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Street lighting program illuminates 50,000-km roads (& saves 104.19 MW)


In one of the firsts, the Government of India’s Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) has illuminated 50,000 km of Indian roads with installation of 30 lakh LED streetlights across the country. With this milestone, Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), under the administration of the Ministry of Power, has become the world’s largest streetlight management company.

IoT-ready compact substations to free up space in crammed cities


Mumbai is one of the most populous cities in India, having around 22 million people spread across 603.4 sq km. On one side, the urban Mumbai already has its limitations, and on the other side, suburban city is accommodating the growing population by growing vertically. Power has become the fourth essential need for humans with food, clothing and shelter being the other three.

A remote Gujarat village sets an example for cities to adopt govt schemes


In India, where there are cities struggling to provide even basic amenities to their tax-paying citizens, a village in Gujarat—Punsari—is equipped with modern amenities like CCTV cameras, WiFi and a renewable energy power station. However, a decade back, this remote village was not privy to even basic facilities like electricity and water.

Ahmedabad startup’s concrete curing method helps save water and electricity


The key to achieve strong, durable concrete rests with the correct ratio for mixing cement and water. In the process, there are many methods employed for concrete curing, and one of them is using gunny bags and sprinkling water. However, this method ends up consuming a lot of water, and is also labour-intensive, as the curing requires round-the-clock monitoring or the effort goes down the drain.

This remote village in Haryana creates dry drainage system to save water


In India, water scarcity is a known subject. But there are a very few examples when it comes to tackling the same. We all know that water from waste sources like kitchen, bathroom, etc. goes straight to the drainage areas and gets submerged to either a river or coastal water, further polluting it. However, a village in Haryana has set an example by creating dry drainage where used water from bathrooms and kitchens goes straight to a covered pit.

Can't find parking space? Smart parking system helps you find one


Finding a parking place in a crowded city like Bengaluru is a horrendous task for city travelers. For this, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has come out with a solution that will not only solve the parking issues, but also help citizens to book parking spot well in advance.

No more train accidents! India’s 1st disaster management village to the rescue


In the last six year period (between 2009-10 to 2014-15), the Indian Railways (IR) has witnessed a total of 803 accidents killing 620 and injuring 1,855. Incidentally, 47 per cent of these accidents were due to derailment of trains. In a first, IR will setup a ‘Disaster Management Village’, which will recreate train wrecks so that real-time rescue operations could be practiced and perfected.

New York to emulate Bengaluru’s roads


Indian cities are known for replicating the concept from western countries. But, in a surprise, a New York-based group—the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)—is using a case study of St. Marks Road in Bengaluru, which has implemented the road improvement project, TenderSURE, in its global guidebook of best practices.

See how Karnataka to restore its forestland (using drones and seed bombs)


Various state governments in the country are making conscious efforts to increase the forestland area by manually planting trees through various state-run programs. But a team of scientist from the Department of Aerodynamics in Bengaluru has come out with an idea to restore forestland by using drones and seed bombs saving number of hours of manual intervention.

More power to big data: Now it can prevents human trafficking


It is a sad fact that every 3 minutes an Indian girl is sold into sex slavery. The average age of these girls is 12. Ironically, only 1% of them are ever rescued. The road to rehabilitation, if she is rescued, is extremely difficult. Yet, there are very few NGOs working to prevent this from happening, and one of them is My Choices Foundation.