The Belagavi Smart City has launched Smart School scheme in 11 State-run schools in the district to enhance both teaching and learning experiences. Under the scheme, each school received 20 computers and a 75-inch smart board panel.
The Smart City Mission in Lucknow is set to ink a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the India Institute of Management (IIM), Indore. Indore has been adjudged the cleanest city in the country for three consecutive years in the Swacha Sarvekshan rankings by the Union Ministry of Urban Affairs.
Indore has become the first city in the country to have 1 lakh smart electric meters in residential and commercial buildings. So far, 97,000 smart electric meters have been installed in the city. Soon, Bangladesh will adopt Indore’s radio frequency based smart meter project.
Mangaluru Smart City Limited (MSCL) Managing Director Mohammed Nazeer called upon citizens to cooperate with the authorities for the implementation of various projects to be taken up under the Smart City mission.
The Pune Smart City Development Corporation (PSCDCL) has won a Union Government award for its Smart Clinic initiative under the category ‘social aspects’. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has started awards for India Smart Cities under the Smart Cities Mission to felicitate and recognise their efforts under different categories.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is planning to raise around Rs 400 billion to monetise its highway assets through Infrastructure Investment Trust (InvIT) after an approval from the Union Cabinet in December, two people aware of the development said.
Jharkhand’s capital Ranchi is soon to have two stretches of smart centers, which will have smart features like integrated traffic management system, better CCTV surveillance and variable message signboards.
Focusing on comprehensive assessment of urban development, the Madhya Pradesh Government has released its own ranking. In contrast to the Union government rankings, the Madhya Pradesh Urban Administration and Housing Development (UAHD) rankings of municipal corporations has Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s assembly constituency Chhindwara on top, followed by Burhanpur and Dewas. Bhopal is rank of eighth and Indore is eleventh
The Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation (NMSCDCL) has joined hands with the Nashik-based Nashik Cyclists Foundation (NCF) to encourage citizens to ride bicycle through various programs. In addition, ‘no-vehicle day’ will be implemented once a month as part of the promotional activities.
Swachh Survekshan League 2020 (SS League 2020) has been introduced with the objective of sustaining the on-ground performance of cities along with continuous monitoring of service level performance when it comes to cleanliness in urban local bodies (ULBs) of Odisha.
The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is mulling over plans to make use of robots for drainage cleaning rather than sending conservancy workers down in the drains and sewers for cleaning the silt.
Principal Secretary Housing and Urban Development Department (HUDD), Dheeraj Gupta, who is also the chairman of Jammu Smart City Limited (JSCL) chaired 5th Board of Directors (BoD) meeting.
With the help of regional town and country planning office, the Kozhikode City Corporation is actively considering a proposal to prepare a separate master plan for sewerage and drainage networks for corporation areas.
The Greater Chennai Corporation has asked its contractors across the city to employ a new technology to harvest rainwater, where water goes through a filtration process. It has been implemented in some parks.
Jamshedpur has bagged the top position in India having a population under 10 lakh as the cleanest city, according to the Central government’s cleanliness survey. Indore, the largest city as well as the commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh, has been adjudged as the cleanest city in the country for the fourth time in a row.
Chennai residents can now buy and sell reusable and recycled products online as the Greater Chennai Corporation launched a new website that facilitates waste-trading.
Keeping the Swachhta survey in mind, the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) will introduce bar coding through radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to ensure 100 per cent door-to-door garbage collection in the city. A bar code will be pasted outside every house in the city.
The Smart City Thiruvananthapuram Ltd (SCTL) has announced that it will soon launch a multi-utility smart card under Smart City Mission and it will be named as Smart Trivandrum card. This Smart Trivandrum card is modeled on Oyster card, which is used for payment for public transport in London.
Swedish companies will enable India to build its first climate-neutral Smart city in Gurugram. During Swedish royal family’s visit to India, Gurugram-based developer M3M signed an agreement with a Swedish company to develop 165-acre smart city project, which will attract foreign investment of $2 billion.
Tech Mahindra announced recently its largest smart city project worth Rs 5 billion from Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), Asia’s richest municipal corporation.
The Karnataka Government is likely to rescind its decision to scrap consumer goods conglomerate ITC’s CSR initiative to work with Chikkamagaluru City Municipal Council (CMC) in managing the Malnad town’s solid waste.
In a bid to create a “super smart city” by providing public services via technology, Gurugram has become the first city in Haryana to get an Integrated Command and Control Centre. Built for Rs 38 crore, the center was inaugurated by Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar.
Smart signalling system would ease traffic chaos at all the 38 Allahabad’s prominent crossings and intersections from January 1. The traffic police authorities are installing smart signalling systems at 23 crossings and inter sections to achieving Smart City status.
Chhattisgarh has the highest success rate in waste management among States whereas big States such as Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra lag behind, as per a report presented by the Ministry.
What’s the best way to stop people from spitting on roads? The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has carried out anti-spitting drive in the city. The drive is aimed at creating awareness about the ill effects caused due to spitting.
The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) is planning to monitor water supply network in the city through Scada project and hopes to reduce the non-revenue water (NRW) losses from current 44 per cent to 20-25 per cent.
Solid waste management is a cause of concern for urban local bodies (ULBs) due to a rapid urbanization. In this view, the Urban Development Department of Odisha Government has decided to replicate Tamil Nadu’s model of Micro Composting Centre (MCC) for proper segregation and management of wet waste.
The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC), which is implementing agency of RRTS project in India, has issued the civil tender for the underground section Anand Vihar to Vaishali of Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor.
The Smart Cities Mission mandates developing green and natural play areas, and a number of cities have introduced projects focusing on developing parks keeping children in mind.
The Government of Haryana is sketching the blueprint of a “Dream City”, an urban settlement flanking Gurugram in the south. The proposed city is being touted as Gurugram 2.0 and is conceived to ease pressures of urbanization on Delhi and Gurugram.
Trivendra Singh Rawat, Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, inaugurated projects worth Rs 5.7 billion under the Smart City Mission.
The Modi Government has adopted a six pronged approach to curb the single-use plastic, which has been used extensively in the packaging industry in the country.
The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) is planning to introduce sensor-based underground drainage (UGD) monitoring system in the area-based development (ABD) part of the city. Ward numbers 17, 18, 19 and 20 come under the ABD area.
Ambikapur, a town of less than two lakh population in Chhattisgarh, is leading the way in modern garbage collection and disposal. Its solid waste management is emerging as a model for others States.
The Government has sanctioned 305 projects at an estimated cost of over Rs 28,600 crore under the Clean Ganga drive. Minister for Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said there has been improvement in the quality of water of the River Ganga.
The Greater Chennai Corporation announced its partnership with ACT Fibernet, one of the regional Internet Service Providers, to set up WiFi zones in Chennai.
Bihar’s State Urban Development and Housing Department (UDHD) are to prepare a drainage plan for the State capital to prevent the kind of waterlogging experienced in the city this year following incessant rain.
The Mohali Municipal Corporation (MC) has constituted teams to check the ground reality of garbage segregation at source. Directions have been issued by the MC Commissioner, Bhupinder Pal Singh, to issue warnings to residents if found flouting the orders and not segregating garbage at source.
GIZ, a German development agency, is working with civic authorities in Kochi on the Climate Smart Cities programme, will soon come up with a mobile app that can help them respond to waterlogging issues in a timely and organised manner.
Twenty Eight projects worth approximately Rs 350 crore, including the construction of three flyovers, five roundabouts, five escalators and three smart parking lots, were approved by the Board of Directors of Shimla Smart City Mission. All projects have to be started before March 31, 2020.
The United Nation Habitat has cleared a grant of Rs 100 million to Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) with the aim to improve sanitation and health facilities in Pink City. A team of UN Habitat visited the JMC headquarters and met mayor Vishnu Lahta and commissioner Vijay Pal Singh before meeting Smart City, police and RICCO officials.
Following the steps from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to fix potholes and pay Rs 500 as compensation to citizens if their complaints were not taken up within 24 hours of being submitted, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has also announced that it will be filling up potholes in the city.
The Kollam Municipal Corporation (KMC), which governs the city of Kollam, has launched Intelligent Property Management System (IPMS) to regulate the recording and tax-fixing of properties and the e-governance facility, Integrated Management System (IMS).
On the lines of ‘Clean Ganga’ project, the Union Government has given its nod for ‘Clean Krishna – Godavari’ project, aimed at rejuvenation of the two major rivers in two Telugu States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
Five companies have come forward to manufacture e-autos and e-rickshaws in Kerala as part of the electric vehicle revolution. All companies have made their first model. They will be launched by the beginning of 2020. This is in addition to the government initiative Kerala Automobile Limited.
After Chennai, the Coimbatore Corporation is planning to procure an amphibian equipment to remove water hyacinth, weeds and silt from the city lakes. The civic body is planning to procure the equipment at a cost of Rs 8.5 crore under the smart city mission and has obtained approval from the high-power committee.
SWaCH has set up dedicated centers across Pune for daily recycling process, taking a step towards green future with proper plastic waste management. The plastic collected through these centers is being sent for recycling through which various products are made.
