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For kinder smart cities | The Indian Express

For kinder smart cities | The Indian Express

For kinder smart cities

Urban growth should address needs of children from poorer sections of society

Written by Vishal Chowla | Published: December 26, 2017 12:00 am
India is urbanising fast with over 7,000 cities and towns of different population and sizes.

Creating smart cities is a welcome move. Several projects that involve cross-sector collaborations for effective management of urban services are on the anvil of policy-makers. A smart city plan should provide for core infrastructure, which while ensuring a decent quality of life to its citizens, also focuses on a creating a sustainable and inclusive environment. However, while current smart city plans seem to focus on tangible outcomes that pertain to physical aspects of development, they fall short of addressing the requirements of the country’s human capital, including the welfare and well-being of all children. One such reality is the issue of migration from rural to urban centres. Such migrations almost always include children, many of whom get displaced and end up in street situations.

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