Indian cities, today, are facing unprecedented challenges. The pace of urbanization is increasing exponentially.

The  increased  mobility  and  migration  of the rural  population  to  urbanized  clusters  has  led  to  severe pressures  on the current  and  available  urban  infrastructure. In  addition, climate  change  and  other environmental  and  energy  pressuresmake  it  imperative  for  cities  to  take  remedial  action.  To  promote  a thriving, healthy,and sustainable culture, cities must aim to achieve economic, social,and environmental sustainability.

This transformation is just the beginning. Cities of tomorrow must immediately rethink how they operate and deliver services by leveraging digital tools, data,and intelligent connected systems.

The  benefits  of  such  a  technology-powered  and  driven  initiative  are  envisaged  to  be  manifold,among  them arethe economic, social,and environmental benefits.  These  can  be  briefly  explained  as follows:

Economic benefits:

Direct or indirect revenue generation or opportunity to save costs,including,but not limited to,direct revenues and taxes, indirect revenues by way of local economic development,and direct monetary benefits from cost savings, among others.

Social benefits:

The direct or indirect positive impact on city infrastructure and citizens,including,but  not  limited  to,enhanced  city  planning  and  development, egovernment  services  delivered directly to citizens, improved productivity,and enhanced law and order.

Environmental benefits:

The direct or indirect positive impact on finite natural resources available to a city/town/nation,including higher awareness and,thus, reduced pollution levels, reduction in the use of fossil fuel,and use of green energy for a cleaner environment.

The Framework of Sustainability

The objective of any Smart City mission is to promote sustainable and inclusive cities that provide core infrastructure and give a quality of life to its citizens,  a clean and sustainable environment, and an application of “smart”solutions. The focus is on sustainable and inclusive (social, economic, and digital) Dvelopment, and  the  idea  is  to  look  at  compact  areasandcreate a replicable model that will act like a lighthouse to other aspiring cities.