SCC in the News

List of 100 smart cities to be out by September 1, says Venkaiah Naidu

08/23/2015

Hyderabad: The government is set to announce by September 1 the names of urban centres that would figure in the list of 100 smart cities, a flagship scheme of the Narendra Modi administration. "By September 1, the list of 100 cities will be announced officially. It is almost ready," Union Minister of Urban Development and Housing M Venkaiah Naidu said on Saturday.

The top 10 implementation challenges for smart cities in India

07/23/2015

Having recognised that cities are the engines of growth and are drawing a million people every minute from rural areas, the Government has introduced the ‘Smart City Challenge’, handing over the onus of planned urbanisation to the states. In the approach to the Smart Cities Mission, the objective is to promote cities that provide core infrastructure and offer quality of life to citizens, a clean and sustainable environment and application of ‘smart’ solutions. Those states that measure up to the guidelines and nominate cities could get funding of Rs 100 crore per year per city for the next five years.

Challenges of Digital India: Some heads-up for Narendra Modi

07/06/2015

Narendra Modi launched his 1.13 lakh crore Digital India initiative on July 3 with a vision to digitally empower each and every citizen of the country. Though the plan is ready and we are good to go, but is it that easy to transform words written on a 'white paper' into a reality? Know all about the challenges of the grand mission before putting your foot forward to become digitally empowered. 1. The foremost challenge is to increase digital literacy in the country.

NE Smart City Conclave

07/06/2015

A smart city should be one that places the cultural development of a city as its central theme and ensures that citizens have an access to all facilities in a smart manner, said VK Pipersenia while inaugurating the North East Smart City Conclave organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) here on Saturday.

Smart cities to succeed on inter-state competition: Padode

07/02/2015

With PM Narendra Modi pressing the need of smart cities, dreaming of 100 smart cities remains no more a far-fetched reality. Speaking to CNBC-TV18, Pratap Padode, Founder and Director of the Smart Cities Council of India, discusses the various criteria for the Smart City programme.

States get four months to identify potential smart cities

07/02/2015

The Union government has indicated timelines for its smart city project to take off. Going by these, said a source, the first list of 20 such places to be chosen might be finalised by March 2016. States and Union Territories have got four months to come up with their list of places which they think deserve to be among these 100 smart cities, it is learnt, by October-November 2015. A valuation of the plans will determine the final 100.

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