The Smart Cities Mission of the Government of India is one of the most challenging and ambitious urban development agenda, writes an urban infrastructure enthusiast.

The objective to develop 100 Smart Cities over five years is a laudable commitment towards urban transformation. The mission is launched at a time when India’s urbanisation is growing faster than the rest of the world.

A new report tracks the opportunities for future technology collaborations between India and the UK to strengthen links in the areas of Smart Cities, Digital Healthcare and Advanced Manufacturing.

Today 30 per cent of India’s population resides in urban centres, with these centres contributing around 65 per cent of India’s GDP. It is projected that urban India will contribute about 75 per cent of the national GDP in the next 15-20 years, while the number of people residing in urban centres doubles to 600 million.

How 4G can transform India’s economy and improve both governance and the delivery of many essential services across India.

In February 2016, Singularity University, an organisation that focuses on the impact of “exponentials”, held their first summit in Asia in Mumbai – in collaboration with Deloitte – to discuss what they felt were key factors or exponentials that would shape societal and business challenges in the coming era. It was a true learning experience to sit through the sessions on various topics such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and robotics, and crowdsourcing, among others, and their possible impact, and listening to renowned professors and practitioners speak on how such exponentials will shape the future.

Nitin Gadkari is among one of the Narendra Modi led government’s biggest assets and has undoubtedly shaken things up as the minister for road transport, highways and shipping. He takes some valuable time out of his incessant schedule for ‘India Investment Journal’ to take stock of where things stand in terms of his enormous infrastructure challenge.