NextGen Cities Hyderabad: Chief Guest
The debate about urban renewal and planning cities of the future, the Smart Cities, is conducted within the boundaries of governance, infrastructure and technology. However, this debate often ignores the most critical fourth dimension, the people who define the city. Governance Now NextGen Cities Conclave, with focus on Technologies for People-centric Urban Development aims to relocate the debate and take it back to basics that governance, infrastructure and technology are but tools to enable citizens to unlock their potential to create cities of their imagination and need.
While the Telangana Minister of Information Technology Shri KT Rama Rao recently launched the state’s first public Wi-fi in the run-up to make Hyderabad a Global Smart City, the state government is pushing to develop Khammam as a smart city under the proposed 100 smart cities programme mooted by the Government of India. Besides, Telangana has also identified Nizamabad, Hyderabad, Karimnagar, Vikarabad and Warangal as the other five towns for the smart cities project.
It is also important to note that the Telangana state government has decided to set up an advanced “Smart Health City” in Bibinagar of Nalgonda district on the outskirts of Hyderabad and the Chief Minister Shri K Chandrashekhar Rao has already allocated about 400 acres of land for the same. The state government is also exploring the possibility of developing an Information Technology Investment Region (ITIR) as part of the Hyderabad smart city plan.
With the draft concept note on Smart City Scheme clearly identifying institutional infrastructure, physical infrastructure and social infrastructure as the three pillars of next generation urban development, it is clear that the cities of tomorrow will be a mix of smart infrastructure and smart government that can empower people in government, businesses, and the community through innovation to build a more sustainable city across economic, environmental, and social spheres. The initiative assumes more importance as the contribution of urban areas to the India’s GDP has already crossed the 60% mark and is expected to touch 75% by 2031.
The NextGen Cities Conclave aims to explore the socio-psychological aspects of technology-enabled next-generation cities that can empower people in government, businesses and the community to create a more sustainable urban infrastructure across economic, environmental, and social spheres.
With the world undergoing a massive urbanisation and more and more people moving to cities to build better lives — not just to seek better jobs but also for higher education and advanced innovation in healthcare, science, and energy — the engines of new ideas and businesses that drive breakthroughs and economic growth.
What this means is that the Next Generation of cities or the Smart Cities need to meet the raising expectations of citizens, businesses as well as the civic authorities and government agencies that are constantly being challenged by the growing aspirations.
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