The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) has a vital role to play in moderating the development of Smart Cities in India, and three people of the Ministry are set in to make India smarter sooner.
At the helm of making this a success are Madhusudhan Prasad, Secretary, Praveen Prakash, Joint Secretary and Sameer Sharma, Joint Secretary. On June 25, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Smart Cities mission, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and Housing for All mission in New Delhi. He emphasised on the need to view urbanisation as an opportunity and urban centres to be seen as growth engines. It is pleasing to hear that for the first time in India, the people, and the urban leadership will play the pivotal role in deciding the future course of these smart cities, and all schemes for urban development will move forward based on people´s participation. Prasad, Prakash and Sharma, in their newly defined roles in the urban development ministry, are all set to urbanise India. Their responsibilities include delving deeper into aspects of smart city building and the mechanisms involved in the infrastructure for development of smart cities. With the three men in action, the Prime Minister´s dream of smart cities in India seems to be turning into a reality soon!