Implementation of Smart City project has been shallow: Azim Premji

Wipro chief Azim Premji on Saturday said the implementation of smart city project in India has been shallow, despite catching a lot of attention from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Implementation of Smart City project has been shallow: Azim Premji

Wipro chief Azim Premji on Saturday said the implementation of smart city project in India has been shallow, despite catching a lot of attention from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Premji said that smart city projects, for now, are more talk than action. “It is very unfortunate that the smart city project has caught a lot of attention from Prime Minister etc, but its implementation has been shallow,” Premji said in an interaction with the students at the celebrations of Wipro’s 2016 earthian awards.


However, Wipro has been actively participating in terms of providing IT solutions for smart city project, Premji said.

“We have been actively participating in implementation process of the smart city project by providing IT and lighting solutions,” he said.

The smart city mission is one of the flagship programmes of the Modi government, which was announced on June 25, 2015. Smart city refers to the urban development vision of the government to modernise mid-sized cities in India.

Answering a student’s question on Wipro’s contribution to smart city projects, Premji said Wipro has provided IT services and smart lighting solutions for smart city projects.

The Wipro earthian is a sustainable education program done to foster sustainable thinking amongst youth. The annual award ceremony facilitates schools and colleges engaged in sustainable projects.

Premji said rural development has to be at the grassroots level and has to involve local population. “Rural development has to be at the grassroots level and it has to involve the local population. It cannot be thrust from the top,” he said.