The newly developed Smart Cities Index provides a comprehensive framework for assessing the quality of city services for the 53 million plus cities in India across a variety of characteristics. Analysts at the ISB Punj Lloyd Institute of Infrastructure Management, Ashish Mohan and Tryambakesh Kumar Shukla reveal the journey behind the development of the Index and highlight the glaring data gaps that hinder urban development in India.
Sustainable urban development in India needs a strategic path. The existing landscape provides a grim picture of urban development. For instance, the High Powered Expert Committee led by Isher Judge Ahluwalia in 2010 estimated that an investment of nearly ₹39 trillion would be needed for developing urban infrastructure to requisite benchmarks over 2012-2031. As per the McKinsey Global Report on India’s Urban Awakening, India’s existing urban population is slated to increase two-fold in the next three decades, thereby creating a mounting need to manage cities and to improve service levels of city infrastructure. Read more…
Authors: Ashish Mohan and Tryambakesh Kumar Shukla, Analysts at the ISB Punj Lloyd Institute of Infrastructure Management.
Source: This article is extracted from the January-July 2018 issue of ISBInsight.