The immediate development of cities which are smart, economical, inclusive and sustainable solutions is quintessential. Several attempts have been made previously to design schemes, plans, and policies with a view to make different components of the city smart and efficient.
The current smart city scheme is an attempt to integrate all the individual smart components of each of the previous schemes with the current requirement to cater to the ever-increasing urbanization. The current smart city project intends to develop 100 smart cities within a period of 5 years (2015-2020).
In this context current financial plan of the smart city scheme highlights the serious and severe need of revenue generation activities that would support the budget expenses. Smart Cities, to be effective, must be governed differently from traditional cities. They must systematically use the data, information, interpretation, and knowledge generated by the smart technology to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the city. The ways in which the governance of Smart Cities improves the city’s sustainability, quality of life, equity, livability, and resilience using the technology need to be closely studied.
To address the above issues RPPC organized a one-day workshop on Smart Governance of Smart cities: From Vision to Implementation on 18th September 2018 at RMC, MSRIT, Bengaluru. This workshop was highly interactive with participants from diverse stakeholder organizations on their visions of an ideal smart city and the barriers to and facilitators of an Indian smart city.
The workshop concluded by developing future pathways to governance of smart cities in India based on the inputs from the exercises involving the stakeholders. The interactive workshop catered to the above vision of GOI that aims to create 100 resilient cities in India.