India set to build 100 smart cities

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India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), contestant in the country’s 2014 general elections, said in its party manifesto that – besides creating more jobs and boosting manufacturing – its aim is to set up 100 smart cities and modernizing infrastructure.

The 100 smart cities planned by the party will also do their bit in rejuvenating the economy at the grassroots level, he said. Areas hit by guerilla violence, for instance, will get priority as there is a pressing need to boost manufacturing and generate jobs in these places.

Each smart city will focus on products based on the core strength of the area in which it is being set up. Creation of jobs and promoting India as a global manufacturing hub will be the guiding philosophy.

Urbanisation is rampant in India, where an average of 30 people move from rural areas to the city every minute. The country is set to build 500 new cities over the next 20 years to house 700 million more city dwellers by 2050, according to a study by consulting firm Booz & Company.

The cities will be equipped with clean transportation and other solutions to manage energy and services in each of the country’s states. As part of this campaign, Delhi will draw on the expertise of the Austrian Institute of Technology.

India already has plans to build seven new smart cities, each home at least two million people, which will rise up between Delhi and Mumbai as part of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, a huge programme involving total investment of $100 billion, financed with the help of Japan.

Every major telecoms giant and a host of start-ups are battling for the market for smart cities in India, which IBM and McKinsey estimate will be worth $1.2 trillion in the next 20 years.

Just 30 minutes from New Delhi, India is building the “Wave City” project on 18 square kilometers of land in Ghaziabad, where all services are managed by smart systems, even the rail line.

Another initiative making headlines in India is the country’s private city project, “Lavasa”. Elsewhere, the state of Haryana has signed an agreement to build an Eco City in Manesar with a Japanese consortium comprising NEC, Tokyo Gas and Toshiba, along with Japan’s Ministry of the Economy, Trade and Industry.

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India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), contestant in the country’s 2014 general elections, said in its party manifesto that – besides creating more jobs and boosting manufacturing – its aim is to set up 100 smart cities and modernizing infrastructure.

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India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), contestant in the country’s 2014 general elections, said in its party manifesto that – besides creating more jobs and boosting manufacturing – its aim is to set up 100 smart cities and modernizing infrastructure.

The 100 smart cities planned by the party will also do their bit in rejuvenating the economy at the grassroots level, he said. Areas hit by guerilla violence, for instance, will get priority as there is a pressing need to boost manufacturing and generate jobs in these places.

Each smart city will focus on products based on the core strength of the area in which it is being set up. Creation of jobs and promoting India as a global manufacturing hub will be the guiding philosophy.

Urbanisation is rampant in India, where an average of 30 people move from rural areas to the city every minute. The country is set to build 500 new cities over the next 20 years to house 700 million more city dwellers by 2050, according to a study by consulting firm Booz & Company.

The cities will be equipped with clean transportation and other solutions to manage energy and services in each of the country’s states. As part of this campaign, Delhi will draw on the expertise of the Austrian Institute of Technology.

India already has plans to build seven new smart cities, each home at least two million people, which will rise up between Delhi and Mumbai as part of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, a huge programme involving total investment of $100 billion, financed with the help of Japan.

Every major telecoms giant and a host of start-ups are battling for the market for smart cities in India, which IBM and McKinsey estimate will be worth $1.2 trillion in the next 20 years.

Just 30 minutes from New Delhi, India is building the “Wave City” project on 18 square kilometers of land in Ghaziabad, where all services are managed by smart systems, even the rail line.

Another initiative making headlines in India is the country’s private city project, “Lavasa”. Elsewhere, the state of Haryana has signed an agreement to build an Eco City in Manesar with a Japanese consortium comprising NEC, Tokyo Gas and Toshiba, along with Japan’s Ministry of the Economy, Trade and Industry.

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