NITI Aayog organises the Transforming Urban India Worshop

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NITI Aayog organised a workshop titled “Transforming Urban India: Developing Smart and Sustainable Cities” on September 2, 2015 at India International Centre in New Delhi with Centre for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP), Bengaluru being their knowledge partner .

A report proposing a Reference Framework for Smart Cities, prepared by CSTEP, Bengaluru, was also released at this event. The Report proposes a reference framework for smart cities that offers directions for sustainable ways of city planning to both practitioners and theorists.

The Framework is based on the following four guiding principles:

1) Well-being; 2) Equity; 3) Efficiency; and 4) Foresight. These guiding principles have been derived from the United Nation’s (UN’s) draft Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Framework primarily aims to crystallise future pathways for smart city development in India.

There was an enthusiastic participation by various from various stakeholders viz State Governments, Urban Local Bodies (ULBs), Central Government Ministries, experts, academia and industry in the workshop. The workshop was attended by over 250 participants with over 100 representatives from states & union territories. The participants ideated on some of the critical aspects that enhance the quality of life in a city and make a city sustainable and therefore, smart. As the Smart Cities Mission and Atal Mission for Urban Rejuvenation and Transformation have been recently launched, it was emphasised that the Centre and States will work together to take these forward. Ministry of Urban Development and NITI Aayog will facilitate the States in implementing these Missions.

The Workshop was chaired by Mr Bibek Debroy, Member NITI Aayog. Mrs Sindhushree Khullar CEO, NITI Aayog and Dr V.S. Arunachalam, chairman CSTEP addressed the participants. Dr Sameer Sharma, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development made a presentation on Smart Cities Mission Guidelines. wishes the very best.