“Can Technology Make Our Cities Intelligent?”
In the May 11, 2010 issue of The Economic Times, Booz & Company Partner Jai Sinha cited several examples of progressive municipal practices or “green shoots”—areas of major Indian cities in which technology is helping create the “intelligent” city of the future. The City of Ahmedabad, for example, has been generating a Rs 600-700-crore surplus annually through various municipal reforms from creating a slum network where citizens are assured of services for a small fee to efficient solid waste management through composting; waterfront development; and basing slum policy on a partnership model. The examples, says Sinha, are among several recommendations that Booz & Company and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) detail in their report on intelligent urbanization.