Growing pressure on cities to improve resilienceHistorically it has been the poorer members of the population who have suffered most from flood, drought or other natural disasters. With more than 67 percent of the population still living in rural areas this remains the case; however, the urban population is growing rapidly so extreme climate events will increasingly affect built up areas too. India’s cities are under pressure to adjust to increased demands on infrastructure and services and from the problems that overcrowding can lead to in the event of extreme weather.
Digital services to enhance resilienceWith more than six decades of experience in India and a headquarters in Delhi, Royal HaskoningDHV is delighted to be playing a key role in the country’s critical infrastructure development and national building programme. Our expertise in the Flood Resilience, Water Management, River Cleaning, Water Supply and Sanitation, Urban Development, Maritime and Aviation and Transportation sectors have led to us contributing to multiple government schemes addressing issues related to socio-economic development, poverty alleviation and climate challenge impacts. Through coordination with multiple ministries and departments, Royal HaskoningDHV is helping deliver a digital transformation that weaves together many ideas and thoughts into a single, comprehensive vision along the lines of the Digital India platform.
This commitment to promoting digital services for the welfare of the public and bringing transparency to overall governance is embodied in the ambitious Smart Cities project. The project will build 100 resilient and inclusive Smart Cities, improving the quality of life of residents by transforming core infrastructure (water supply and sanitation, drainage, urban transport, solid waste management, electricity supplies, green spaces, safety and security etc.) through ICT based digital services.
The smart cities concept depends on a coordinated effort which will see processes and infrastructure improved and integrated command and control centres established. These command and control centres will oversee data collection from monitors, cameras and other measuring systems and enable a city-wide response to be coordinated; allowing, amongst other things, traffic to keep flowing and the delivery of a more uniform and reliable water and wastewater system.