FIRST SMART CITIES survey reveals ‘Commuting’ as number one priority for citizens in a smart city

FIRST SMART CITIES survey reveals ‘Commuting’ as number one priority for citizens in a smart city

Online PR News – 17-August-2014 – Mumbai/ Maharashtra – MUMBAI: In a nation-wide survey conducted by FIRST SMART CITIES as a part of its SM@RT CITIES SUMMIT 2014 to know citizens preferences about what they need smart cities to provide for them revealed that 56 per cent of the respondents rated "Commuting" as the number one priority while 38 per cent rated "Water management" as the number one priority. "Electricity supply" was a close third with 37 per cent. "Water management" however was the most voted need for smart cities.

Longinus Fernandes, choreographer par-excellence responded, “Government’s proposed 100 smart cities across the country very much possible. But what is more important is to provide facility for easy commuting and a good water management facility.”

Another respondent Sandhya Shetty, the dashing model turned actress said, “My priority is for ‘Commuting,’ ‘Electricity supply’ and of course Wi-Fi Internet availability.”

Established in the year 2003, FIRST (Foundation of Infrastructure Research Studies Training) has undertaken the objective to impart professional skill and education to workforce to meet the mounting demands of the industrial and service sectors in India.

FIRST has promoted a new initiative under its wing, FIRST SMART CITIES Council with an objective to collectively represent the views, ideas and concerns of its members. Through various activities the council will organize and broadcast debate and thought with regard to the planning and development of smart cities in India. Membership will be open to individuals as well as corporate. Membership can be applied for by filling up a form on the website:

FIRST SMART CITIES is hosting SM@RT CITIES SUMMIT 2014 on Aug 22nd & 23rd at Four Seasons, Mumbai where urban planning experts and architects from all over the world are speaking and sharing their experiences.

“This year’s Summit will present leading speakers and industry stalwarts from across the globe in panel discussion, case study presentations and 1:1 discussions on subjects addressing the various facets of smart cities sector,” said Mr. Pratap Padode, President, FIRST and Chairman, Industrial Training Institute at Belapur, Navi Mumbai.

The summit will also have Indian developers share their plans for integrated townships and their own smart cities. Speakers include Hubert Neinhoff, gmp Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner (Germany), Ravi Kamisetti, Associate, OMA (Hong Kong),David Holm, Director, COX (Australia), David Sweet, Director, WADE, Joachim Lonien, Innovation manager at DIN (German Institute for Standardization), Talleen Kumar, CEO, DMICDC, Sanjay Bhatia, MD, CIDCO, AL Jarhad, Municipal Commissioner, Navi Mumbai, Scot Wrighton, City Manager, Lavasa.

The summit will be attended by municipal commissioners, architects, realty heads of IT companies and it promises to bring greater clarity on the prospects of SMART CITIES.