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A Smart City Can Create 40% More Economic Activity: Expert

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Bangalore | Thursday, Oct 9 2014 IST
Smart Cities in India, as projected by the union government, will soon be a reality and can offer 40 per cent more economic activity.

Schneider Electric India today hosted an engaging panel discussion with subject matter experts to deliberate on India's urban infrastructure and identify the building blocks for making the government's 'Smart Cities' project a reality.

"Changing India: A Smart City Revolution" put the spotlight on the socio-economic necessities that drive the Smart City objective, turning the table on the inadequacies of our country's infrastructure and administrative mechanisms, and the skills that will guide the city planners, administrators and proponents to build and manage Smart Cities.

Mr Leo Apothekar, Vice-Chairman Schneider Electric said there were multiple components to a Smart City which need to be considered while planning such a project.

These mainly include energy, mobility, water, public services and buildings & homes. India has embarked on a very exciting mission of creating Smart Cities and we are confident that contributions from all sections of the society, public and private, can make this dream a reality.

"Only cities can accommodate population growth and there is a need for Smart Cities," he said.

Mr Nilesh Purey, Vice President, ICT, Gujarat International Finance Tec-City Co Ltd, said there was a need to develop good skills sets and learn from the West, especially in the areas of administration and municipality. This is something that we have successfully implemented at GIFT. Every employee at GIFT has visited at least two countries to understand and learn best practices in this area.

The contour of the discussion was shaped and led by R K Misra, Founder Director, Center for Smart Cities and the panellists comprised an eclectic mix of eminent dignitaries. UNI RS PY AS1959 NNNN

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