As discussion on smart cities and preparedness of governments gets deeper, experts at the FICCI-TiE conference called for efforts to put in place the basic prerequisites such as infrastructure, water and electricity to make cities smart.

Safir Adeni, President of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) has said that before “we try to implement smart cities, we need to get the basics in place. We seek help from the government and civic bodies to help get the basics in place,” he said.

He was addressing the conference on ‘Smart Solutions for Smart Societies’ organised by the TiE and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) here on Tuesday.

Subramanyam Yadavalli, Advisory at Administrative Staff college of India (ASCI), too felt that these basic facilities were prerequisites. “Also, there should be a distinction between governance and service. We should not club these two things,” he said.

Citing the example of banks clearing loan applications after having vetted them by their legal teams, he said the governments could quicken the process by delinking governance and services.