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Foreword

Devendra

Gangadharrao

Fadnavis

Chief Minister of

Maharashtra, India

Chief Minister of Maharashtra

It is said that economic growth and urbanisation are correlated. Economic growth highly influences urbanisation.

While in turn urbanisation affects the rate at which economy grows. Growing urbanisation brings with it challenges

of providing adequate land, water, food, better infrastructure, employment opportunities and of course, better

living standards. The inadequacies of any of these resources result in insufficient and faulty management of cities.

Therefore, cities are said to be engines of economic development of the nation.

Today, 31 % of India’s population resides in urban areas contributing 63 % of national GDP. It is expected that

by the year 2030, 40 % of India’s population will be living in urban areas and will contribute 75% of national GDP.

Considering these facts comprehensive development of physical, institutional, social and economic infrastructure

become necessary. All these are important to improve the standard of living and attract people and investments

to cities. Development of smart cities is the first step in that direction.

The object of the Smart City Mission is to provide core infrastructure and quality life to its citizen with clean and

sustainable environment and application of smart solutions.

The Government of India’s urban rejuvenation programme, 100 smart cities and 500 AMRUT cities will only serve

to stimulate the existing urban development efforts.

Maharashtra is the most urbanised State of the country. Approximately 50 % of its population resides in cities

creating huge demands on the existing infrastructure. Therefore, we have to develop better scientific tools to

improve city planning with sensitivity to local ecology and heritage and reduce demand for transportation, improve

mobility and reduce congestion. For this, we need sound policies to achieve these goals.

We welcome the private sector’s participation in urban development and consider their contribution pivotal in

the State’s achievements. We welcome the recommendations suggested by the World Economic Forum and

will consider those that relate to strengthening urban local bodies and the development of better business

environment.

Considering the past experiences the State has already initiated a War Room to accelerate strategic urban

infrastructure projects. Further, the State is focused on reforming the power sector, which will be critical to urban

development and building world class cities. I believe that this new found approach to delivering projects, coupled

with business reforms will accelerate the initiation of Smart Cities in Maharashtra.

Nara Chandra

Babu Naidu

Chief Minister of

Andhra Pradesh,

India

Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh

India is at crossroads in its journey towards becoming a developped nation, and cities will play a pivotal role in

improving the socio-economic standing on India. The Government’s recently announced schemes such as 100

Smart Cities, 500 AMRUT cities, Digital India, Make in India and Skill India - when converged together - provide a

framework which sets the development agenda for the country.

Our focus on building smart cities is prudent and timely. The State of Andhra Pradesh has taken the lead

towards the implementation of these programs - as showcased by the selection of two cities (Visakhapatnam

and Kakinada) among the top twenty smart cities in India. In order for the state to develop its urban core, strong

public-private collaboration will be required - and we have taken steps towards this.

Additionally, we also plan to develop Amaravati - a new greenfield city - which wil serve as the state capital of

Andhra Pradesh. The Greenfield riverfront capital city, coming up on the banks of river Krishna, is set to have a

number of firsts in the country.

I believe every city needs basic civic infrastructure in place for proper mobility, economic development, growth

and safety. As we develop our state’s urban core, we need to strive together to create stronger and independent

institutions at a local level and also create a congenial business environment for the private sector.

The World Economic Forum has pointed out reforms required to accelerate the development of smart cities. In

this regard, we have already begun our journey towards the implementation of some of these reforms.

We are committed to meet and exceed the aspiration of all stakeholders - citizens, business and members of

civil society by adopting the right governance structure and empowering institutions. We are working to develop

the entire ecosystem and develop each city into a growth centre, eventually transforming Andhra Pradesh into a

bustling state.

I would like to thank the World Economic Forum for recommending the reforms for our urban local bodies and

state government and we will give our due considerations to their suggestions in developing world class cities in

Andhra Pradesh.

Reforms to Accelerate the Development of India’s Smart Cities - Shaping the Future of Urban Development & Services Initiative

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