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Mega-cities governing are to be handled with care US Ambassador

Technological innovations are transforming society, including facilitating greater migration from rural areas.
Mega-cities governing are to be handled with care US Ambassador

Various cities in the country have started ‘smart city’ concept. Recently Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared of setting up 100 smart cities across the nation. The 100 smart cities mission intends to promote adoption of smart solutions for efficient use of available assets, resources and infrastructure.

Though enrolling towards the construction of mega cities, the hurdles will not even be less in amount. In a context to this sharing his view US Ambassador to India Richard Verma spoke about governing challenges will come be faced by the world’s mega-cities. 

"Governments, including civilian leadership, law enforcement, and the military, must work together not only within their own borders, but also with those cities facing similar issues and challenges," Verma said, speaking at the Megacity Security Conference organised by the Atlantic Council, the India Foundation here. 

"The best chance we have for governing in such a complex environment is to develop domestic and international networks that enable local governments and communities to share best practises and lessons learned. 

"Only through collective thought and partnership can we harness the concentration of skills and technical resources in the world’s cities that will increase wealth and improve the quality of life," the US Ambassador said. 

"Technological innovations are transforming society, including facilitating greater migration from rural areas. More robust and affordable transportation networks enable people to move more easily from rural to urban areas, as well as between cities. The spread of cellular networks and advances in communications technology have exposed rural populations to the allure of cities like never before," Verma said. 

Changing weather patterns and rising temperatures due to climate change are affecting economic and living conditions, particularly in rural areas, prompting flight to cities, Verma said. 

"We also see mass migrations due to conflict as endangered populations look for safer places to work and raise their families," he said.  

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