In the coming months, do not be relieved if a traffic policeman does not catch you for not wearing a helmet. The challan for paying the fine may land later at your doorstep.
Gap Inc and Arvind Limited unveiled a new water treatment facility in apparel manufacturing, which could save as much as eight million litres of fresh water per day or 2.5 billion liters a year.
ABB Electrification has launched an interactive ‘Smart City’ to mark the UN’s World Cities Day. The interactive landscape shows some of the safe, smart and sustainable solutions that can contribute to the design of a comprehensive ‘smart city.’
The Government of Telangana and ACC have entered into an agreement to convert plastic waste as fuel. In the past two months, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has collected 150 metric tonnes of plastic waste, with help from resident welfare organisations, NGOs and self-help groups.
Japan-based NEC Technologies India (NECTI) has launched a FIWARE-based smart cities platform in India. The new product from NECTI is based on FIWARE Foundation’s open source platform, which supports Next Generation Service Interfaces, a globally accepted open standard interface for data management.
Sebi has relaxed norms for ‘Muni Bonds’ issuance to help smart cities as well as entities working in areas of city planning and urban development work, including municipalities, raise funds through debt securities. The decision comes after the board of Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) approved norms in this regard in August.
Recently, Kolkata was awarded the C40 award for “green mobility - low carbon commute transition” in Copenhagen. Keeping this in mind, the Transport Department of Kolkata plans to switch to electric vehicles for public transport in the city by 2030.
Delhi Metro has taken a huge step to improve last-mile connectivity. The Delhi Metro feeder bus services for last-mile connectivity will be enhanced for passengers in the national capital as the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has decided to introduce more electric feeder buses soon.
The Smart City project works got a big push with the government releasing Rs 1.86 billion for Visakhapatnam Smart City Corporation. It includes the Central share of Rs 1 billion and the State margin money.
The Andhra Pradesh Government has launched an ambitious project to provide a drinking water connection to every household in the state by 2022. Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Minister P Ramachandra Reddy said that the State-wide water grid project would ensure supply of clean drinking water to every household from 2022 for at least the next 30 years.
With the interest around electric mobility growing in India, many States are preparing to adopt mass-scale electric mobility, with some wanting to take a lead. Chandigarh is soon to join the list of regions in India having their own EV policy.
The Odisha Government has decided to expand the ban on single-use plastics across all villages from next year Gandhi Jayanti (2020). For this, they will soon issue a circular. Following the Centre’s footsteps, the Government introduced the ban in all 114 urban local bodies (ULBs) of the State on October 2 this year.
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has issued three different Request for Proposals (RfPs) for the procurement of a total of 3.7 MW of solar power through open access for the airports at Raipur, Coimbatore, and Aurangabad.
The Thiruvananthapuram City Corporation is set to broaden non-biodegradable waste management with micro-level segregation and storage focusing on the recovery of saleable types.
June 2014 marked the unveiling of the Indian Government’s aggressive plan to build 100 smart cities in India. The Union Ministry of Urban Development is responsible for implementing the mission in collaboration with the state governments of the respective cities.
To upgrade and strengthen 500 kilometres of State highways as well as look for measures to reduce accidents and fatalities on roads, the Uttar Pradesh Government will get $400 million loan from World Bank. For this, an agreement was signed between the Government of India, Government of Uttar Pradesh and World Bank.
To evaluate various technologies available for the onsite processing of wet waste by bulk generators and individual households, the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) has formed a high-level technical committee consisting of both Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials and KSPCB officials.
The Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA) has come out with a plan to invest Rs 14.31 billion to construct new housing schemes, bridges and roads along with laying new drainage lines. In addition, the urban development body has also sought a soft loan of Rs 28 billion from Asian Development Bank (ADB) to fund its future projects.
Nashik’s Public Works Department (PWD) has decided to implement the green road technology across the State. As a result, about 90,000 km of roads in the State will get upgraded. The green road technology was tried and tested in Dindori and Igatpuri regions of the district recently.
The Uttar Pradesh Government is planning to set up common authority—Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA)—with an aim to upgrade daily commuting experience of urban transport users in various cities of the State.
The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has sanctioned around 3,520 projects worth Rs 70 billion for Assam till March 31, 2019. The projects cover three sectors – agriculture and related sector, social sectors and rural connectivity.
During the cabinet meet, the Uttar Pradesh Government agreed to develop seven municipal corporations as Smart Cities. Ayodhya and Gorakhpur are part of the seven municipal corporations. Other five corporations include: Meerut, Ghaziabad, Firozabad, Mathura-Vrindavan and Shahjahanpur.
In a bid to curb plastic pollution, the Meghalaya Government is constructing roads made from plastic waste in Tura in West Garo Hills district. Recently, CMO Meghalaya took to its Twitter handle saying, “We made our first #PlasticRoad in #Meghalaya in 2018 in #Nongstoin followed by another one in #Tura in 2019
In a move to eliminate plastic, the Urban Housing Ministry, Government of India, has launched a campaign, which is being implemented in three phases – awareness campaigns, collection and processing.
The green temple initiative to manage the waste generated in 13 temples in Madurai city has started yielding manure thus becoming a model for segregation and management of waste at source. The program, which was launched in December, last year, is being organized under ITC Mission Sunehrakal.
France has shown a keen interest in having long term tie-up with Andhra Pradesh in infrastructure development, automobiles and renewable energy. A delegation of 39 heads of French companies called upon Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy at his camp office in Tadepalli and held discussions on matters of mutual interest.
An infrastructure finance company, PTC India Financial Services (PFS) has signed an MoU with Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon to work in the areas of infrastructure, especially sustainable infrastructure financing.
After the successful Smart Cities Mission 2.0, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, the nodal department for Smart City Mission, is set to roll out Smart City Mission 2.0 in 2020. The Central Government’s second version of the smart city initiative will be rolled out across the country.
Assessing its progress and success, the Smart Cities Council India, part of the global consortium of smart cities, recently concluded the 6th Smart Cities Summit – SM@RT URBANATION – at Hotel Ashok Lalit in Bengaluru.
Under Smart Cities initiative which is spread over 100 cities about 3,880 projects worth ₹1.41 lakh crore have been tendered, out of a total of about 5,000 projects.
In Karnataka, several cities selected under the Smart City project, including Bengaluru, have the dubious distinction of underutilising funds released for implementing various projects.
The Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) plans to create a land bank of 200 acre to take up development activities after announcing a new Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) for the Capital City.
The Punjab Government and the Indian Institute of Technology Ropar have signed an MoU with an objective to take up collaborative programs for research and innovation to boost economic growth and create quality jobs, and give impetus to promote research and innovation in the State through collaborative efforts.
To improve solid waste management in the State capital, the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) plans to deploy technology solutions. LMC will use radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology so that bar codes can be used for door-to-door garbage collection
In a bid to introduce better waste management techniques, Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) will introduce Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology so that bar codes can be used to ensure door-to-door garbage collection. A pilot project in Geetapalli ward is likely to commence soon.
In a bid to promote safer roads in India, Renault Nissan Technology and Business Centre India (RNTBCI) have joined hands with International Centre for Automotive Technology of India (ICAT) for collecting in-depth data of road accidents. The project will facilitate scientific data-driven approach towards safer roads in India.
To increase the capacity of the existing water supply network, the Aurangabad Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (ASCDCL) has floated tenders worth Rs 12.51 crore, which would increase the water supply by 5-10 MLD.
To reduce congestion in the capital, the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA)—a statutory agency that is responsible for the development and beautification of the city—is planning to create a new city, which will be known as ‘Bhubaneswar South City’.
To spread awareness on plastic pollution and waste segregation as part of the ‘100 days Smart City Campaign on Sanitation,’ Kohima Smart City—in collaboration with the Green Team Kohima—is visiting government schools in Kohima town.
India’s largest private company by revenues, Reliance Industries (RIL) plans to support waste treatment and management start-ups – both domestic and global.
The Government will award tenders worth over Rs 2 lakh crore by March next year, as well as finish smart city projects worth Rs 50,000 crore by June 2020. This was done in order to fast-track the implementation of the Smart Cities Mission (SCM).
Very soon, Mangaluru, which is the chief port city of Karnataka, will convert its 24 old bus shelters into smart ones. These smart bus shelters will provide real time transit data like route numbers, information on arriving buses with their estimated arrival time as well as information on bus route maps and guides.
A list of the smartest 10 cities in India was created after a recent assessment by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.
The Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to make the city the first state capital to attain 100 per cent scientific disposal of e-waste. Bhopal produces upwards of 250MT of e-waste each year. It includes extremely toxic and harmful materials such as lead, cadmium and brominated flame retardants.
The Aurangabad Industrial City (Auric) was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently. Auric is being developed at the Shendra and Bidkin nodes of the Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor. The city, equipped with underground plug-n-play infrastructure, is planned for 50 years with the integration of information and communication technology.
Several developmental programs initiated by GHMC with an estimated cost of Rs 10 crore in LB Nagar zone were inaugurated by Malla Reddy, Telangana Labour Minister, along with the city mayor Bonthu Rammohan, Malkajgiri MP Revanth Reddy and LB Nagar MLA Sudheer Reddy.
