Telangana99.com: NextGen Cities Telangana Conference held in Hyderabad.Cities are engines of economic growth. Hence there is a need to make them smart and sustainable to improve the quality of life of citizens. This was the central theme of the NextGen Cities Telangana conference, held in Hyderabad.
MG Gopal, principal secretary, municipal administration and urban development, Telangana, talking to the gathering, said that a city should primarily ensure clean drinking water and proper sanitation facilities for its citizens. “Lack of safe drinking water and sanitation affects the quality of life of people. Therefore, before we look at development in other sectors there is a need to look at water and sanitation as first priority for smart cities,” he said.
S Niranjan Reddy, vice chairman, Telangana state planning board, said that a smart city should be able to provide good infrastructure such as water, sanitation and utility services, healthcare services, attract investments, and should have transparent processes to provide a favourable environment for commercial activities. The process of taking approval for various citizen-centric services should be made simple and online, so that citizens feel safe and happy.