By Kaushik Dutta and Prasanna Mohanty
The authors are Director and Principal Consultant, respectively, Consultant Thought Arbitrage Research Institute, New Delhi. firstname.lastname@example.org
India's Smart Cities Mission envisages some developments in terms of infrastructure in several urban centres. However, it ignores to address the problem of land acquisition and land management, without which all change would seem superfluous.
The Smart Cities Mission launched in June 2015 by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government envisages to redeem 20 cities with central assistance, to develop physical, institutional, social and economic infrastructure which is aimed at improving the quality of life as well as economic viability of these urban centres. This was long overdue as most cities are in a civic and financial mess because of unplanned and rapid urbanisation. One of the key contributing factors to this mess is poor...