As part of the Central Government's initiative to promote eco-friendly public transportation, fifty electric buses will be added to Goa’s corporation fleet. These additional buses will operate on a public-private partnership basis and will be seen on Goa's roads by November, said Carlos Almeida, Chairman of Kadamba Transport Corporation.
A demonstration plant was inaugurated in Dehradun by Union Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Harsh Vardhan on August 28, 2019 for converting plastic waste to diesel based on at the Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP) of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has tied up with the Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited (PSCDCL) to launch ‘Zero Waste Project’ under area based development project of the smart city. The organizers of the project have decided to deploy 30 Swachta Mitras for creating awareness about the initiative.
A deadline of 30 days has been set up by the Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (NMSCDCL) to complete the Rs 193-crore plan project of upgrading the basic infrastructure in the old city areas.
Under the smart city plan, the Maharashtra Government has given its approval to the Nashik Metro’s detailed project report (DPR), which was prepared by the MahaMetro. The project will be known as Nashik Metro Neo.
The decks have been cleared for the much-awaited drainage pipeline project at the Nanasaheb Peshwe lake, popularly known as Katraj lake.
The Haryana Government has decided to enhance the scope of National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM) from 80 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) to 86 ULBs in order to enable the poor and vulnerable urban poor household’s access to gainful self-employment and skilled wage employment opportunities under the NULM.
The Odisha Government has decided to set up 114 waste processing and disposal facilities in all Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) very soon.
A set of recommendations that can empower gram panchayats to effectively deal with waste was launched by the National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR).
Roads in Patna are set to get a cleaner look with the Patna Smart City Limited (PSCL) planning to bury the mess of dangling criss-cross cables of electricity, telephone and broadband among other wires.
The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) has proposed 70 projects with an estimated expenditure of Rs 29 billion under the ‘Smart City’ mission, Municipal Commissioner G. Srijana said.
Following the agitation by nearby residents over the effluent discharge to the Kalachal and Chathanattu canals by the units at Cochin Special Economic Zone (CSEZ), the government agency has decided to address the issue with the establishment of a wastewater recycling plant by December.
Kohima Smart City in collaboration with the Green Team Kohima held a consultation meeting with Kohima Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI) under the ‘100 days Smart City Special Initiative Campaign on Sanitation’ in the chamber of the Administrator, KMC & CEO, KSCDL on August 16.
Union government’s mantra of One City One Impact is to showcase the progress made by 100 smart cities as Modi 2.0 completes 100 days in October. For this, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has directed all 100 smart cities to choose one project that would show a direct impact on the quality of life of its residents.
Post Ladakh being declared a Union Territory (UT), it is likely that its headquarter Leh will be the next city to be awarded the ‘Smart City’ tag. It is all set to undergo a massive ground-level transformation as the Centre is keen on introducing new infrastructure projects to aid the urban development of the area.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) chief has cleared a proposal that will benefit all housing societies, but awaits standing committee approval. If you segregate garbage and dispose of your own wet and dry waste, you can get a property tax waiver of up to 7 per cent.
Google is collaborating with Cisco for its ‘gStation’ offering that provides access to free and high-speed WiFi at public locations across India. Under the partnership, Cisco is providing the network infrastructure and about 25 locations already live in Bengaluru and another 200 locations will go live in the next 2-3 months in the city
Street lights are not working? Ritu Maheshwari, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Noida Authority, has launched a mobile app for LED street light grievance Redressal, in the city.
The Madurai Corporation approved the establishment of a sewage treatment plant (STP) with two million liters per day (MLD) capacity at Vaigai river to treat sewage water carried by the Pandhalkudi channel before entering the river course.
Noida has come out with an unique solution to segregate waste. Residents of Sector 15A of Noida started segregating waste with the launch of three e-vehicles with two compartments for wet and dry waste collection from houses.
As per a new move by the Delhi Development Authority, a section of Dwarka is set to be remade as a Mini Smart City as well as the latest chill spot for the residents of NCR.In accordance with the DDA's plan to make Dwarka a mini Smart city, there is a 21.15 hectare area spread across Dwarka Sector 10 and 11.
From next year, the security system in Kochi will be artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled with over 1,000 cameras controlling the entire traffic and surveillance activities in the city.
After MahaMetro implemented the idea of tapping rainwater at its stations in Nagpur, city’s skating instructor Rohit Deshpande has now proposed to store rainwater from footpaths and roads.
To improve solid waste management system in Puri, the district administration and the Puri Municipality have decided to launch door-to-door garbage collection in this holy city.
The Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation (NMSCDCL) has given its approval for giving work orders to seven projects worth Rs 3.1 billion.
The Tiruchi City Corporation has decided to develop the Gandhi Market under the Smart City Mission.
Coimbatore has left all the cities behind and has topped in the implementation of the Smart City mission project.
PepsiCo India has partnered with Nepra, a waste management firm, with the aim to collect over 8 lakh kg of multi-layered plastic in West Bengal by end of this year.
The Department of Industries has got the Centre’s nod for construction of a World Trade Centre (WTC) at the upcoming Smart City in suburban Ranchi, officials from the Department said.
As part of its ongoing effort to turn around the country’s ailing power sector, the Indian Government is planning to install smart meters in each and every home and business.
Smart Urbanation 2019 is being conducted in coordination with Govt. of Karnataka, with participation from 60 city officials.
Jaipur City Transport Services Ltd (JCTSL) plans to purchase 600 new buses out of which 300 will be electric vehicles. This was stated by local self government department minister Shanti Dhariwal in the assembly. The new AC and non-AC buses will provide relief to the commuters.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced construction of 10,000 check dams in the current fiscal year. Making a suo motu announcement in the assembly, the chief minister said the construction of structures would be taken up at Rs 312 crore.
The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) is going to launch a new system to clear the dustbins on the roads. The new system will equip dustbins with QR (quick response) codes to facilitate the immediate clearing of trash.
Srinagar administration has upgraded 10 traffic signals to Intelligent Traffic Signal System (ITSS) in the capital city.
To make travel easier, a ropeway will be built from Jawali village in Mahabaleshwar Tehsil to Pratapgad. This project has been approved as a mega project under the Tourism Policy of year 2016.
With no scientific disposal of e-waste and hazardous waste in the State, Clean Kerala Company has embarked on a project to tackle the menace.
A recent research suggests that life expectancy in India has gone down by 2.6 years due to deadly diseases caused by air pollution.
Shortage of parking space, high parking tariffs, and traffic congestion due to visitors in search for a parking place are only a few examples of everyday parking problems.
As part of Swachh Bharat Mission, State-owned oil and gas company, Indian Oil Corporation will undertake the task to clean 37 water bodies across the country that require immediate attention.
The Gujarat government is eyeing reuse of over 5,000 Million Litres Per Day (MLD) of sewage water against just about 50 MLD.
The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) is working on introducing of the latest European System, which will enable in controlling trains more accurately than the present system on which the Indian Railways’ system is running
A 20-acre plot, barely 9 km from the airport has been identified for setting up a waste-recycling centre, where daily waste from new town, Bidhannagar and three boroughs of the city would be taken.
In October 2017, Shimla became the first city in India to launch the electric buses for commercial use. Soon, electric buses will hit the streets of Assam. The Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) is to deploy 15 electric buses in Guwahati, a city in north-east India.
India’s waste management woes are huge. With the tap of a button, countless houses and hotels in Trivandrum are finding a solution to their septage waste management woes in an automated way.
The Agra Municipal Corporation (AMC) will install panic buttons across the city in a bid to introduce tourist safety measures in the city. According to AMC, this would not only ensure citizen safety, but would also improve response time of the law enforcement agency.
According to Kolkata-based Hulladek Recycling, Jamshedpur generates about 1,500–2,000 metric tonnes of e-waste annually. Keeping this in mind, Jusco has collaborated with Hulladek Recycling to inaugurate the first electronic waste management centre in Sakchi.
India accounts for about 7 per cent of the global GHG, and mission-mode programs like Smart Cities, AMRUT, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) and Swachh Bharat have combating climate change as one of the major goals.
Having a sound faecal sludge management system is of utmost importance in densely populated areas. While poor faecal sludge management in India remains a concern, a few hundred households in Valsad district of south Gujarat have shown the way by linking their toilets to biogas plants.
Hygiene and sanitation have become so common in today’s society that people often don’t stop and think about how important portable toilets are.
As part of the Climate Smart Cities (CSC) programme, Kochi will reportedly soon get aid from a technical consultant for managing its municipal solid waste (MSW), construction and demolition (C&D) waste and plastic waste.
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has joined hands with ITC and a waste-pickers cooperative to collect and process multi-layered plastic (MLP) waste in the city.
The Kochi city police will launch Central Intrusion Monitoring System (CIMS), a smart security system very soon as part of strengthening the surveillance and security over high-asset buildings and commercial establishments like banks, jewellery shops and treasuries with the help of modern technology.
The Thiruvananthapuram Corporation, after a long wait, is finally gearing up to invite tender to implement the new and improvised decentralized waste management scheme.
The Ranchi Lake, commonly known as Bada Talab, is set for a face-lift with the city civic body drafting a multi-crore plan to conserve and beautify the British-era water body.
