Governance of Smart Cities or Smart Governance?
The State of Cities – #CityConversations with Dr Soumyadip Chattopadhyay on Governance of Smart Cities or Smart Governance? by Dr tathagata Chatterji.
The State of Cities – #CityConversations with Dr Soumyadip Chattopadhyay
Prof Tathagata Chatterji, Professor, Urban Planning and Governance, Xavier University, Bhubaneswar
Tathagata Chatterji, is Professor of Urban Management and Governance, Xavier University Bhubaneswar, and Associate Editor (Governance) for Frontiers in Sustainable Cities journal. He had published two books – ‘Local Mediation of Global Forces in Transformation of the Urban Fringe’ and ‘Citadels of Glass – India’s New Suburban Landscape’.
He received the Gerd Albers Award in 2016 from the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), for his research on urban governance in India. He has a doctorate in Urban Planning and Governance, from the University of Queensland Australia.
Dr Soumyadip Chattopadhyay, Associate Professor, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan; Senior Fellow, IMPRI
About the Talk Governance of Smart Cities or Smart Governance?
The Government of India launched the Smart Cities Mission launched in 2014-15, with the ambitious goal to transform Indian cities as drivers of the country’s economic aspirations through big-data intensive techno-managerial interventions designed to improve operational efficiency in urban services delivery and specific area based development strategies as ‘lighthouses’ to trigger further developmental impulses. The mission also sought to reconfigure institutional architecture of urban governance in India by introducing Special Purpose Vehicles for fast-track and integrated decision making.
As the Smart Cities Mission is now five years in the running, it is time to pause and reflect about its achievements, shortcomings, and implementation roadblocks. Looking through the good-governance framework, this talk will try to analyse the Smart City governance paradigm. The talk would seek to offer certain constructive suggestions to align the objectives of the mission with Sustainable Development Goals framework launched by the UN in 2015 and accorded high priority by the Government of India to monitor key developmental targets, so as to facilitate more evidence based policy outcomes and bring in greater synergies in urban governance processes.
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