The safety of people living in urban areas is increasingly moving away from a straitjacket law and order framework to a more pro-active system of checks and balances. This transforms the security management of cities into a dynamic task.
The critical component of this emerging security framework is information, communication and digital technologies. It is estimated that by 2020 almost 60 per cent of India’s population will be living in urban areas. In this backdrop, Delhi Police Commissioner Bhim Sain Bassi emphasised on understanding the sociological aspects of a mega city and creating an environment that restores people’s faith in the police.
Speaking at a conclave “Safe City”, organised by English news magazine Governance Now and Asia Features, Mr. Bassi said: “The youth needs to stick to democratic norms and behave accordingly.”
Urban Development Secretary Sudhir Krishna and Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation CEO Amitabh Kant spoke about migration of people from rural to urban areas and structural development of a safe city. Citing a US study, Mr. Kant said, 70 per cent of the people across the world will move to urbanised areas by 2030.
Dr. Krishna said the trend was opposite in China and that people were migrating from cities to the villages. “Planned and more urbanisation will put less pressure on metro cities,” he said. Former Delhi High Court judge Justice R.S. Sodhi, senior police and paramilitary officials, lawyers and senior civil servants also participated in the conclave.