Riding high on success of the pilot project to convert plastic waste into fuel, the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) is likely to come up with a larger facility on public-private partnership (PPP) mode.
Nagaland’s capital city Kohima has recently joined Himalayan Cleanup event by undertaking Kohima Sanuorü Cleanup Campaign under the theme ‘Our Mountains deserve better.’ The Himalayan Cleanup is an annual event conducted across the Himalayan states of India to bring attention on the problem of waste in the mountains, specifically single use plastic waste.
There have been enough controversies on the elevated corridor project. In its resettlement and rehabilitation (R&R) policy, the Karnataka Road Development Corporation Ltd (KRDCL) has stated that the proposed elevated corridor will be installed with open air purifiers and carbon absorbent machines.
Taking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachch Bharat’ campaign to the next level, the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) and the Citizen Consumer and Civic Action Group (CAG) has signed an MoU for the Zero Waste Chennai project. The project was is to be implemented for the first time in the capital city of Tamil Nadu.
The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has given its approval to the power purchase agreement (PPA) signed between Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) and Accord Hydroair (Pikhuwa) Private Limited.
The Thanjavur Municipal Corporation (TMC) is inducting green e-vehicles that is powered by batteries for solid waste management. This historic town will have as many as 30 such vehicles for garbage collection from houses. Each vehicle can reportedly carry 750-kg of garbage from houses and commercial establishments.
Under the Smart City project, the Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation (CCMC) is all set to have LED lights fixed in 60 wards replacing the old ones. Once the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) is lifted, work in this direction will begin.
In a major development in the Smart Cities Mission, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) is planning to launch a web portal with details of its smart city projects. This initiative can be replicated by other civic agencies as well. The initiative has been taken on a lieutenant governor’s directive.
Green belts are present not only for the purpose of protecting sensitive areas to maintain ecological balance, but are also be found in urban areas so as to act as a sink for the harmful gases released by industries operating in the area.
Karimnagar, which has gained national-level recognition having been given smart city status, is likely to add another feather to its cap.
Nowadays, schools are turning to technology to help them save money. As many as 13 government schools under Mangaluru City Corporation will turn smart under Smart Mangaluru Project. These schools together will be funded with Rs 16 crore in two phases.
Solid-waste management has become an important issue in India, and it needs to be resolved through an integrated community, private-sector, and policy-based approach.
The Master Plan 2035 is the third statutory planning exercise carried out for Srinagar city so far. However; the question remains as to how much has been achieved on ground vis-à-vis the master plan targets during the plan period of more than four decades.
Data shows, the police in India take a minimum of 8-10 hours to track the path of the criminal. To keep a watch on criminal activities, the Pune Police has connected and geo-tagged 10,000 private CCTV cameras in the city to their system to improve vigilance and help investigations.
Solid waste management is the biggest challenge faced in metropolitan cities. The simplest solution to this problem is waste segregation at households. With Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) having made it compulsory to segregate waste at source and pourakarmikas refusing to lift mixed waste in several pockets of the city, many localities are witnessing proliferation of black spots.
Maharashtra’s Aurangabad Industrial City (AURIC) is wooing businesses from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to set up operations at the upcoming facility. AURIC is termed as a one-of-its-kind greenfield smart industrial cities in the country.
Spitting and littering in public places not only creates a filthy environment but also earns the country a bad image. Very soon, throwing garbage and spitting in Ahmedabad streets can soon become an expensive.
Kulathummal Canal in Thiruvananthapuram District, Kerala is on the road to restoration. The Government of Kerala is coming up with a project to improve and restore the soil quality and increase the groundwater table.
The processing of waste plastic products has a significant impact on the environment. Most plastics are not degradable. Moving forward on its commitment towards Environment, Dabur, a producer of Ayurvedic products, has plans to expand its mega Plastic Waste recycling initiative in Uttar Pradesh.
India generates approximately 0.025 MT of plastic waste every day. Out of this, 94 per cent is thermoplastic content, which includes polyethylene terephthalate PET, low-density polyethylene (LPDE), high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC), all of this being recyclable.
Decentralized approach of managing solid waste is an approach by various small waste management centers within the community. The individual micro-management centers engage informal sector i.e., rag-pickers for collection and transportation of waste via small vehicles.
Cybersecurity for Industry 4.0, a joint study conducted by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) with global professional services firm Ernst & Young (EY) noted that the focus of the current governments and industries had indeed shifted to technologies like Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, robotics, and other advanced technologies.
Greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants have been a critical challenge for India and it is a challenge that needs to be addressed heads-on given the country’s increasing demand for electricity.
The current method of monitoring the construction process and delivering information involved a lot of manpower and needed to be done on a regular basis.
India is known for its haphazard waste management skills and disposing of the garbage in an eco-friendly manner. However, gradually the scenario is changing.
Transportation plays a significant role in the transformation of a smart city. An intelligent transport management system is the one which is integrated with Information and Communication Technology that ensures easy commute options for the people in the city.
The Smart Cities Mission was launched by the Indian government in 2015, with an estimated project value of approximately $14 billion. The scheme aims at developing a number of urban financial centres across India, each of which is endowed with the latest in information communication technology.
Tamil Nadu is the most urbanised state in India, with 48.5% of its population living in urban areas. The Commissionerate of Municipal Administration (CMA) has under its purview all municipal corporations (11 in number) other than Chennai and all 125 municipalities.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has started receiving solar power from the Rewa Solar Power Project from today onwards. Today, DMRC received 27 MW power from the project based in Madhya Pradesh and the same will gradually increase to 99 MW.
The growing economies across the globe are observing an increase in urban population, rise in per capita income level and increasing consumption level. With India growing on similar grounds, increase in purchasing power has led to more affordability and accessibility of the resources that increased the levels of municipal as well as industrial wastes across the Indian States.
Namami Gange is the Indian government’s ambitious programme to restore water quality in the Ganga and its tributaries. The main objective of Namami Gange is to prevent the flow of untreated sewage into Ganga and its tributaries.
A leading industry report predicts that utility firms are forecast to reduce their expenditure by nearly $157 billion by 2035 through smart meter applications, thereby stimulating Internet of Things (IoT) utilities market trends in the years ahead.
Tata Steel is committed to play a leading role in conservation of water and significantly reduce its impact on water. The steel company, which has setup a 30,000 cubic meters a day (m3/d) tertiary-level treatment plant in 2018, has now resulted in a 16 per cent cut in the intake of fresh water from the Subarnarekha River.
At a time of widespread agricultural distress caused by successive droughts, unremunerative farming and debt-trapped rural economies, a young man with his mobile app is showing how change can be brought in the life of farmers at the grass-root level.
Deployment of wireless smart sensors to monitor the integrity of bridges and identify leakages in water distribution pipelines helps the city authorities to prioritise their limited investments.
There are a variety of frameworks that city councils can pursue in order to realise their Smart Cities, all with differing extents of private sector involvement.
Karnataka’s Shivamogga Smart City has come up with a tender to procure 100 electric rickshaws. The bid submission deadline is May 6, 2019.
From dairies to smart cities, India is steadily transforming into an IoT country. According to a NASSCOM report, India will be home to 2.7 billion connected devices by 2020.
With India's the Internet of Things (IoT) market poised to touch $15 billion USD by 2020, new and cost-effective solutions are an integral part of driving the market growth and IoT adoption in India.
Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) will soon use drones for aerial site photography to monitor the progress of ongoing construction projects. The drones will take aerial photographs of the New South Parallel Runway (NSPR) project area (624 acres), the new terminal (T2) and apron project area (166 acres) and the forecourt project area (128 acres).
Sean Chiao, President, Asia Pacific, Aecom said that when the smart cities mission of the country is implemented completely, Indian cities will have much to learn from each other’s successes and failures.
Students will be introduced to scientific waste disposal for the first time from the academic year 2019-20. The syllabus, prepared by the Pune-based Mutha Foundation with inputs from the state department of science and technology, will be part of the ‘moolya vardhan’ programme.
The Mumbai Metro, run by Reliance has partnered with several private and public banks that offer their regular commuters with the Mumbai Metro smart card which incorporates dual purposes. Each of these banks has various benefits to offer the users, which includes cashback and loyalty points.
The Global Positioning System (GPS)-enabled smart watches introduced by the Lucknow Municipal Corporation to keep track of the workers has caught red-handed 13 sanitary workers who skipped their duty.
The Human Resource Development Ministry’s assessment of learning levels among India’s 10th standard students in 2015 placed Tamil Nadu’s students close to the bottom in every subject.
To improve connectivity between Diu (Old City) and Ghoghla Beach and to leverage the waterfront location and the beach destinations in order to improve the tourism potential of Diu, the Diu Smart City has proposed to build a 300 meters Diu Ghoghla Bridge Park.
To empower citizens to co-create and manage their neighborhoods and open spaces, the Bhubaneswar Smart City Ltd (BSCL) is developing B-Active project.
To improve a shared community infrastructure as well as augmenting social and technological capacity to achieve the goal of a ‘slumfree’ Puducherry, the Puducherry Smart City Corporation Ltd (PSCCL) has launched “Our Neighbourhood is Your Neighbourhood Too – A Participatory Planning Approach for Improvement of Low-income Settlements” project in Puducherry.
