NEW DELHI: Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath said that cities of the future had to be inclusive, sustainable and smart.
In order to create efficient and smart infrastructure in cities, smart technologies that had potential to deliver innovative solutions were crucial, he added. Nath was speaking at the opening ceremony of Metropolitan Solutions 2012 at Hannover Messe on Monday. Nath stated that much of the global urbanisation was taking place in the developing countries.
“Asia is in the midst of a decisive transition from a predominantly rural to an urban society. Within Asia, India is urbanising rapidly and the urban population is expected to increase from 400 million in 2011 to over 600 million by 2030,” he said.
To address the challenges of urbanisation in India, the government has agreed in principle to the next phase of the urban renewable programme with an allocation of about $38 billion over the next five years.