Indian Cities Slip In Global Smart City Index

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News: The Institute for Management Development(IMD) in collaboration with Singapore University for Technology and Design (SUTD) has released the 2020 Smart City Index(SCI).

Facts:

  • About the index: The index ranks cities based on economic and technological data as well as by their citizens’ perceptions of how “smart” their cities are.
  • Cities Covered: Hundreds of citizens from 109 cities were surveyed and were asked questions on the technological provisions of their city across five key areas: a) health and safety b) mobility c) activities d) opportunities and e) governance.
  • What is Smart City? In SCI’s context, ‘smart city’ is described as an urban setting that applies technology to enhance the benefits and diminish the shortcomings of urbanization.

Key Takeaways:

  • Topped by: Singapore has topped the index followed by Helsinki (Finland) and Zurich(Switzerland).
  • Indian Cities:
    • Hyderabad was placed at the 85th position (down from 67 in 2019)
    • New Delhi was placed at 86th rank (down from 68 in 2019)
    • Mumbai was at 93rd place (down from 78 in 2019) and 
    • Bengaluru at 95th (down from 79 in 2019).