Engineers from various institutes, including the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), could help Prime Minister Narendra Modi with ideas to build smart cities across the country.
Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, as part of its annual technology event Techfest, has invited applications from engineers across the country — even professionals — to suggest ideas to make their city a smart city. IIT-Bombay has decided the ideas presented by the participants shall be considered for implementation in the development of new smart cities along the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMICDC).
Techfest has also associated with government organisations like Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra and DMICDC to make this plan a success. Ideas presented would be considered for implementation in the development of DMICDC.
The students would be mentored by a qualified panel of over 50 members, including Anand Singh Bhal, economic advisor, ministry of urban development, government of India; S K Jain, deputy director-general, ministry of communications and IT; Prem Narayan, director Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, ministry of urban development; and U K Sadhav, additional director, urban administration & development, government of Madhya Pradesh, among others.