He said resources can be mobilised “if you have quality leaders.”
IT plays a vital role in contributing to quality of city systems. “You need IT to monitor growth, revenue and expenses, health care, education and nutrition levels. IT is at the heart of everything.”
The winner of the Quality of Life and Quality of city systems award was Surat Ramesh Ramanthan, co-founder, Janaagraha. He said, “With this city systems framework, we measure different aspects of Indian cities, and compare them to others. We believe unless urban planning and design, urban capacities and resources, empowered and legitimate political representation and transparency, accoutnability and participation are addressed, we cannot get sustainable change in our cities”.