India faces rapid urbanization and the urban population set to rise by more than 400 million people by 2050. It is also estimated that in the next 15 years, the urban population will contribute nearly 75% to the India's GDP.
The government has identified the need for creating well planned cities that can match and foster this growth. In last 12 months, India has been extremely aggressive in executing its vision of setting up 100 Smart Cities and the cabinet on 29th April 2015 has approved the Centre spending of about INR 1 lakh crore (USD 15.6 Billion) on urban development under two new urban missions - Smart Cities Mission and the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation(AMRUT) of 500 cities. The vision is to preserve our traditional architecture, culture & ethnicity while we implement modern technology. These smart cities are currently attracting global investment, will create new job opportunities, improve communications and infrastructure, decrease pollution and ultimately improve the quality of living.
Some of the top challenges will include devising a fool-proof plan to develop smart cities, meaningful public-private partnership, increasing the renewable energy, water supply, effective waste management, traffic management, meeting power demand, urban mobility, ICT connectivity, e-governance, etc., while preparing for new threats that can emerge with implementation of these new technologies.
Average age of urban population in India will be 29 years by the year 2020, making India the largest youth workforce. Nispana Innovative Platforms has identified the necessity to host the "Sustainable Smart Cities India" to bring in national and international experts and stakeholders in this sector to discuss the opportunities and challenges in creating smart and responsible cities and citizens. Conference will help in creating a roadmap for converting the smart cities vision into a reality that is best suited for India.