ULBs efficiently monitored health services, provided relief and response, and maintained essential services. The “new normal” in the post-COVID world will most visibly manifest in our cities as we wonder how the pandemic will reshape how we live, work and play. Writes O P Agarwal, CEO, WRI India, and Hitesh Vaidya, Director, National Institute of Urban Affairs
It is easy to think, like many others, that a post-COVID smart community is one that has the latest gadgets like temperature sensors and atmospheric pollutant sensors. And while these are important and beneficial, they are still an extension of the old-fashioned, reactive approach.