Chandigarh Parking
Chandigarh goes for smart parking (issues 25 tenders)

Chandigarh’s car density is the highest in the country with 227 cars per 1,000 people, but the parking rates are one of the lowest (Rs 5 for a car and Rs 2 for two-wheelers). This factor lies at the root of parking violations. The parking licensees don’t make enough money to invest in CCTVs, boom barriers and other hi-tech gadgets, among other things. They also resort to unlawful means like overcharging, allowing more vehicles than the capacity, allowing other economic activities in the parking lot, etc.

SCC Partner Spotlight

Essel Infraprojects, the flagship Infrastructure vertical of Essel Group, is among the top five infrastructure companies in India pioneering in infrastructure and integrated utilities space comprising three strategic business units (SBU) comprising (a) Core Infra comprising of Transport, Power Transmission & Distribution, Urban Infrastructure (b) Green consisting of Municipal Solid Waste, Waste Water Treatment and Water Desalination, Renewable Energy and (c) Integrated Utilities.

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Hear HUD Secretary Julian Castro

Find out what message Julian Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio, Texas and now Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, has for cities. He's one of the featured speakers at Smart Cities Week, Sept. 15-17 in Washington, D.C. The conference is sold out, but we'll post updates on this site and you can follow the action on Twitter at #smartcitiesweekDC

School District Cuts Energy Costs with Cloud Computing


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