The massive urbanisation brings with it huge complexities and sustainability issues – especially for the fast- growing Tier 2 and 3 cities with unevolved infrastructure that is no longer fit to deal with the huge, and almost unimagined, inflow of people. It would entail radical overhauling of our infrastructure, public services and access to growth opportunities for the citizens.
In 2015, India took its first major step towards building safer, greener and intelligent metropolises when the government announced its plans to develop 100 smart cities along with a host of urban renewal schemes. Major policy reforms and public-private partnerships are on the anvil, which will require huge investments in retrofitting, redevelopment as well as creation of satellite towns around the smart cities.
Urban transportation systems that are able to efficiently transport thousands of people within these cities would be the key enablers for the success of smart cities. It is estimated that we need an investment of $23 trillion for metro, rail, bus and other associated infrastructure over the period of next 20 years to achieve efficiency levels that are at par with global standards.
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