Smart Cities Mission Brings Together Diverse Government Schemes on Affordable Housing Under One Roof
People migrate to cities in search of employment. Due to their low paying jobs, they find it difficult to spend money on housing. As a result, slums, squalor, and informal settlements result with poor conditions that lack basic services. Hence, affordable housing with a respectable standard of living becomes imperative to improve the livability, workability and sustainability in a city,
India has witnessed an unprecedented increase in the scale and pace of urbanization. As per the last census, the country has 31 per cent urban population residing in more than 4,000 cities and towns. The High Power Expert Committee Report (2011)1 has estimated that by the year 2031 the country will have more than 87 metropolitan areas and 600 million people will be living in urban areas, and that migration to urban areas accounts for 20-25 per cent increase in urban population
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Ushering Smart Cities to the Next Level
Globally cities are accelerating their efforts to harness technology convergence for smart solutions to automate decision-making and scale urban experience to the next level. As a part of their transformational journeys, cities are strengthening their geospatial infrastructure to unleash the power of spatial analytics, the Internet of Things (IoT), big data, and artificial intelligence (AI) to improve the quality of life for their citizens and strengthen resilience.
Launched in 2015, the first phase of Smart Cities Mission (SCM) set the ball rolling for a new chapter in the Indian urban scenario. With an objective of providing core infrastructure, good quality of life and a clean, sustainable environment through ‘Smart’ solutions and services, 100 cities across the country launched citizen-centric programs to address their local challenges.
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