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India’s Growing Digital Infrastructure and its Future – RealtyMyths

by Anushree Ghosh In recent years, the usage of internet has augmented rapidly. Also, the amount of time an individual spends online has also amplified. According to a report by The National Digital Communication Policy (NDCP) 2018 – ‘an average user spends around 6 hours each day using internet devices and services.’ The same report also states the following: Over a billion Indians are connected wirelessly. 96% of internet users connect through their mobile. Rural India constitutes nearly 40% of internet users. In 2017, India consumed over 2,360 PB of data – highest globally. Role of government in digital transportation Government’s policies have played a key role in changing India’s digital scenario. Many decisions taken by the government proved to be beneficial for the growth of digital...

Smart Cities: The Next Digital Frontier for India – RealtyMyths

by Akhilesh K Prasad The government of India launched its Smart Cities Mission (SCM) in June 2015 amidst much fanfare. The objective of the project was to promote sustainable and inclusive cities that provide core infrastructure, give a decent quality of life to its citizens, and a clean and sustainable environment with the application of ‘Smart Solutions’ for convenience. Thus the thrust is on making the country digitally empowered by improving infrastructure for the delivery of services online.  Digitization goes beyond simple automation and modernization. It refers to the development, operation and maintenance of background technological environment including the infrastructure within government organizations. With the adoption of smart technologies, Smart Cities are said to be the digi...

Is ‘Affordable Housing’ just a gimmick?

Akhilesh K.Prasad Affordable housing is a global concern as more and more people in developed and developing countries face financial difficulties in purchasing homes, having been restricted by exorbitant prices as opposed to their relatively mediocre incomes. The scope and definition of ‘affordable’ is however, subjective as per the prevalent housing affordability index in a particular country. In India, affordable housing is basically a reference to housing units that are affordable to that section of society whose income is less than the median household income. It is noteworthy here, that the term “affordable housing” is often used interchangeably with “low-cost housing” in India.  “Low-cost housing” comprises of the bare minimum housing facilities and is meant for the economically wea...

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