Safety & security are core elements of smart cities

Safety & security are core elements of smart cities

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One of the core infrastructure elements in a Smart City is safety and security of citizens, particularly, women, children and the elderly. Accordingly, Integrated Command and Control Centres are being set up by the cities to achieve the objectives of the Mission. However, there is no proposal for securing Smart cities under one command centre in the country. This information was given by Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (IC), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

Devices such as Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras, Emergency call box/panic buttons etc. are being installed throughout the city as well as on public transport services for monitoring of the city through Integrated Command and Control Centres (ICCCs). In addition, some cities have developed mobile applications and helplines to respond to incidents of crime, the Minster said. The Ministry has also circulated Cyber Security framework developed by National Security Council Secretariat, Government of India among all States/Smart cities to be considered while implementation of Solutions for Smart cities. 

The objective of Smart Cities Mission is to promote cities that provide core infrastructure such as adequate water supply, assured electricity supply, sanitation including solid waste management, efficient urban mobility and public transport, etc. to give a clean and sustainable environment and decent quality of life to its citizens through application of ‘Smart’ solutions.

Some of the key initiatives being implemented by smart Cities include ICCCs, Complete Streets projects which focus on developing pedestrian friendly and cycle-friendly infrastructure, Solar Rooftop projects, Smart Water and Waste Water projects, development of vibrant urban spaces (parks, waterfronts, upgrading local tourist destinations, preserving local heritage) etc.

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