New Delhi: India has set ambitious targets for the development of smart homes in the country, Minister for Urban Development (Mudra) Mudra told reporters here on Tuesday.

He was addressing a briefing by Ministry of Urban Development in the presence of experts from various ministries.

The ministry is planning to build 1,000,000 smart homes across the country by 2030.

Mudras vision for the smart home is that they will help to improve the quality of life of citizens, he said.

The ministry also plans to build 200,000 new smart cities over the next decade, he added.

New Delhi has already seen the impact of smart home technology in the last three years, he noted.

For instance, India’s smart cities have led to an increase in employment, as well as improved quality of living and the reduction in air pollution, he explained.

With smart homes, citizens can have a digital footprint of every single person in their homes and have access to all information.

However, the main challenge is getting the technology to reach the point where the citizens can live independently, he observed.

It will take several years before these new cities will have an impact on the environment.

In the next five to 10 years, we will see a major shift in how we look at the environment, Mudra said.

The government is aiming to have 100 million smart homes on the streets by 2030 and 200 million smart cities by 2040.

He added that the Ministry of Home Affairs will set up an expert advisory group in the coming months to assess the smart homes’ impact on environment.