Mobile, safe, clean and green: Bengaluru may not be all of these. But that didn’t stop students from discussing these pillars of a smart city at The Times NIE Newsmaker Meet, held in association with Canara Bank, at the Rashtriya Military School in Bengaluru on Friday. Introduced to the concept by RK Misra, founder-director, Centre for Smart Cities, students got a perspective on how places are chosen for the Smart City Project, the challenges and why the IT City missed the bus. Speaking on the topic, Smart Cities: Is India Ready For It? Misra got students involved in the discussion from the start. Building on their concept of what a smart city is and why they are necessary, he pointed out that cities are economic growth engines and only they can generate the money needed to develop and support the rest of the country.
Dispelling the notion that a smart city is technology-driven and will only benefit those who have technology at their fingertips, he said the nomenclature, smart city , is a misnomer. A smart city is one that is safe, mobile, clean and sustainable, a city that is livable.
On the role of students in developing Bengaluru into a smart city, he said it’s important for them to take the message back to their schoolmates and parents. “Internalize and spread the word that a smart city isn’t an elite concept. An aware child will educate her parents, who in turn can become pressure groups. This will ensure that governance improves.”
Ravindra Bhandary, general manager of Canara Bank, circle office, Bangalore Metro, encouraged students to set a goal and work hard to achieve it. “Honesty and integrity are important. Taking the backdoor won’t help you come up in life. Success will come by itself if you put in sincere efforts.” India has abundant resources, but they aren’t developed due to a lack of transparency.
Principal of Rashtriya Military School Lt Col Bhupender Kumar said he had got a new perspective on the concept, and hoped children too learnt more about smart cities. From the discussions and points students made, it’s obvious there’s a sense of responsibility in every citizen and this is a great sign for a great nation, he pointed out.[content_block id=765 slug=ads2]