- Posted December 12, 2013 by
Smart Cities Council
Bangaluru India launches Smart Cities Council today.
Urbanization in India has significant implications for the future development of the country. By 2030, India’s urban population will touch 590 million or nearly twice that of the United States, while Indian cities will generate close to 70% of the GDP. This will exert tremendous pressure on urban infrastructure and services. It is, therefore, imperative that we find innovative solutions for the urban challenges of growth and sustainability.
This dramatic growth also provides impetus for the creation of smart cities which leverage information and communications technology (ICT) to greatly improve the productivity, lifestyle and the prosperity of our people. Additionally, green growth strategies can build environmentally sustainable cities.
Though the concept of smart cities is relatively new in India, we are well on the path to creating them. As stated by Kamal Nath, Union Minister for Urban Development, “Under JNNURM Phase II, every state will have at least one smart city.”
About Smart Cities Council - India
Smart Cities Council - India (SCC-I)is an initiative of the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) -- a nonprofit organization engaged in promoting sustainability across sectors -- in association with the Global Smart Cities Council. Located in Bangalore, the IT and knowledge capital of India, SCC-I will work in collaboration with the Global Council's efforts to promote development of smart cities around the world.
The mission of the Council is to accelerate growth in the smart cities sector by lowering barriers to adoption through thought leadership, outreach, tools and advocacy. The Council's partners include some of the world’s leading technology companies with expertise in smart cities and infrastructure.
As per UNEP the cities of the 21st century are the largest sites of human settlement today, and are increasingly acting as critical nexus points of social, economic, ecological and technological change.