By Accommodation Times News Services
United Kingdom has expressed interest in partnering with India in building 100 Smart Cities. This was stated by, British deputy high commissioner Andrew McAllister has said.
He was addressing a round table conference on ‘Smart Cities and Inclusion’ organised jointly by the British Deputy High Commission, Hyderabad and Foundation for Futuristic Cities here Wednesday. It was supported by the AP Chambers of Commerce and Industry Federation (APCCIF).
Since the UK is a pioneer in infrastructure innovation, it could offer help to India. “The London Underground is more than 150 years old and it is still driving the heartbeat of London. Our strengths span all aspects of smart cities,” Andrew McAllister said and reminded that the UK was also a global leader in digital technology and innovative financing solutions.
The UK is well aware of the fact that a smart city is not all about shiny buildings and efficient infrastructure. There is a tendency to focus in discussion on smart cities on technology alone without pausing to consider human equation. “We need to involve everyone, every citizen, irrespective of gender, age, abilities, caste, religion and race. We have to reach out to people in the last mile, those un-served and underserved,” he felt.
He also underscored the need to ensure that the elderly continue to play an active role in the society and, their health and social needs are met while maintaining their independence and dignity. Commissioner of police Goutam Sawang and Futuristic Cities president Karuna Gopal also spoke.