“The ease of living has
a strong focus on technology but it is not exclusively centered on it.
Technology will enhance citizen participation, improve provision of
basic services and infrastructure and make areas more livable” stated
Shri Hardeep Puri, the Minister of state (I/C) for Housing and Urban
Affairs at the Smart Building award function here last evening. Another
role of technology is to enable Indians to leapfrog the conventional
development pathway. Moreover, technology has a sustainable face
too—permitting us to do more with less thereby reducing the resource
consumption, he further added.
Stressing on the aspects relating to ease of living particularly for the
poor, women, elderly and differently abled people, Shri Puri said that
all Indians should be able to enjoy a clean and sustainable environment.
As an established Information Technology superpower, India must leverage
cutting edge digital technology to power its infrastructure, offices and
Focusing on the ultimate aim for improving the ease of living, and
consequently the quality of life for each and every city-dweller of
India, the Minister stated that all our initiatives, missions, and
programmes ultimately are aimed in that direction. “Smart solutions for
cities, such as surveillance systems lead to greatly reduced crime and
improved safety of residents particularly women. City wide Wi-Fi
networks improve communication among citizens as well that with various
service providers. E-governance and citizen feedback management lead to
improved social cohesion by increase in opportunities for citizen
engagement, reduction in social inequities, and reduction in response
time for services for business. Integrated traffic management will
increase the traffic speeds and reduce traffic congestions and hence
cleaner air for people to breathe.
Sensor-based technologies that are used for leak detection, automated
water supply and quality monitoring will directly impact universal
accessibility to quality water, reduction in operating and maintenance
costs and reduction of water borne diseases. Technology has given us
tremendous power and opportunities to touch people's lives, and make a
real difference in the way they live”.