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We should make the existing cities smarter thorough policies and other infrastructure development rather than grabbing more land for new cities as we need them to feed our population.
 

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Cisco keen to partner India in smart cities, industrial corridor projects

Global networking solutions company Cisco Systems is looking to partner India in setting up smart cities and industrial corridors, its CEO and chairman, John Chambers, said in his meeting with department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) secretary Amitabh Kant on Friday.

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Indian cities set to get smarter, more efficient

After promising to build 100 new cities in its manifesto, the Centre has now whittled down its ambitious plan and will now focus on making existing cities smarter.

The government will do this by introducing technology-based interventions in the management of the cities.

According to sources, this is one of PM Narendra Modi’s pet projects and is being closely monitored by the PMO. The union urban development (UD) ministry is readying the blueprint of the proposal, which will replace the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), said the sources. The ministry initially proposed to launch the smart cities project in phases.

In phase I, big cities would be targeted where the government proposed to use information technology as a tool for solving urban problems and creating an efficient governance mechanism.

“Some of the bigger cities have already introduced technology-based interventions like intelligent traffic systems or online systems for getting death/birth certificates. In the first phase, we want to bring these interventions used by different cities on one common platform,” said an official. Initially, the government will concentrate on 468 cities where 74% of India’s urban population lives.

UD ministry officials have been told to take inspiration from a similar smart city project — Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) — coming up in Gujarat.

“Nothing has been finalised as yet. We are still grappling with issues related to its implementation and funding pattern — to what extent public private partnership would be used, whether centre and states would jointly fund the project or states would have to garner their own resources,” said the official.

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What india needs is a standardized address format. The hodgepodge of address conventions in india is very chaotic. For example, in many cities especially in the north, the disorganized growth of the cities resulted in "planners"creating colonies within colonies within colonies with haphazard boundaries...it's impossible to find an address and narrowing down based on landmarks and asking locals is the only way to navigate.

In the south too, absence of standardized address implies developers are forced to give their address using names with road as demarcation (phaeton township off NH207 : nh207 is hundreds of km long for chrissakes)

All coupled with people arbitrarily changing names of roads Everytime a popular local citizen dies...gives a picture of a logical problem that permeates through every aspect of Indians lives...address standardization and it's canonical forms leads to enormous simplification in global integration, GPS standardization, forms and identity address simplification and even encroachment regulation as even empty maidans and properties which currently not residing on canonical maps having designated address and thus the notion of enforced ownership, can be legally prevented from even manifesting. The domino effect of this address standards would also result in improved signage (no more missing or muddled or signs as standards would force even the most incompetent of corporators to acknowledge its easy to build name signs based on trends and precision standards enforce. )

This should be fine first and foremost, as part of smart cities initiative.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postal_address_verification
 

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I find Bangalore model - street names - Main Roads, Cross Roads, as the most user friendly among all the Indian Cities.

Chennai recently went for Odd numbers in a row (1-3-5-7-9 etc ) and even numbers in opp row (2-4-6-8-10 etc). But how far it is easier I am not sure.

Chandigarh Sector wise Model is also good.
 

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I find Bangalore model - street names - Main Roads, Cross Roads, as the most user friendly among all the Indian Cities.

Chennai recently went for Odd numbers in a row (1-3-5-7-9 etc ) and even numbers in opp row (2-4-6-8-10 etc). But how far it is easier I am not sure.

Chandigarh Sector wise Model is also good.
Should really go Pan India - and in standardized format! Will also enforce greater national integration - I like Chennai's style - its commonly used in some of the Western Countries - and its very effective!
 

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The main problem currently is of infrastructure and manufacturing. So investment in these two is vital. Although I am not very happy with these India invites _____ to invest. What's there to invite? It's not like they are doing a favor.. there's no invitation/request in business.

Maybe it's just the macaulayite media's idiotic wording, but it doesn't sound very respectful to the country.
 
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