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Govt unveils options to fund Smart Cities


The ministry recently unveiled the roadmap for financing smart cities at a workshop organised in New Delhi for 40 cities. Urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu, apart from foreign borrowing, has proposed to link user charges in urban areas to inflation and quality of services to raise financing for the 'Smart Cities' Mission.

Creating Smart Cities in India is no 'rocket science', says IBM India chief


IBM has done over 2,500 Smart Cities projects around the world and they are bringing this experience to India programme. IBM is working closely with the Indian government on institutional capacity building. IBM believes that most of the 'Smart Cities' projects are self-sustaining.

IAS officers to mentor 10 Maha cities for 'Smart City' plan


Commissioner and Mayor, including the elected body of the corporation, Public Participation, a Consultant, who has the technical know-how, and the Mentor will be the four pillars that will prepare the proposal for each of the 10 cities, which will be submitted to Centre at the end of October.