In the wake of growing geopolitical tensions, population explosion and ever-changing climatic conditions, nations, and the big companies instrumental in driving their economies cannot afford to ignore the need to develop resilient infrastructure.
The Steel Authority of India (SAIL) has launched Internet of Things (IoT)-driven garbage bins across South and North Delhi Municipal Corporation area, which automatically sends a signal to the waste collection authority once the bins are full.
The Surat Smart City Development (SSCDL) has developed that will create a digitally-inclusive urban space through interactive service delivery points.
To impact as many school students as possible with education support, improve student retention rate in schools by strengthening education systems, and to provide user-friendly mobile community development centre as a learning space, the Bhopal Smart City Development Cooperation (BCLL) has drawn a plan to refurbish the old public transport buses of Bhopal City Link (BCL) as modern classrooms.
In a quest to improve the overall mobility of the city, the Thane Smart City (TSCL), a special purpose vehicle, is developing a mobility improvement plant as a part of its area-based development plan.
The Smart City Ahmedabad Development has developed a last mile connectivity model using dockless bikes for Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) and along with Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Services (AMTS).
The project aims to develop a identity management system using Blockchain and Aadhaar as a backbone for a secure platform and improve public service delivery in Puducherry.
The Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation (NSSCDCL) has envisaged to implement a integrated digital governance system
Surat has a few natural drains running across from east to west. Most of the areas along the drains were misused for dumping waste and illegal activities like animal slaughtering.
Amritsar has an existing bus network (BRTS) and city bus network, but the current system is not sufficient to cater to the public transportation requirements of all citizens. This has led Amritsar Smart City (ASCL) to develop a last-mile connectivity project for all citizens through feeder service.
To provide affordable and quality healthcare services to the citizens, the Cochin Smart Mission Limited has adopted e-Health solution, being developed and implemented by the Kerala State Health Department (KSHD). This solution integrates all departments and government hospitals into an efficient Hospital Information and Management System.
As a part of City Investments to Innovate, Integrate and Sustain (CITIIS) initiative, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) has submitted a proposal to upgrade existing 149 schools by adopting smart ways to develop futuristic learning environment is necessary.
The absence of public transportation system in Kakinada city has resulted in increased vehicular emissions, traffic congestion, absence of last mile connectivity and expensive commute choices for the citizens.
Dehradun is one of the premier tourist destinations of the country. Around 33 per cent of the total trips to the city is for tourism purposes. Work trips and education trips constitute 34 per cent and 10 per cent respectively.
Smart grids have long since been one of the biggest future advancements city planners have looked forward to. The ability to harness big data coming from a multitude of sensors in the electric grid proves to be very useful for managing resources.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a payment card, which can be used to pay transport charges across the country. Called the National Common Mobility Card (NCMC), it is the country's first indigenously developed payment system for transport.
Small and mid-sized cities and towns of India are showing the way on how to manage solid waste by getting communities to segregate waste and keeping the waste streams separate. Experiences from the visits to some of these cities are shared, in particular, Suryapet and Karjat.
To put an end to all speculations about hygiene and quality of food in the railway kitchens, Indian Railways is planning to install a transparent system that will allow passengers to access live feed online directly from the kitchens on how their food is being cooked and packed!
The Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) will be among the few civic bodies in the country to complete the projects under Smart Cities Mission within the stipulated time. SMC, which has launched 70 projects worth Rs 26.90 billion in June 2015, is expected to complete them by 2020.
Sri Krishna College of Engineering and Technology and Kumaraguru College of Technology are the two nodal centers in Coimbatore for the finals of the “Smart India Hackathon 2019” to be held on March 2 and 3. Sri Krishna College has been selected for the third consecutive year to host the event.
A FICCI-KPMG Smart City Knowledge Report on ‘Cybersecurity in Smart Cities’ has suggested a five-point action plan to enable smart cities to keep pace with the cybersecurity needs and build a cyber-resilient and trusted environment across the entire value chain.
Sensus, a Xylem brand, has been selected as Larsen & Toubro’s (L&T) technology partner to ensure the successful implementation of Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) innovative 24×7 water distribution project.
Water scarcity is an urgent risk in the country. The 2018 report by India’s policy think-tank NITI Aayog highlights that the country is facing the worst water crisis in history which can lead to an eventual 6% loss in the country’s GDP by 2030.
Experts from Korea and World Bank will work closely with the Department of Environment, Science and Technology to find out a workable solution for solid waste problem and challenges in Himachal Pradesh.
The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, is all set to organise the "Blockchain Summit India" on 22nd and 23rd February 2019, to channel India's potential around blockchain and crypto economy.
Smart Cities Council India (SCCI) in association with Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation (NSSCDC) organised a Think Table meet on January 31, 2019, in Nagpur.
With the current funding structure or guidelines laid down by the Centre, each selected city, for the period of four to five years, will receive Rs 5 billion and an equally matching amount will be contributed by the State Governments.
The Coimbatore Smart City will undergo an energy saving transformation. The city SPV has called for a tender converting the existing incandescent street light to smart energy efficient LED lights. That said, the scope of work of this tender also includes fixing accessories across the city of Coimbatore, as well as west and south core areas of the Coimbatore Smart City.
An Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC), as the name suggests, works as a brain for all smart solutions implemented across a city – be it a surveillance system, smart traffic management, waste management, utilities management, environmental sensors, public information system, (variable message boards, public address systems, kiosks, etc).
The Hubballi-Dharwad Smart City in Karnataka will get funding of Rs 80 crore for its proposed ‘Green Mobility Corridor’ project that has won the CITIIS challenge, according to the Urban Affairs Ministry.
The UP Government has approved the two second-generation ethanol plants, which will incur an investment of Rs 4 billion each. The State Government will also offer the company with facilities including stamp duty waiver, capital subsidy as well as SGST rebate.
Under the Smart Cities Mission (SCM), 100 Smart Cities have been selected in four rounds based on All India Competition. All 100 cities have incorporated Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs). Since the launch of the mission 5,151 projects identified by the cities worth more than Rs 2 lakh crore are in various stages of implementation in the 100 cities.
With the current increase in Internet of Things (IoT) deployments taking place across the globe, IoT platforms have started to play a critical role in the successful roll-outs of IoT solutions. Real-time analytic provide customers the ability to get immediate insight on their business operations, cost savings, and overall return on investment (ROI).
The Government of Andhra Pradesh is organizing the second edition of Happy Cities Summit 2019, Amaravati from February 13-15, 2019. The summit aims to build on the success and momentum of the inaugural Happy Cities Summit to establish Amaravati, the capital of Andhra Pradesh, at the forefront of urban innovation discourse, with a focus on citizen happiness.
Varanasi is all set to become the first city with zero discharge of polluted water into river Ganga. By July this year, the sewage treatment capacity of Varanasi will exceed 400 million liters per day (MLD), checking the flow of sewer water in the river completely.
Uber, the world’s largest ridesharing company, announced a pilot launch of Uber Boat service in Mumbai, in partnership with Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB). The on-demand service will provide transportation from three of the city’s popular coastal routes namely Gateway of India, Elephanta Islands and Mandwa Jetty, via speed boats.
As per the smart city plan (SCP), close to 70 per cent of the work has been grounded. The city SPV has completed an Integrated Command and Communication Centre at the GVMC office, Centralised Command Control Centre at the Police Commissioner's office, and Phase-II of the smart poles project for redesigning and beautification of roads costing Rs 600 million.
Despite being selected in round two of the Smart Cities Mission, Ujjain has been able to bid out 42 out of its 43 listed projects. Of the 42 tendered projects, 13 projects worth Rs 1.62 billion (8.68 per cent of the total smart city projects) have already been completed.
As on date, the city has undertaken 50 projects worth Rs 9.40 billion under the Smart City Mission, of which, 12 projects worth Rs 1.12 billion have been successfully completed, 16 projects worth Rs 2.57 billion are in progress, and another 22 projects worth Rs 5.68 billion are in the tendering or DPR stages.
India is witnessing a significant boom in the city gas network and recently held ninth CGD bidding round which offers to cover 174 districts, grouped in 86 geographical areas and spread across 22 Indian states and Union Territories is a testimony of this.
Implementing smart meters is one of the operational performance parameters under the Government of India’s Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY). The scheme would help in reducing AT&C losses. It will also help in monitoring round-the-clock power supply eventually leading to greater efficiency and a pathway to meeting the government’s vision of 24X7 Power for All.
Growth in commercial buildings and facilities has led to substantial use of electricity, heat and cooling, consuming almost 90 per cent of the energy bill. In high energy consumption industrial sectors, energy cost is about 30 to 50 per cent of the manufacturing cost.
The Shivamogga Smart City in Karnataka is leaving no stone unturned to be one of the finest smart cities in India. The city is progressing well in terms of issuance of work orders. The city has issued work orders for projects worth Rs 64.06 crore. That apart, the authority will be issuing work orders for all the key smart roads (infrastructure projects) by this weekend.
Under the holistic vision towards bolstering the image of Agra as a truly tech-driven city, a number of noteworthy projects are being implemented across the length and breadth of city’s Area Based Development (ABD) region.
To address the challenge of cyber security, the Haryana Government has formed a dedicated department - Information Security Management Office (ISMO), which will help the state authorities in tackling, preventing and detecting various threats along with monitoring, risk-assessment and other security breaches.
Burgeoning populations coupled with slow and unorganized development in sewage infrastructure pose a major threat to the sanitation conditions of cities, subsequent river water quality and public health of the inhabitants. According to the report on the Composite Water Management Index by the NITI Aayog last year, about 600 million people face high-extreme water stress.
India’s first solar ferry boat, ADITYA has contended its two years (730 days) effective activity in Vaikom, Kerala. The sun-powered transport ferry is manufactured (under the ‘Make In India’ initiative) by NavAlt Solar and Electric Boats, that expects to make water transport progressively effective.
Smart Cities Council India (SCCI) in association with Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation (NSSCDC) is organising a Think Table meet on January 31, 2019, at Nagpur. Smart Cities Think Tables (SCTT) are a series of forum sessions organized by Smart Cities Council (SCC) in different cities of India where the biggest challenges facing the sector are detailed and discussed threadbare.
The rise of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has had strong implications for the zero liquid discharge (ZLD) systems market. To keep pace with the rate of digitalization in end-user industries, ZLD vendors have implemented the use of IoT-enabled wastewater monitoring and handling systems for improved efficiency, as well as Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology and smart meters for monitoring fouling issues in membranes.
Indore, a city in Madhya Pradesh has set an example for wannabe smart cities by clearing over 13 lakh tonne waste in just six months as compared to a mere 2 lakh tonne in the last two years. Under the previous model, the government had outsourced the task to private agencies, which were charging Rs 475 per cubic metre.
According National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), the start-ups in India witnessed a 108% growth in total funding from $2 billion in 2017 to $4.2 billion in 2018.
To enable professional customers to unlock the full potential of connected lighting for the Internet of Things (IoT), Signify (formerly known as Philips Lighting) launched its new IoT platform. This interactive IoT Platform—Interact—enables connected LED lighting systems and embedded sensor networks to deliver insights, benefits and new services to customers.
Although smart cities have been provided with some seed money from the Centre and the state, with some to be generated from their own budget, the financial requirement still remains huge as smart city plan has to benefit the entire city and not just limited to the area identified for development.
By connecting places, they facilitate the movement of goods and services and people, thereby ensuring a means of livelihood for those who would otherwise be cut off from the rest of the population. Typically, as bridges in difficult-to-reach locations are made of wood or steel, they tend to rot or corrode easily.
As the New Year takes off, Johan Paulsson, Chief Technology Officer, Axis Communications, has curated some security predictions of the surveillance industry for the year 2019. These are expected to be the focus points for the year.
Shimoga, also known as Shivamogga, is a large city and the district headquarters of Shivamogga district in the central part of Karnataka. Situated 569-meter above sea level and gateway to the hilly region of the Western Ghats, the city lies on the banks of Tunga River and is popularly nicknamed ‘Gateway of Malnad’.
Floods are devastating natural disasters worldwide – it is estimated that every year, 250 million people around the world are affected by floods, also costing billions of dollars in damages.
The need for Smart Cities becomes apparent from the development dilemma – the faster the nation’s development, the greater is the strain on its limited resources, including higher demand for energy that intensifies the impact on climate change issues.
Indian cities are expected to house 200 million people by 2030. Driven by soaring numbers, India is expected to account for a 25 per cent rise in global energy usage by 2040, leading to a higher carbon footprint.
Waste management is a serious concern globally, and Bengaluru is no exception. To mitigate the waste menace, and, the same put to good use, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has started generating electricity from waste.
Shirpur, one of the drought-prone areas in Maharashtra, has always witnessed insufficient water supply, depleting rainfalls and extreme summer heat. Yet dripping pipes, spilling water on the roads, washing vehicles with oodles of water was a common sight in the town.
Considering the fast growth of Surat and increasing demands and expectations of citizens from the city-government, Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) has envisaged a Smart City Plan to serve citizens in an effective manner.
According to a recent report published by Assocham and EY, Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to reach an estimated 2 billion connections in India, unlocking revenues of $11.1 billion by 2022.
By mid-2019, the Hubballi Dharwad Smart City will implement Command & Control Centre components and other IoT enabled smart ICT systems. The technology is provided by Japan-based NEC Corporation’s Indian arm, NEC Technologies.
India’s biggest cities are subjected to traffic congestion every day, and the commuters are bearing the burden. Transport demand in India has increased by almost eight times since the 1980s as rapid economic development and increasing wealth among households has led to higher vehicle ownership.
Smart Cities Council India (SCCI) in association with Pune Smart City Development Corporation organised a Think Table meet on December 6, 2018, at Pune. The meet focused on various standardisation initiatives to be adopted in the smart cities.
Puducherry is in the process of evolving from E-Governance to Digital Governance and building digital capacities. In line with the flagship Digital India programme of Government of India, the Government of Puducherry has introduced and implemented various digital schemes to provide better Government to Citizen (G2C) and Government to Business (G2B) services to the citizens.
A homegrown product development and technology company, iRAM Technologies has won three multi-million-dollar projects for developing ‘On and Off-Street Smart Parking Solutions’ for Bhubaneswar, Kanpur and Nasik smart cities.
India has completed around 33 per cent of the total 5,151 Smart City Mission projects or are currently under implementation, utilizing around 25 per cent of the envisaged investment. Around 2,342 projects worth Rs 909.29 billion have been tendered.
The illegal car parking situation in India requires a conscious effort towards improving the situation not only on part of the citizens but also from the enforcement bodies. This means at the very minimum, identifying and acknowledging the problem as a prevailing menace.
Every urban road in Bangalore and other cities of India is an example of the chaos of traffic, broken footpaths, hanging cables, clogged drains, overflowing sewage, and haphazard street lights, transformers, and telecom fixtures.
Construction is one of the most dynamic, responsive and unique sectors in the Indian economy. It contributes significantly to the country’s economic development by generating output, creating jobs and facilitating income generation.
The Smart Cities Council India, part of the global consortium of smart cities, is organising 6th ‘Smart City Summit - SM@RT Urbanation’ at Bengaluru from September 24-25, 2019 to commemorate three years of the initiation of Smart Cities Mission.
The 540 MW TAPP-3, a totally indigenous nuclear power unit, is the 16th nuclear power reactor in the country. It has been designed and built by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), a public sector after undertaking under the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).
Hexagon Capability Center India (HCCI), based in Hyderabad, is a subsidiary of Hexagon AB, a Sweden-based information technology (IT) company. The subsidiary's existing data center was showing its age and didn't have enough bandwidth to support demanding applications.
The Pune Smart City, in a bid to stay ahead of all cities has already chalked out plans for the New Year. The city, which has completed projects worth Rs 48 billion, will issue 40 tenders by January 30, 2019.
The city of Yokohama believes that its mission and role in history is to deliver its long standing expertise in sustainable development to Japan including the disaster stricken areas and the world.
National Informatics Centre (NIC) is the premier ICT organization of the Indian Government. It works closely with central & state government departments, agencies, and district administration to deliver e-governance services.
The Government of Maharashtra has launched an ambitious project—State of Maharashtra Agribusiness and Rural Transformation (SMART)—in 10,000 villages within the next three years with an aim to achieve sustainable farming.
The Chennai Police, which has installed around 1.5 lakh CCTV cameras around the city, has decided to use it efficiently with its recently-launched ‘CCTV Chennai City’ app. The app is linked to Google Maps, on which all the locations in the city where CCTV cameras have been fixed are pinned.
Finding a parking spot in a busy city has always been difficult for vehicle owners. To avoid traffic snarls at prime junctions and streamline parking spots, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) will introduce smart parking application soon.
Delhi, in a quest to become one of the smart cities in India, is making life easier for its daily commuters. In days to come, bus commuters in Delhi can track the exact location and expected time of arrival of bus they want to travel.
eBike is a fresh concept, answering the major yet untouched concerns of growing India. The social responsibility towards betterment of nation has prompted us to start eBike.
It’s a wake-up call for all municipal corporations. With plastic, considered to be a menace in across the nation, it is time to put [plastic] for good use. An estimated 15,000 tonnes of plastic waste is generated in India every day.
A sustainable smart city can use the power of IoT and Big Data to improve its services. Big Data has the potential to be the foundation of making a smart city.
India generates around 1,50,000 tonnes of solid waste per day. In fact, India is not the only country facing the problem of solid waste management.
A few years back, going to the school was mere a responsibility, and not a delight. However, things are changing drastically. With the advent of smart technologies in the education sector, classrooms are getting smarter and students are becoming intelligent.
In a quest to make the traffic violators more disciplined, the Bhopal Smart City is expanding its Integrated Traffic Management System (ITMS). Earlier, ITMS-based challans or fine receipts were generated through fixed cameras, however, now the government has authorized Traffic Police to use mobile cameras shots to penalize traffic violators.
