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Smart Cities: An Alternative Perspective

It is almost impossible to criticise the basic imperatives that are driving the operationalisation of the Smart City Mission. Over the past two decades, serious concerns had been expressed about the deficiency of infrastructure and delivery of quality services, mis-governance and inadequacy of funds, particularly in large cities. A consensus has emerged that something major, something massive needs to be done as far as the urban sector is concerned. And that is why we find a large number of administrators, policy makers and researchers strongly supporting this Mission without knowing exactly what its contents are and what its roadmap is. The strong support and welcoming attitude towards Smart Cities Mission is primarily because of the serious deficiencies that exist in our urban system. Understandably, there are huge expectations of diverse kinds from the Mission. The visions of the smart cities of different segments of population, who are associated and would...

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