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Modern Transport System


Metrino-PRT is a new, innovative public transportation system for cities. Small (car size), fully automatic, driverless vehicles (pods) travel independently suspended under an overhead network of light guide - ways, 5 to 10m above street level. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has recently announced the launch of the Metrino project between Dhaula Kuan in Delhi and Mansesar via Gurgaon in Haryana covering distance of 70- km. The cost per km is hardly Rs 50 crore when compared to around Rs 350 crore per km in case of metro rail infrastructure.

Role of Geospatial Technologies in Building Smart Cities


Smart cities observe the state of their environment and activities of citizens to provide improved services. The move toward smart cities promises to bring greater automation, intelligent routing and transportation, better monitoring, and better city management. The enabling trends that coincide with smarter cities include the drive to open up municipal data for more transparent operations, the creation of sensor networks to improve infrastructure monitoring and performance, networked connectivity of the Internet of Things, and bidirectional communication with citizens regarding city services.

The top 10 implementation challenges for smart cities in India


Having recognised that cities are the engines of growth and are drawing a million people every minute from rural areas, the Government has introduced the ‘Smart City Challenge’, handing over the onus of planned urbanisation to the states. In the approach to the Smart Cities Mission, the objective is to promote cities that provide core infrastructure and offer quality of life to citizens, a clean and sustainable environment and application of ‘smart’ solutions. Those states that measure up to the guidelines and nominate cities could get funding of Rs 100 crore per year per city for the next five years.

Delhi Metro to install 210 new AFC gates


By next year, Delhi Metro’s Phase III expansion would add 140 km to the existing network and nearly 15 lakh passengers to the daily ridership figure. In order to ensure smooth flow of commuters, Delhi Metro is on the process of installing 210 new automatic fare collection (AFC) gates in key stations across its network.