India is experiencing unprecedented growth. In the next 20 years, 30 Indians will move every minute from rural India to the cities. To accommodate this massive urban migration, India will need about 500 new cities in the next 20 years.
Government, academic and business leaders need to quickly start demanding foresighted, comprehensive and enforceable city planning. Otherwise, cities will become stagnant oceans of poverty, choked by traffic congestion, and plagued by periodic health crises and recurring shortages of power, water and fuel.
Today, in New Delhi IBM hosted the Smarter Cities India Forum — the 6th edition in a series of Smarter Cities global events held previously in Berlin, New York City, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago and Shanghai. The forum brings together the brightest brains in the public & private sector, as well as best practices learned from cities from around the world facing similar challenges.
Urbanization is a source of great hope for India. People move to cities because cities provide much greater economic opportunity than rural areas. India’s cities already provide 62% of its gross domestic product. People collaborating can produce much more value than people do on their own. In cities any individual has a better chance of finding others who are willing to pay for his skills or his labor.
Check out what happened at the Smarter Cities India Forum throughout the day