Surat is the second largest city in the West Indian state of Gujarat. It is one of the first cities to be selected for an Indian government programme to create 100 smart cities using technology and data to improve infrastructure and services ranging from water and electricity supply to waste management and urban mobility. In recent decades the city has emerged as a major regional hub for trade and commerce, especially in textiles and diamond processing.
Surat’s economy and population are growing fast, placing increased strain on the city’s resources and its existing infrastructure. The city is also one of the world’s cities most affected by climate change, according to the World Bank Sustainable Development Network, having suffered 23 floods in the last 100 years. A new plan is needed to help safeguard Surat’s development and ensure the city continues to thrive long into the future.
Shell has a longstanding presence in Gujarat through the Hazira LNG joint venture. To find ways to address Surat’s challenges, we partnered with leading environmental services provider Veolia, the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC), the South Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SGCCI), and a range of public and private sector stakeholders.