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Nothing 'Smart' about our municipalities


Acknowledging cooperative federalism as a factor for the country’s economic growth and development has been a welcome move by the ruling government, however more needs to be done in this direction to empower the cash-strapped urban local bodies (ULBs). Authorities need to pay heed to the necessity of funding ULBs (Municipal Councils, Municipal Corporations and Nagar Panchayats) due to their relevance to the ambitious ‘Smart Cities’ project, especially at a time when the country is urbanising rapidly.

Sweden keen on India's smart city projects


Sweden, who is the official partner country at the 3-day Smart City Expo is very keen on partnering with the Government of India and Indian companies to build smart cities through public-private partnership (PPP) in states like Karnataka, Telangana and Maharashtra, as per a statement from the Swedish embassy here.

New report predicts murky future for global water quality


Worrisome as the drought that's parched regions around the world is, a new global study from Veolia and the International Food Policy Research Institute finds rapidly deteriorating water quality will affect far more people and put the planet at large at risk. Learn about sustainable solutions available to cities.

Smart Cities Council India launches; will develop country's first Readiness Guide


Smart Cities Council India -- a newly formed alliance of the Smart Cities Council -- is recruiting Indian smart city experts to develop a unique Readiness Guide to demonstrate how Indian cities can use smart technologies to accommodate large-scale growth and economic development.

India's most promising smart cities (and companies poised to build them)


While India continues to work on its vision of 100 smart cities, a new report already suggests the 20 most promising cities to make that transformation in the next phase. Click for an update on the evolving India smart city scene, including some of the companies planning to help make the vision reality.