Issues like black money and money laundering are common in many countries. Sierra Leone, an underdeveloped country to the West of Africa, has got a solution to this increasing problem. Sierra Leone, which has seen trade in illicit diamonds, is now using new technology to counter the problem.
Bhubaneswar Smart City, in its constant effort to implement smart projects, has now formed a mobility plan coordination committee. The city authority has setup a special purpose vehicle (SPV) that will create a roadmap for bringing low carbon emission transport modes in the city.
According to experts, the world is heading towards a catastrophic 2 degrees Celsius increase in temperature because of climate change and greenhouse gases. Fossil fuels are ever diminishing while global energy demand is expected to have increased by 50 percent in 2030. As the world’s population continues to grow, the production of waste will drastically increase.
The Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited or Maha Metro Nagpur has undertaken construction of one of the biggest infrastructure projects of Central India – the Rs 86.80 billion Metro Rail Project of Nagpur.
The Bhubaneswar Smart City Ltd (BSCL) is leaving no stone unturned to make their city the top smart city in India. In this process, the city [now] has started the process of installing registration number trackers and smart cameras to capture images of vehicles that are found to be flouting traffic rules.
Smart cities is the talk of the town. Video content analysis is the capability of automatically analyzing video to detect and determine temporal and spatial events. Video analytics are software applications that generate descriptions of what is happening in the video that can be used to track persons and other objects detected in the video stream.
Hyderabad, know for IT hub of India has taken one step forward to keep the city safe from criminals. Known for many firsts, now the city is working on police robot—Robocop— which make society feel safer, while also removing the danger associated with the job for human police officers.
The Supreme Court has stayed all construction activities in the states of Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh and the Union Territory of Chandigarh for not having a solid waste management (SWM) policy under the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016.
Besides tracking the exact location of vehicles or finding different routes, today’s GPS technology can be extensively used in waste management also. Many countries are using this technology to keep their cities clean and energy efficient.
When it comes to living in a populous region, every inch counts. And parking in such areas is a luxury. Rise in income and increase in the vehicular demand has lead to a shortage of parking spaces. Areas around metro and railway stations highly demand for parking space and it is going to be a major relief for the people in Hyderabad as the Integrated Smart Parking Management System (ISPMS) is expected to start within a week at the Habsiguda metro station in Hyderabad.
With an aim to boost the urban mobility services, the Capital Region Urban Transport is all set to roll out 200 new city buses with ultramodern IT technology from November 6, 2018. The transport body has finally got the area-based permit from the Commerce and Transport department, which issued the notification of providing permit to the buses.
The technological boom has made things easier for man. Jobs are accomplished with just a mere click or by swiping cards. However, these clicks and swipes come at a cost. Most of the data is either partly or completely stored outside India.
Ease of Moving Index 2018 report by Ola’s Mobility Institute states that nearly 80% of commuters believe that the first and last mile connectivity acts as a major catalyst in improving the public transport ridership.
In water quality index, India ranks 120th amongst 122 countries! This is mainly due to 70 per cent of the country’s water is contaminated. As per NITI Aayog’s report, in India, 600 people face high to extreme water stress.
India is said to be data rich in the coming years as nearly 250,000 villages are expected to be connected with Wi-Fi. Not only this, but, data will also create domestic and overseas services that will boost the country’s economy
In order to prepare for the City Transformation Office as a part of the Pimpri-Chinchwad Smart City initiative, the city improvement committee is planning on visiting another country.
With the advancement in technology and the availability of cheap imports, security solutions have not only become affordable but also easier to use.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently inaugurated the world’s tallest statue at 182-m (597 ft) located in Gujarat, India.
A private bank, launched a co-branded prepaid card for the citizens of Puduchchery Smart City in partnership with Puducherry Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC). The pre paid card is a RUPAY card. The programme aims to bolster Digital Payments ecosystem in Puduchchery and aid the Digital India initiatives of Government of India.
Data is everywhere. We have witnessed an outburst of data along with the advancement in technology. One would definitely sink deep into the storming whirlpool of data.
In order to solve any kind of challenges and to make better decisions, large and small cities are leveraging data and facts. It is no doubt that cities will benefit at large efficiently and effectively with the help of data.
Despite not being the first smart city in the world, one of Vienna’s suburb is now a living lab. The lab is powered by data from Teradata and partners like Siemens. As the city started coming up in 2014, Aspern’s underground connections for data infrastructure and analytics capabilities were integrated from the ground up. Including apartments, offices, business areas, research quarters and school campus, the total size of Aspern smart city is 2.2 million metre square.
The Smart Grid project has finally been started by the UT Electricity Department, Chandigarh; wherein its first phase, it will replace the old meters by installing 30,000 smart meters in four sectors (29, 31, 47 and 48), six villages (Faida, Ram Darbar, Hallo Majra, Raipur Kalan, Makhan Majra and Daria), and industrial area.
In a program organized by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and NITI Aayog, Pune has been selected as India’s first lighthouse city for urban mobility lab. The lab ensures to promote and support a replicable process for identifying, integrating, implementing and scaling innovative mobility solutions in the Indian cities.
In order to secure a 60-km stretch and riverine border with Bangladesh in Assam’s Dhubri district, the Home Ministry has arranged for sonar cameras, radars, aerostat and electro-optic underground sensors. Falling under the comprehensive integrated border management system, the project—which is on a pilot base—aims to [completely] replace physical security mechanism with a technical set up to enhance security.
The government—along with the Traffic Police—is having a hard time because of different States and union territories issuing their own driving license. As per the new data, it is believed that over 25 per cent of Indians hold more than one driving license (DL).
For the revival of water bodies, the government will be launching a competition among cities. The winning city will be awarded a higher ranking along with financial assistance, which will indirectly encourage more participation. The Urban Ministry will be drafting guidelines for the competition.
The Netherlands, one of the most advanced and developed countries of the world, will provide technical guidance to Karnal (a city in Haryana) in order to transform it into a smart city.
The Central Government’s 2011 National Transport Development Policy Committee (NTDPC) report states that parking is not a right but a privilege. A user must pay the full cost of the parking facility based on the land opportunity cost, capital cost, O&M costs and temporal demand. However, this is something that many car owners in India don’t understand.
Besides big cities claiming their successful start in the Smart Cities Mission, Chhattisgarh’s three cities- Raipur, Atal Nagar and Bilaspur- have showcased a remarkable progress in innovation planning initiatives and citizen-centric governance. By intelligent conceptualisations and meticulously working towards earning the smart city tag, each city has carved an identity for itself. Here is how these cities are redefining India.
A smart city must also be a safe city, with a good disaster response system. V Rishi Kumar reports With the implementation of the Smart Cities Mission moving forward in a phased manner and technology forming the backbone of smart cities’ architecture and governance, one of the major challenges identified for the future is cyber security.
In order to address air pollution at high traffic zones like traffic intersections and parking areas, the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a device.
Cooling is an important need across due to its considerable use in different sectors of the economy such as industries, residential and commercial buildings, transport etc.
With the launch of four heavy-duty communications satellites, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has promised to deliver internet speed of over 100 gigabits per second (Gbps) by the end of 2019 to every household and office in the country.
In a cramped up city like Mumbai, where even footpaths are occupied, finding a parking spot is a herculean task. However, the city is all geared up to witness a car parking revolution as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has initiated to develop a mobile app that will enable commuters to book a parking slot online.
India is a young country, with the highest youth population in the world. And in this rapidly ageing society, being economically productive and fixing the skill gaps is the need of the hour.
Adopting the city retrofitting approach, Imphal has been developed with the help of smart mobility, modern facilities and other smart features. Selected in the second round of the Smart Cities Challenge, the core vision statement for Imphal Smart City was ‘Urban Revitalisation and Regeneration’.
The Alambagh Bus Terminal land parcel in the heart of Lucknow City in Uttar Pradesh, India was selected to be redeveloped to increase capacity of the bus stand and add commercial facilities.
Considering 100 smart cities, the Government of India is expecting a total investment of Rs 2 trillion over a period of five years. Out of which, Rs 1 trillion will be aided by the Central Government and balance will come through the State Government and conversions, through synergy of various programmes and PPP.
The Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority has mapped nearly 4,500 of the 16,000 projects registered with it under the Geographical Information System (GIS), enabling citizens find minute details of homes of their choice just by selecting the option “view on map” on its website.
As urban areas are getting more crowded and falling increasingly short on future development potential, development of new self-sustaining cities are emerging as an alternate solution to these problems. Technology is at the heart of these new self-sustaining cities enabling automation and real-time integrated city monitoring and management through a network of sensors, cameras, wireless devices and data centers.
Water scarcity is undoubtedly one of the key issues facing the world today. Research published last year in Science Advances concluded that four billion people worldwide (two-thirds of the global population) are affected by severe water scarcity for at least one month of the year. What does this mean? Nearly a billion people currently have no access to clean, safe drinking water.
Technology is disrupting different industries across the world, and real estate cannot be far behind. Already, real estate consultants have moved beyond the traditional ways of prospecting, with the Internet opening up the market in unprecedented ways and taking a lot of the footwork out of finding property options.
