June 25, will be remembered as a red-letter day in the history of urban India as three mission programmes with a huge spend were launched, all backed by India´s dynamic Prime Minister Narendra Modi: Smart Cities
Managing the high level of urbanisation has made it imperative for the government to resort to smart concepts and solutions. For India, this has resulted in the identification and planning of 100 smart cities.
As urbanisation has gathered momentum during the past few decades, the ubiquitous growth of buildings - residential, commercial and industrial - has accelerated the serious effects of climate change. Given their tremendous use of energy, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) systems have exacerbated the impact of global warming.
Buildings today are complex concatenations of structures, systems and technology. Over time, each of the components inside a building has been developed and improved, allowing modern-day building owners to select its features independently. Smart buildings go well beyond just using smart materials and protocols.
The Indian construction industry has grown consistently in the recent past. The overall gross value addition (at current prices) has been around 8.04 per cent and around 26.87 per cent of the overall industry sector´s contribution.
Kurnool will be developed into a smart city with works worth Rs 200 crore executed on the lines of Vijayawada and Guntur. Under the Centrally-funded Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme, cement roads, drains, electricity and drinking water supply works will be planned in the city, amounting to over Rs 60 crore