A top executive of a leading global financial services company has said that India is more than capable of achieving the target of 100 Smart City goal. But for that India needs a “collaborative” and focused approach to complete the ambitious plan. Hany Fam, executive vice president, Enterprise Partnerships, Mastercard, said “with its ambitious plan, it is more crucial than ever for India to stay realistic and focused. For Smart city planning and development, India needs a collaborative approach of shared technology, expertise, learning and governance. That is what India needs to keep focused on to meet their 100 Smart City goal.” Also Read - Canada-India initiative for training of smart city plannersAlso Read - 'Third Smart Cities India 2017 Expo' begin in Delhi
Adding further he noted that India was working towards leveraging the smart city experience and technology available across the globe to drive the transformation it needs. He however alerted that another main point is to not overlook the the current problems infecting the society while they ambitiously work on developing India’s future.
“In order to unlock cities’ full potential, they (India) need to remain focused on simultaneously developing basic services and infrastructure,” Fam said. India needs to keep its smart city vision in mind while it addresses issues such as sanitation and transport, in order to achieve its 100 Smart City goal.
“It needs time, patience and work, but with a solid plan, governance and focus, India is more than capable of achieving it,” he stressed.
The major concern for India is tackling the implications of urbanization, with people moving from countryside to cities in unprecedented numbers, Fam said.
“This is a trend that has global impact and is not specific to developing economies. So now, more than ever, there is a need to come up with technology that can be applied to the challenges cities face in order to make cities smarter, enabling business growth and quality of life,” he advised.