Quoting an instance of Gift city of Gujarat, which commands an estimated outlay of about Rs. 100,000cr, along with implementation time being about 10 years, Senior Director, Deloitte Touche Tomatsu, Arindam Guha, said that the cost and time required for setting up a new (smart) city is higher. In fact, the smart city is defined by a range of parameters such as governance, better living amenities, people, mobility, environment as well as livelihood opportunities. The Centre has recently proposed the setting up of 100 such smart cities over the next 10 years and that the Deloitte has suggested the upgrading of existing city infrastructure as part of the smart city project to the Ministry of Urban Development as a smart city project should look to upgrade the infrastructure in existing cities to enable better governance. Creating new cities with use of digital technology isn't the only solution.
As a matter of fact, the process of upgrading of existing cities too should be carried out in phases, he suggested adding that the authorities should look at implementing this ICT-backed application wherever it is ready instead of waiting for 100% pipeline coverage. One major point that should be kept in mind is actual integration of existing services with new ones. And, this is exactly where the concerned ministry can act as a facilitator to ensure fast-track implementation. Adopting cloud-based ICT solutions should be simultaneously encouraged as such solutions would integrate network data with other sources to provide "intelligent responses" or smart solutions, like facilitating city traffic management, or disaster management mechanism during an accident or any other crisis. State governments and urban local bodies will subscribe to these solutions at a pre-determined price and that the maintenance of ICT frame-work can be outsourced, he insisted.