#Physical Infrastructure


"Allegations are false, malicious, factually incorrect and misleading"

Success has even more detractors than it has fathers. Accolades and brickbats have been the story of the Gujarat International Tech-Finance City or the GIFT City that has attracted eyeballs and envy in equal measures ever since its inception for it being the first-of-its-kind in India. Vision of a state (Gujarat) and business acumen of an infrastructure giant (IL&FS), took on the challenge when there was no one to pick the gauntlet. Sooner than expected, it rose to #6 in Asia and #10 amongst top 92 financial centres in the world. Praised by businesses in India and abroad, it has remained in headlines for the wow factor. Recently, there has been a concerted campaign making sensational claims against the project. Whether there is an element of truth or is it a case of jealousy, vendetta and detractors at work? Dr Gursharan Dhanjal, Editor, INCLUSION, speaks with Ajay Pandey, MD & Group CEO, GIFT City to find out:

26 May 2015
Lack of Opportunities Main Reason for Poverty

Poverty remains one of the most pressing challenges facing the country today. But why are the people poor? Why are able-bodied working age group people poor? Old people, disabled people, that's different.


India Needs a 5-Pronged Strategy for Inclusive Growth

To my mind, there cannot be any controversy or debate as to how to achieve inclusive growth. I think the experience of all developed and developing countries as well as India shows that in order to achieve inclusive growth we need to do five things.

3 Feb 2015
Smart Cities aren't Just About Concrete Jungle

The Ministry of urban development (MoUD) has published a Concept Note on Smart Cities through a very well defined and articulated framework designating 4 pillars as the foundation of this concept. The vision gets clearly defined through this simplistic yet powerful representation on the outcome that smart cities should aim to achieve as an outcome of this critical Initiative

1 Oct 2014
Commitment is key to Smart Cities

A society makes progress only when its people come together in a consultative manner and work collectively to achieve the common goal - a country progresses and brings in peace and prosperity. It is necessary that we create an atmosphere for people to converge and ideate to bring value to the society. This is a very first attribute of a smart city. All over the world, people migrate from rural to urban areas in search of livelihood. Our objective is not only to create jobs but also improve the quality of life.

16 Sep 2014
Need to be civilised at individual level first and foremost

Good governance is inseparably married to responsible citizenry. We have the right to expect everything in order; but it is also equally, if not more, important to do our bit in this marriage. First and foremost, the victims of the catastrophic floods in Jammu and Kashmir need succour, relief. For months, if not years, after this, we are going to sit and analyse how and why the water got to such devastating levels.