Smart City as a concept is not bound by fixed, rigid definition. It varies from city to city, based on its tradition, culture, demography, economic and social factors. To successfully implement a broad and exhaustive program like Smart Cities, it is important for some goals and objectives to be defined.
Smartness deals in doing more with less. The Indian Cities have been ever growing since independence and will exponentially continue to do so. The cities were planned in the initial stages of growth and with increasing population, it further demands sustainable planning, inclusiveness in societies, robust infrastructure and livability for citizens. The natural resources of cities are depleting year on year. There is need to protect the resources and use them efficiently, rather “Smartly”.
It is also important that a city aligns all the built and available resources to deliver desired outcome based on predefined goals and objectives. This vision requires collaborative efforts amongst different stakeholders involved in providing day to day support for the city.
The use of information and communication technology, internet of things and urban informatics also play a vital role in optimizing the efficiency of city operations and services.
The cities should aim to achieve benchmarks in following essential features to classify under globally accepted Smart City norms: -