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NAINA – The Rs 2,10,000 cr city


The Navi Mumbai Airport Influence Notified Area, or NAINA, was created after the Ministry of Environment and Forest lay down 53 conditions to be met before it granted clearances for the Navi Mumbai Airport. Among them was that Navi Mumbai’s development plan had to be revised to avoid haphazard growth around the airport. In January 2013, the Maharashtra government appointed the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) as the planner for NAINA. A swathe of towns and villages from districts far from Navi Mumbai found themselves bundled into a revised Navi Mumbai development plan under NAINA, which is envisioned as a smart city.

What is Wrong with Our Weathermen?


Weather forecasting in India has improved with new technology, but accuracy in predicting weather events remains elusive, adding uncertainty to the country’s economic planning. An accurate forecast is critical for – monsoon months (June to September) for more than 230 M Indian farmers to cultivate the country’s rain-fed agriculture and year-round for other weather-sensitive businesses such as transportation, energy, and construction.

Smart Buildings: Key to 'Smart Cities'


Smart Buildings are not just green or sustainable buildings, but are Intelligent Buildings that are responsive to changing needs of its users. A smart building is a facility that integrates Technology – IT, security, and building services, and Processes – design, construction, and operations, through advanced automation to measure, monitor, control, and optimise building operations and maintenance. Smart building systems provide adaptive, real-time control over an ever-expanding array of building activities in response to a wide range of internal and external data streams. Smart building is liveable, human-centric, and more comfortable and productive for its users.

Smart Cities challenge: 98 contending cities


The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) of India recently released the list of 98 nominated cities, while applications for two cities are yet awaited. Over the next three years, these 100 cities will take part in a competition to receive funds from the Centre on the path to becoming "smart cities". The announcement of these 100 cities, covering 24 capitals, 64 small and medium category cities and at least one city in every state and union territory, has been rolled out under a time bound plan. The India Smart Cities Challenge is a competition designed to inspire and support municipal officials as they develop smart proposals to improve the lives of residents. One hundred cities will compete in the first round, with the best proposals receiving funding from the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD).