Debalina Chakravarty: Govt needs to revisit smart city challenges — Here’s why

Most of the action plans are just replications of successful projects in large cities like Delhi, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, etc, which may not be appropriate for small and/or developing cities of the country

The 100 smart cities are only 2.5% of the total number of cities and towns of the country and it is expected that the 100 cities will set an example for the remaining urban agglomeration in the future.

The flagship mission of the ministry of housing and urban affairs, ‘Smart City Mission’, has released around Rs 1,26,000 crore for its urban development projects till February 2019, which is expected to impact 7.33% of the total population and 24% of the urban population of the country. The opportunity to grow with the transformational changes under the mission is significantly high and the first 20 smart cities are growing fast, but with the rest of the cities, there are still some fundamental issues left to deal with.

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