What could be more good news than the development of our cities when a country like Japan steps forward to help India? Yes recently on January 5th 2017, Japanese Ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu met Mr. M Venkiah Naidu, our Union Urban Development Minister regarding the same issue, to render a helping hand in the development of  Chennai, Varanasi and Ahmadabad.

Not only Japan, but other countries also has shown their interest in helping India to make its cities smart. Cities like Allahabad, Vishakapatnam and Ajmer will be among the cities turning their old looks into a modern outlook.

So, what’s a Smart City means?

Japan steps forward to help India

Smart city is the city development imaginative and prescient to combine a number of data and communication expertise and Web of Issues, options in a safe vogue to handle a metropolis’s property, however are usually not restricted to that but the development of native departments’ data methods, faculties, libraries, transportation methods, hospitals, energy crops, water provide networks, waste administration, regulation enforcement, and different group companies. The purpose of constructing a wise metropolis is to enhance high quality of life through the use of city informatics and expertise to enhance the effectivity of companies and meet residents’ wants. ICT permits metropolis officers to work together straight with the group and town infrastructure and to watch what is going on within the metropolis, how town is evolving, and learn how to allow a greater high quality of life. By means of the usage of sensors built-in with real-time monitoring methods, information are collected from residents and units – then processed and analyzed. The knowledge and data gathered are the necessary keys and will act as basic guidelines to tackle the inefficiency.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched this initiative in 2014 which aims to develop 100 smart cities till 2020. The funds required for the same was set at Rs 48000 Cr and the selection of cities were conducted through an intra-city competition.