John Chambers on India’s cities
India weighs heavily on Cisco CEO John Chambers’ mind. He travels there often and his company is a partner on some ambitious projects, most notably the $90 billion Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor that will create 24 new cities.
This month, Chambers published an essay on India’s “mass urbanization” in a new book called Reimagining India. In an excerpt in India’s Business Standard, he notes that India is undergoing a mass migration to cities as villagers seek better job and educational opportunities.
To accommodate the exodus, India “must build a staggering 900 million square meters (9.7 billion square feet) of new urban residential space in less than twenty years,” Chambers writes. Adoption of global open standards such as LEED certification for energy-efficient buildings, reliance on telecommuting to reduce traffic congestion, and “targeted” infrastructure investments could ease the path to urbanization, he adds.