The Central government has announced the list of the first cities which will be developed as Smart Cities. Belagavi (Karnataka), Udaipur, Guwahati, Chennai, Ludhiana and Bhopal, Surat, Kochi, Ahmedabad, Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh), Visakhapatnam, Solapur (Maharashtra), Davanagere (Karnataka), Indore, New Delhi Municipal Council (Delhi), Coimbatore, Kakinada (Andhra Pradesh), Bhubaneswar, Pune and Jaipur. Bhubaneswar topped the list followed by Pune and Jaipur.
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The Smart Cities Council India, which has been formed to promote development of smart cities, on Wednesday said it would release the India Readiness Guide on February 10 that will help urban planners understand the framework of a smart city and take steps to improve infrastructure.
The ‘Smart City Mission’ is gaining momentum each passing day. In the latest development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA Government will officially declare the first batch of 20 smart cities early January.
The increasing viability of rooftop solar power plants and their multiple benefits could be a game changer for the country. In view of this, the Chhattisgarh Government has taken a vital step and has decided to make rooftop solar power plants mandatory for new buildings of government, semi-government establishments and institutional bodies from January 1, 2016 onwards in the state.
Soon, waiting in the long queue with money in hand or finding the exact change for paying the tolls will be thing of the past pan India. Yes, you have read it right. The Indian Highways Management Company Limited (IHMCL) is in talks with the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to bring out a model for nationwide rolling of e-toll (electronic toll).
The National Democratic Alliance government is getting ready to scale down the size and speed of its signature Smart City Mission, if the need arises. Not keen to delay
the project, the Centre may fund only 10 cities, instead of the proposed 20, in the first year, if proposals don’t match quality yardsticks.
Easier rules will come as a lifeline for fund-starved developers engaged in private township projects, say experts.
Pratap Padode, Founder and Director, Smart Cities Council India talks about the IT infrastructure requirements in a smart city.
The representatives of the Smart Cities industry along with Founder & Director of the Smart Cities Council India met Dr. Nitin Kareer, Principal Secretary, Urban Development Department for the Government of Maharashtra.
The CII, USTDA, Australian and Japan Council have expressed interest in developing various cities in Andhra Pradesh as smart cities.