Almost two years ago, the Narendra Modi government announced the 100 Smart Cities Mission to transform urban India. But, till date, not a single dollar has come in as foreign investment for the mission. On an RTI query filed by BusinessLine on how much foreign funding Indian cities identified under this mission have garnered, the Ministry of Urban Development said that “no investment has been received”.
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Almost two years ago, the Narendra Modi government announced the 100 Smart Cities Mission to transform urban India. But, till date, not a single dollar has come in as foreign investment for the mission.
June 27, 2016, Visakhapatnam: As a first step to revitalizing Vizag into a smarter and more sustainable city, Fluentgrid Limited(Formerly Phoenix IT Solutions Ltd.) helps Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC)set up and launch a state-of-the-art centralized City Command Center.
The government is planning to take the National Fibre Optic Network to 250,000 village panchayats. Overall there are 650,000 villages, the last-mile connectivity being the ultimate challenge. We have suggested the White-Fi technology, which basically uses the unused TV spectrum and enables various kinds of devices to be connected to the Internet.
Indian cities are growing rapidly in terms of population and size. One of the unique characteristics of India's urbanisation is that we have latecomer's advantage. Most countries in the world urbanised much earlier. We have the opportunity to learn from their experience and put the latest technology to use to support our urbanisation.
As the ‘smart journey’ begins, here’s a look at what’s in the works for the 20 chosen cities.
The deadline for commencing the execution of the smart city development plan—20 cities have been chosen under Smart Cities Challenge—falls on June 25
In the capital of India, the population is growing at the decadal rate of 50 per cent. Beleaguered by unplanned urbanisation, poverty, pollution, safety concerns, water crises and waste management the city has much to accomplish to become a Smart City.
The smart cities mission's sister initiative namely AMRUT, for transforming cities with population under a million, has been steadily gathering pace in providing amenities to the cities under its footprint.
There is an element of smartness in being Indian.This smartness has been well documented in a book called “Juggad Innovation,” which encapsulates the ingenuity with which Indians resolve complex problems using smart solutions.
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) was today given the Smart Project Award at the 3rd Smart City Summit in Mumbai. "During the summit, the Smart City Council is awarding the cities which have been selected for the Smart City mission by Urban Development Ministry," NDMC said in a statement here.