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Smart Cities Council to launch India Readiness Guide on February 10


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.

Mandatory rooftop solar power plants for govt buildings


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.

E-tolls are here!


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).

Only 10 smart cities may get funds from Centre this year


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.

‘There are islands of excellence in this lake of frustration’


Pratap Padode, Founder Director, Smart Cities Council India expressed his strong optimism in the Smart Cities concept, while laying aside scepticism by recalling ancient Indian architecture. He also spoke about the various initiatives taken by select corporate and civic bodies across the country that cultivate a culture of smart innovations.