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, 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.
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.
IoT Analytics has ranked the top 15 emerging Internet of Things cities in the world and Bangalore is one of them. Find out what criteria was used -- and why IoT is important to smart cities.
More than 100 cities around the globe competed for 2015-16 Smarter Cities Challenge grants from IBM. Click for the list of municipalities that won pro bono consulting services from teams of IBM experts -- three of them are Indian cities.
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 2015-2016 Union Budget stayed away from using the term smart cities, unlike the one in 2014-2015 which made special mention. But that doesn’t imply that the Indian government has lost interest in a smarter country. Pratap Padode explains why.
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.
India is opening the flood gates, allowing a long string of partners and consultants in to help achieve its ambitious smart cities goals. Find out how the work is progressing (and who may be left behind).
One of the questions remaining about India’s ambitious plan to have 100 smart cities is where the money will come from to develop them. Find out how investors may play a key role.