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IIT Bombay and IIT Roorkee to help the government build smart cities

Vanita Srivastava, Hindustan Times   New Delhi, August 04, 2013
First Published: 21:04 IST(4/8/2013) | Last Updated: 07:32 IST(5/8/2013)

The HRD ministry will partner with IIT Bombay and IIT Roorkee for building ‘smart cities’ equipped with better amenities.

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A roadmap for this collaboration was devised in Delhi recently to help identify themes related to city management by integrating technology with governance.

"The future lies in how we create and manage cities  in a sustainable and inclusive manner through smart urban planning. IITs and IIMs being the premier institutions, have significant knowledge pool to create a vision, strategies and plan of implementation in an integrated manner," HRD minister Pallam Raju told HT.

"Urbanisation is growing at a fast pace in India. We now require qualified people to plan, build and manage mega-cities efficiently," IIT Bombay director Prof. Devang Khakhar said adding "Our work will not just be confined to engineering and science but will also extend to design, social science and policy issues. We hope to build linkages with other universities and institutes as well as municipal authorities to collaboratively make a difference in this important area."

IIT Roorkee Director Pradipta Banerji said the objective of this collaboration was to bring together a variety of institutions and people with different sectoral focuses on a common platform.

On the areas that IIT Roorkee would be interested in having collaborations in, he said: "Our primary interest is in integrated development of Uttarakhand. We will work together with our collaborators to create a hill and heritage development plan that does not affect the local ecology. These will include focus on use of smart technology in transportation, water and electricity supply, hazard identification, infrastructure development and other issues that will meet the social aspirations of the people."


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