The 'Smart Cities Mission' Aims for Rapid Urban Development in India

India is seeking to continue its rapid pace of urbanization with the help of its new Smart Cities Mission – a government-proposed and funded initiative that seeks to aid in the development of 100 smart cities across the country.

The initiative's mission is to "aim at developing the entire urban ecosystem, which is represented by the four pillars of comprehensive development – institutional, physical, social and economic infrastructure." The Smart Cities Mission will seek to implement a range of features, including the promotion of mixed-land use, inclusive housing, creating "walkable localities" that will reduce air pollution and traffic congestion, preserving and developing recreational spaces, optimizing transportation options, making governance "citizen-friendly and cost-effective," giving the cities individual identities, and applying Smart Solutions to infrastructure and services.

The urban planners, architects, and tech experts who will be leading the various initiatives within the Smart Cities Mission will have free rein to give their respective cities their own unique culture and designs within the criteria of the Smart Cities Mission – ensuring that cities across the country will retain their distinct identities.