Singapore's 'One Nation' Initiative and its position as a city-state makes it unique in its ability to execute its smart city vision. Its transformation, over the remarkably short time after its split from Malaysia, to the world's leading smart city, provides an example from which other cities can learn.
For the first time in India, the construction of the D-wall for an underground metro station was accomplished by the overcut method using a hydromill, conventionally used for irrigation projects.
In 2013, floods and landslides devastated the northern state of Uttarakhand. The build-up of sediment in rivers, caused by hydroelectric plants, worsened the flooding. In 2014, floods ran amok through Kashmir, attributed to encroachments that diminished the holding capacity of lakes and water bodies. Poor planning has led to similar crises in the cities of Mumbai and Chennai as well. And now, in 2018, it’s the turn of God’s own country: Kerala.
By setting up state-of-the-art Sewage Treatment Plants (STP) to make sure that every drop of waste water is treated and reused for purposes other than drinking, Surat is truly setting up an example on water management for every city and nation.
LiDAR solutions is on its way to revolutionise Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS). LiDAR, a technology that uses beams of laser light to detect objects and measure distances, has played a pivotal role in the development of self-driving vehicles.
Jaipur has bagged the third position in the list of the world’s top 10 Smart Renewable Cities (SRCs), with Bengaluru being ranked sixth. While America’s San Diego topped the list, Paris was ranked at the bottom.
In order to set up the International Centre for Transformative Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI) model for developing and deploying AI-led application-based research projects, NITI Aayog, Intel and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) has announced a collaboration to conduct advanced research and incubate AI-led solutions in healthcare, agriculture and smart mobility segments.
Andhra Pradesh has deployed world’s largest lithium-ion Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) solution. The UPS system was deployed by Consul Neowatt. According to the company, these UPS systems provide a battery backup when the electrical power fails or drops.
CV Jawahar, a computer vision scientist along with his team at IIIT- Hyderabad, readied the world’s first public dataset of Indian driving conditions. This dataset not only aims to help the computer vision researchers from across the world to train their algorithms on Indian driving conditions but also lends road safety solutions.
In India, getting official documents is definitely not an easy process. Not only it involves a lot of paperwork but one needs to manage to cross the prolonged level of hierarchies that consists of bureaucracy, different identification processes, etc.
At the Bengaluru airport, soon your face will be your boarding pass. The airport is set to become the first airport in India to have an end-to-end solution for paperless air travel. The Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), operators of the Bengaluru (BLR Airport) and Vision-Box have signed an agreement to launch paperless biometric self-boarding technology, said a statement issued by BIAL.
Scrapped e-waste, which often lands next to river beds in India polluting both the land and water bodies, can be used as a raw material to create daily use products. All thanks to Indian-origin professor Veena Sahajwalla! She is developing world’s first e-waste factory that converts trash to valuables.
A systematic approach to deal effectively with the solid wastes is lacking in most of the Indian cities. According to data presented by the government, about 24 per cent of the solid waste generated in the country was being processed as on January 31. Out of over 1.43 lakh tonnes per day (tpd) of solid waste generated, only about 33,800 tpd (or 23.73 per cent) was being processed as on the last day of January, the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry data showed.
It has been an uphill climb for Kerala after the floods that ravaged the state, killed hundreds and left scores homeless. The state has slowly started returning to normal life, with the Cochin International Airport also resuming operations. But there is still a long way to go.
On the morning of January 31, 1953, the North Sea brew up a storm which would severely affect the Netherlands, Belgium, England and Scotland. The prediction for the Netherlands looked worst. The Netherlands, literally means “lower countries” referring to its low land and flat geography, and with about 50 per cent of its land exceeding one meter (m) above sea level, the Netherland’s estuaries and tributaries would fill to submerge the land beside it.
Welcome to the future of shopping – enter, choose, leave. In a world where cash registers and checkout lines become superfluous – this is what India’s first automated supermarket, Watasale, a tech-driven startup in Kochi is promising.
Now, travel in a “SMART” coach! (these coaches will have diagnostics & info system) Indian Railways has just got its first “SMART” coach! The SMART coach has several new features that will go a long way in enhancing the safety of train journeys and enhancing passenger comfort.
Visitors to VOC Park can now enjoy WiFi connectivity free of cost, thanks to the presence of a “golden tree” or “smart tree”. The initiative by the Coimbatore Corporation, at a total cost of Rs 30 lakh under the Smart Cities programme, is under public-private partnership mode.
Door-to-door garbage collection in India’s cities is not only a slow and inefficient way to collect waste, but workers often complain of contemptuous treatment, and exposure to dangerous infections due to handling trash.
The rising tourist footfall in Ladakh has brought a serious waste management issue in the region. Meanwhile, the tourist flow has gone up exponentially from 1.8 lakh in 2011 to 3 lakh, recently. However, at the end of the peak season of July-August, the tourist footfall this year touched 2.8 lakh, bringing in approximately 15-16 tonne of trash per day.
India’s drone policy: Here is all you need to know After a couple of years of deliberation and ending a long period of ambiguity and confusion, the Director General of Civil Aviation has finally announced its policy for remotely piloted aircraft or drones.
The continuing march of technology in the modern age has impacted the construction industry in many more ways than meets the eye. For an industry that hasn’t seen significant technological change over the past couple of decades, the arrival of ‘Constructible BIM’ is no less than a revolution.
As a part of smart city initiative, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) is implementing ‘smart signaling’ system across the city. Among the smart signaling initiatives, Red Light Violation Detection (RLVD) system tops the list as part which cameras are being installed at 10 strategic locations in the city, covering some of the busiest traffic junctions, mostly those on the national highway.
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has always been a forward-thinking civic body. PMC wants to enrich the life of each citizens by enhancing quality of service delivery. PMC realised that addressing grievances is not enough for providing responsive governance.
Lucknow, a city that has urbanized rapidly in recent years, has resulted in several traffic problems in and around the city, such as traffic jams, increase in the number of road accidents, etc. The present Traffic Signal System is based on the static feed on time without considering actual available traffic at junctions across the Lucknow city.
The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has decided to go cashless by 1 September – all transactions will now be digital. This move falls in line with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India initiative implemented through the Smart City Mission.
Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, has a density of more than 5,000 persons per kilometer. It faces severe congestion: its topography is characterised by steep gradients and irregular road alignments, resulting in narrow carriageways. This limits conventional public transport services to only 2 per cent of modal share.
Despite improvements in the road situation, Singapore needed more sophisticated traffic management measures by the turn of the 21st century to deal with a rising vehicle population and a larger and more complex road system. Existing initiatives remained manpower-intensive and inefficient—the Area Licensing Scheme (ALS) needed constant monitoring and strict enforcement to prevent motorists from entering the city centre multiple times with one ALS pass.
Urban settlements in India have experienced rapid population growth: the percentage of India’s population living in urban areas more than doubled from 14 per cent at the time of independence to 31.8 per cent in 20111. By 2051, India is expected to be considered an urban nation, with more than 50 per cent of the population living in urban areas.
In India, cities are privy to unplanned and uncoordinated development, which has led to traffic congestion, inadequate sanitation and depleting water resources. However, a few cities in India are redrawing its master plans to make it more citizen centric. Coimbatore and Gurugram are a few of them!
Securing land for development through land acquisition is often a protracted and expensive process in India and the world over. Andhra Pradesh’s model of land pooling for its new capital Amaravati offers a compelling alternative. In 2014, the Andhra Pradesh was separated into two. One State continued to be called Andhra Pradesh, while the other was named Telangana.
Introducing new technology systems is only step one and using them to maximum effect is another thing entirely. It is no surprise that smart city technologies did not bring about transformative change on a large scale in their first decade of implementation.
Companies in multiple industries are already beginning to alter their existing product and service lines to suit changing urban markets – from utilities that are rolling out smart meters and introducing dynamic pricing schemes to real estate developers that are integrating automation systems, sensors, and mobility options into their properties.
A smart city is not automatically an equitable city unless its leaders take care to make it so. Some critics assert that the entire push to make cities smart is mainly about making life more convenient for the affluent.
Most cities have limited financial resources, personnel, and expertise at their disposal, but city government does not have to be the sole funder and operator of every type of service and infrastructure system.
Smart cities run on data. Before a city can deploy applications, it has to be able to generate, capture, and analyze enormous volumes of data in complex infrastructure systems and settings that are often teeming with millions of people. The technology base consists of three elements, all of which support the applications of today as well as those to be added in the future.
The development of new digital channels for the public to communicate with local officials could make cities more responsive to the concerns of their residents and change the nature of civic participation. Most city governments, long ago, established websites to make residents aware of the services available to them and to post information and even extensive open data sets.
Waste causes a literal mountain of problems for many cities. With little local landfill space left, cities such as New York pay to ship their garbage elsewhere. But costs are mounting and other sites are becoming reluctant to serve as dumping grounds.
Data and digital tools can be harnessed to address some of the fundamental public health challenges facing the developing world. The level of mortality and morbidity caused by infectious and parasitic disease in a country like Nigeria is six
Most dense cities in advanced economies have subway or light rail systems built decades ago. Many have become overburdened over time—and adding new lines or additional cars is an expensive proposition