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Smart city slot for Shillong kept on hold due to Meghalaya elections: Puri


The slot for the 10th smart city, Shillong, which was selected in the fourth smart cities round, has been kept on hold as the city is yet to submit its proposal.The Centre had announced the final list of nine smart cities in January this year and had kept the slot for the tenth city, Shillong, vacant as it could not submit its proposal on time. The proposal is yet to be submitted.

DigiThane app to help Thaneites connect with the govt


The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has recently launched the ambitious DigiThane application, an interactive digital citizen platform, to connect residents with civic services like tax payments, civic project alerts, in addition to getting discounts at affiliated shops, restaurants, and certain housing projects across the town.

Monitoring agri trends using space tech (a new startup makes it possible)


In 2014, the National Crime Records Bureau of India (NCRB) reported 5,650 farmer suicides. The reasons are: inadequate monsoon, indebtedness, bankruptcy, and falling prices and falling income along with personal reasons. A new analytics startup, SatSure, seeks to bridge the gap by using space technology to help farmers increase their incomes.

Demystifying the current state of India's ambitious Smart City Mission


The conversion of a large, crowded and unplanned city in India to a Smart City is currently an impossible scenario to imagine. Taking a smaller town, not overrun by people, vehicles and multiple layers of red tape or ‘babudom’, and converting it into an ideal, intelligent, self-sufficient and secure ecosystem is still workable.

We Believe that Smart City Technology has the Power to Transform India: Pratap Padode, Founder & Executive Director, Smart Cities Council India


When defining “smart water for smart cities” we must first explain why such an intervention is necessary. Smart Water systems are needed in order to make an effective use of water resources, and provide an efficient water infrastructure to a country that experiences droughts and shortages of water every year. For example, using intelligent water systems, technology is used to make an effective use of water resources by increasing the number of pathways for water circulation

See how Maharashtra is planning to reduce its energy bill by 50%


Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) has signed an MoU with the Urban Development Department (UDD), Government of Maharashtra for replacing all conventional streetlights across Maharashtra with LED lamps. The MoU signing was held in presence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Precision irrigation for improving crop water management (Telangana varsity to make it possible)


Farmers have always faced a variety of challenges – be it uncertainty of weather, the risk of environmental degradation, or others. Releasing the right amount of water required for the proper growth of crops is also one of the major challenges faced. To overcome this challenge, a Telangana-based university is working on developing sensors to achieve precision in releasing the right amount of water required.

Garbage dumping problem: A landfill management policy on the anvil


Overflowing garbage from the bins dumped are quite a common sight in India. In fact, India is fast becoming the largest dump in the world. According to the reports, the waste generation from Indian cities has increased by 50 per cent in the past decade and continues to grow alarmingly.