NASSCOM Creates Framework For Smart Cities Project

by Sandhya Malhotra    May 22, 2015


According to an estimate, by the year 2050, the population in Indian cities will touch 843 million. To accommodate this extensive urbanisation, India needs to find smarter ways to manage complexities, reduce expenses, increase efficiency, and improve the quality of urban life.

To tap this opportunities and converting the Prime Minister Modi’s quest to build 100 smart cities into reality, the Smart Cities Expo is looking at all the aspects.

The smart cities program has received considerable support and wide spread interest from countries and international organizations to explore investment and collaborative opportunities with India.

Under the government’s 100 smart cities program, approved by the Cabinet last month, each selected city will receive central assistance of Rs 100 crore annually for five years driving economic growth and taking progress forward. Special emphasis will be given to participation of citizens in prioritizing and planning urban interventions.

As per industry body NASSCOM, the government’s smart cities program can create business opportunities to the tune of $30-40 billion for the IT sector over the next 5-10 years.

On the second day of Expo, NASSCOM along with Accenture, AGI, Orkash launched an theIntegrated ICT and Geospatial Technologies Framework for the 100 Smart Cities Mission report. It has been developed with the aim to demystify the role of ICT in developing smart cities. The framework tries to capture and address the issues and needs of all stakeholders including citizens and businesses.

Sharing its vision on the role of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) in the 100 smart cities mission, NASSCOM said that in partnership with several industry members and partners, it has built a framework to highlight the ICT role in developing smart cites. The effort was mounted by NASSCOM in response to the Urban Development Ministry suggestions.

“The ICT interventions will enable management of cities in a manner that is sustainable, transparent and efficient. The framework also proposes the ICT governance model, organizational requirements, conceptual architecture, implementation approach and performance management approach over and above drawing reference to already existing investments in ICT, under various MMPs, wherever applicable,” said BVR Mohan Reddy, Chairman, NASSCOM.

The key elements of the framework deep dive into social infrastructure and governance. These are the things you need to create physical such as pipes, road, electric line has to be laid, transportation systems.The ICT role comes in a play making sure these psychical infrastructure gets efficient . The ICT will play a role to make the physical assets efficient and light.

The report highlighted that developing smart cities in India needs a balanced focus on infrastructure development and ICT-GT initiatives. Traditionally, city master planning was only focusing on physical infrastructure, economic development and environmental planning. City development plans were developed considering physical, economic and environmental infrastructure, but considering the role ICT-GT plays in improving efficiency and capacity of city infrastructure, it is important to include ICT-GT planning as key element of city master planning and city development plans.

Reddy also added that, ” Smart Cities project is going to be a huge opportunities for the ICT, but we can’t put a figure on it. But there are 100 cities and 8,000 municipalities opportunities for the ICT industry at this time . Having said, it does not mean only 100 cities will do the implementation of smart cities. It is very complex, how deep they want to go in terms of implementation. Municipalities need to get more amount of efficiency. ICT can have a larger role to get started in areas like land, power water, sewage and public transport.”

Rakesh Kaul, Partner-Government and Public services, PwC, India said, “Smart Cities concept is built on 4 pillars that includes Physical (Infrastructure), Social (Health, Education, and Entertainment), Institutional (Municipalities & City Managers), Economic (Ease of doing business in India). The initiatives should be commercially viable, socially inclusive and maintain ecological balance