Smart Cities Development - Importance of Project Management for Monitoring and Execution
Raj Kalady, Managing Director, PMI India
India has a population of 1.27 billion plus and growing with every tick of the clock. To accommodate this rapid urbanization, the GoI has envisioned the concept of building 100 smart cities in the country. The GoI has allocated $1.2 billion to build these smart cities. There is no such exact definition for Smart City, but a city is said to be smart when it ultimately runs Information and Communication Technology (ICTs) model—be it for governance, education, electricity, water, sanitation, and recycling, ensuring 24/7 water supply, traffic and transport systems. Though these features appear to be futuristic, a smart city brings these along with it which is set to be a reality in India in less than a decade as the smart city concept takes hold.
The Smart Cities Mission requires smart people who actively participate in governance and reforms. Citizen involvement is much more than a ceremonial participation in governance. Smart people involve themselves in the definition of the Smart City, decisions on deploying Smart Solutions, implementing reforms, doing more with less and oversight during implementing and designing post-project structures to make the Smart City developments sustainable.
Significant investments in time and resources will have to be made available during the planning phase before participation in the Challenge. Understanding the concepts of retrofitting, redevelopment and greenfield development by the policy makers, implementers and other stakeholders at different levels will require capacity assistance. The management of construction projects requires knowledge of modern management as well as an understanding of the design and construction process.
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