Future Cities: Jaipur aims to become India’s smartest city
“Jaipur aims to become India’s smartest city,” says Sandesh Nayak, CEO of Jaipur Smart City Limited, the government organization tasked with implementing Jaipur’s development plans. “Jaipur is not designed in a very geometric fashion. The roads are not very wide and we currently face major problems with traffic management.”
At the beginning of 2015, the Indian government launched a competition called the India Smart Cities Challenge to encourage its metropolitan areas to pursue innovation and ambitious development plans. For Rajasthan’s main urban center, coping with its projected population growth has been high on the agenda. While smart city projects are now all the rage across more developed economies, in India there’s more at stake than city budget and pride. Quality of life, after all, dovetails with economic survival.
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