How Nepal can make its cities smart. Contributed column penned by our STAR Fellows Dr. Ambika Prasad Adhikari and Dr. Keshav Bhattarai in Republica (national English daily in Nepal, a sister publication of The New York Times),
There are benefits of moving towards smart cities even if it is partial and applied only to selected services such as traffic and parking.
In the past two decades, the concept of smart city has been gaining popularity globally. While several cities such as Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Barcelona, Chicago and Hong Kong have been implementing elements of smart city planning and design concepts, some city planners and civic leaders are also speaking about the benefits of adopting smart city notions for Nepal.
Smart city idea follows several recent innovations in land use and urban development. For example, in the United States, the idea of smart growth has become quite popular in the past three decades. Primarily aiming to curtail the ubiquitous urban sprawl, and making the urban development sustainable through efficient land-use decisions and higher density settlements, several jurisdictions in the country have officially adopted smart growth principles and regulations.