Bhubaneswar: Since being chosen in 2016 to flagship the Smart City project, Odisha’s capital is seeing its efforts paying off. It is consistently ranked among the world’s most technologically advanced. To be more precise, the Global Smart City Performance Index 2017, carried out by Juniper Research, placed Bhubaneswar 13th in terms of safety measures and 20th for mobility, health and productivity. The quick results of India’s development project are impressive, but clearly still have room for improvement. The question is, what areas would be most beneficial to enhance with smart solutions?
The city’s strong tech industry means that there are several career paths open to skilled workers, whether local or international. For example, Wipro is among the growing number of prestigious companies setting up shop in Bhubaneswar, including Adobe, Autodesk and TCS. This brand’s expertise in IT and business management, from analytics and application development to IoT and robotics, also presents a huge range of employment opportunities. What this promises is a business growth like that of Mumbai, its variety of jobs and enterprises increasing the population, as well as the real estate market. So making employment in Bhubaneswar more accessible is a valuable goal.
As more people flock to Bhubaneswar for a new life, they will need a home that fits their needs and budget. Apart from investing in real estate, this smart city should also come up with ideas to make it easier for future residents to find the best property. Finding a studio apartment in Dubai is as simple as setting your preferences in an online portal and browsing what its numerous agencies have to offer. From Downtown Dubai to the Jumeirah Village Circle, the portal allows users to narrow down their search of the large city to smaller neighborhoods, something that may become highly important in a growing city like Bhubaneswar in the relatively near future. Making use of existing platforms like this or creating new ones dedicated to Bhubaneswar properties would help locals and visitors establish themselves faster. A closer look at specific real estate demands, like affordable studios for young entrepreneurs, can also drive a more focused development scheme.
This is an issue on the top of India’s priorities, pushing for innovations that will counter congestion and pollution. Bhubaneswar’s tech industry is becoming one of the country’s best equipped to tackle the challenge. Where possible answers are concerned, researchers are exploring ideas from around the globe that could be applied in India. Upgrading public transport with smarter, cleaner and more efficient systems is earning officials’ approval. So is the use of electric vehicles, whether on four wheels or two. Plans are still in their infancy, however, and have a long way to go before viable solutions bear fruit. This presents a great opportunity for India’s smart city to flex its muscles, improving urban mobility and quality of life while proving itself worthy of its title.
The technological foundation is set and all Bhubaneswar has to do is carefully choose how to channel its power. Employment, housing and mobility are excellent places to start, but far from the only sectors that would welcome some smart attention. With each successful innovation the city’s status and productivity will improve and so will India’s as a whole.