Smart Cities are not mere theoretical concepts but greatest opportunity to improve people’s lives: Goa CM Pramod Sawant
Says there is a need for all cities to identify long-term revenue models based on the infrastructure that is being created under the Smart Cities Mission.
NEW DELHI: Goa Chief Minister Dr. Pramod Sawant said that there is a need for all cities to identify long-term revenue models based on the infrastructure that is being created under the Smart Cities Mission. Smart cities are not mere dreams or theoretical concepts but the greatest opportunity to improve people’s lives, he added.
The CM was addressing the gathering after inaugurating the Smart Cities CEOs Conference on Data and Technology in Panaji. Rohit Monserrate, Mayor, Corporation of City of Panaji, Kunal Kumar, Joint Secretary and Mission Director and senior officers of the Centre and State Government were present on this occasion.
The two-day conference is being organized by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) in coordination with Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Ltd (IPSCDL). Hosted by IPSCDL, the conference witnessed the participation of Chief Executive Officers/Municipal Commissioners of 100 Smart Cities along with officials from the Central, State government, Industry and knowledge partners.
Meanwhile, Kunal Kumar, Mission Director, Smart Cities Mission said that the time had come for innovative, out of the box thinking. He stated that it was time for CEOs to take control and decide the destinations of their projects, rather than being driven to it.
Talking about projects in Panaji, Mamu Hage, CEO, IPSCDL in her address said that various projects like the Integrated Command and Control Centre, Electric Buses, Mandovi Promenade, taken up under the Smart City Mission have great scope for revenue generation. She stated that monetizing these projects can bring in additional revenue for the city
The conference also saw discussions on the ‘SmartProcure’ guidelines for procurement of innovation, wherein officials from Smart Cities of Shimla, Bhopal and Ahmedabad shared their success stories. MoHUA is expected to announce the ICCC Awards to reward the most innovative and outstanding efforts of cities in creating maximum impact through their ICCCs during the closing ceremony.
Smart Cities Mission was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25th June, 2015. It has been a part of a visionary agenda for urban rejuvenation and has been designed as part of a multi-layer strategy to meet the aspirations of 40% of India’s population living in cities.