Get smart on smart cities
Apropos of the piece “It is time to make the smart city dream come true” (May 11) by Arindam Guha, with the smart city programme being cleared by the Union Cabinet, the dream has moved a step closer to reality. There is no doubt that citizens are bound to reap the benefits of urban living that have been pending, thanks to the bottlenecks related to basic, network & ICT infrastructure related issues. The decisive factor that will play a crucial role to make this project acceptable and, ultimately, successful in any city, will be public awareness and participation from the very beginning. It is the creation of basic infrastructure, viz. serage lines and piped water supply—as the piece has correctly pointed out—that needs the maximum investments. The government will have to aggressively market this idea through the media to convince public that it is them that will ultimately gain with no extra charges levied on them through any kind of taxes, etc. It is very important to remove any such kind of suspicion from the minds of the public as it involves huge funding by the government. There is never a free lunch and public knows it well.
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