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Smart Cities Council announces Finalists for the first Readiness Cohorts for 2021

Thu, 2020-11-19 00:32 -- Shawn Gants
11/18/2020

The Smart Cities Council is proud to announce the finalists for Readiness Cohort Leaders for the First Quarter of 2021. From Brisbane, Australia to Moscow, Russia to eight cities in North America - they represent the best of cities seeking to improve their city's livability, workability and sustainability - and also helping your city in the process.

With a focus on the theme 'cities helping cities,' Readiness Cohort Leaders will advance our collective cause, one city at a time.

Join the world's largest network of smart city practitioners and advance your city's livability, workability and sustainability.

Early Diwali gift for Telangana! (Amazon to invest Rs 21k cr to develop data centers)

Wed, 2020-11-11 12:59 -- SCC India Staff
11/10/2020

Telangana received an early Diwali gift over the weekend as they received the highest Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) ever witnessed in the State’s history. This move was made by Amazon Web Services Inc (AWS), an Amazon.com company, which decided to invest close to Rs 20,761 crore to develop multiple data centers in Hyderabad.

Hyderabad’s new recycling plant to process up to 500 tonnes of C&D waste per day

Wed, 2020-11-11 12:21 -- SCC India Staff
11/10/2020

Ramky Enviro Engineers and the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) announced the launch of a new construction and demolition (C&D) waste recycling plant in Jeedimetla, Hyderabad. The Jeedimetla plant is another step in the company’s efforts to help address the low C&D waste recycling rate of the country.

India to spend $500 bn each year on infrastructure: Mace report

Wed, 2020-11-11 12:14 -- SCC India Staff
11/10/2020

India is likely to spend $500 billion (approx Rs 37 lakh crore) per year on infrastructure projects to accommodate India’s rapidly growing population by 2030, according to a report titled ‘A Blueprint for Modern Infrastructure Delivery’ by construction and consultancy Mace.

Cabinet approves investment proposal for 210 MW Luhri Stage-I hydro electric project in Shimla

Fri, 2020-11-06 17:50 -- SCC India Staff
11/06/2020

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the investment of Rs 1,810.56 crore for 210 MW Luhri Stage-I Hydro Electric Project located on river Satluj in Shimla and Kullu districts of the Himalayan State of Himachal Pradesh. This project will generate 758.20 million units of electricity annually.

Now, select cities to be assessed for “culture of data”

Fri, 2020-11-06 16:35 -- SCC India Staff
11/06/2020

A new initiative called “Nurturing Neighbouring Challenge”, launched recently aims to generate data banks in smart cities to improve city planning. The initiative will ensure the development of public places in smart cities, along with the generation of data banks for better planning.

Tender floated for setting up sewage treatment plants in Rae Bareilly

Fri, 2020-10-30 15:14 -- SCC India Staff
10/30/2020

The Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam has floated tender for construction of sewage treatment plants in Rae Bareilly of Uttar Pradesh. The scope of work involves design, build, finance, operate and transfer sewage treatment plants of capacities as set out below along with associate infrastructure with operation and maintenance period of 15 years through hybrid annuity based PPP model under Namami Ganga program.

Rs 1,295 cr mega drinking water project in Madurai gets ADB nod

Fri, 2020-10-30 14:56 -- SCC India Staff
10/30/2020

Madurai Corporation has obtained clearance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the funding agency for the ‘package-4’ of the mega drinking water project proposed at an estimated cost of Rs 1,295 crore to get additional 125 MLD of drinking water to meet the future needs of the city. After getting the approval, the corporation also got technical sanction from a State-level committee for the project.

National Mission for Clean Ganga, TERI sign MoU for management of water & wastewater

Fri, 2020-10-30 14:50 -- SCC India Staff
10/30/2020

Institute (TERI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for management of water and wastewater. The MoU was signed by DP Mathuria, Executive Director – Technical, National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), Ministry of Jal Shakti and Sanjay Seth, Senior Director, Sustainable Habitat Programme, TERI in the presence of Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, Director General, NMCG and other senior officials from NMCG and TERI.

Jalandhar to usher new era of infra development (kickstarts projects worth Rs 149 cr)

Fri, 2020-10-23 14:44 -- SCC India Staff
10/23/2020

Fulfilling its commitment to usher new era of infrastructure development in rural areas across district under smart village campaign phase-II, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu kick-started 3,201 development projects worth Rs 149.21 crore in Jalandhar’s 102 villages.

Madurai saves Rs 22 lakh a month with LED streetlights (other cities can take a cue)

Fri, 2020-10-23 14:39 -- SCC India Staff
10/23/2020

The Madurai Corporation has been saving big on electricity every month, thanks to the conversion of street lights in 72 of the 100 wards in the city under the smart city scheme. Corporation officials say that not less than Rs 22 lakh is being saved on electricity charges paid towards street lights.

Soon Centre to announce guidelines for cycling infrastructure in India

Fri, 2020-10-23 14:33 -- SCC India Staff
10/23/2020

The Central Government is drafting guidelines to scale up cycling infrastructure in the country, including interventions such as segregated lanes, shared streets, and intersections. The guidelines were shared with cities as the part of the Smart City Mission of the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

Odisha given Rs 885 crore under AMRUT scheme

Fri, 2020-10-23 14:27 -- SCC India Staff
10/23/2020

The Centre has provided an assistance of Rs 885.58 crore to Odisha under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme during 2015-2020. Of the 191 projects sanctioned under the scheme, 152 have so far been completed while remaining 39 projects are in different stages of construction.

Greenfield township on the anvil in Nashik smart city

Fri, 2020-10-23 14:13 -- SCC India Staff
10/23/2020

The Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation (NMSCDCL) has invited suggestions and objections about the draft of the proposed Greenfiled township project. The township is to be developed on 753 acre in Makhmalabad areas of the city. The draft of the township has been published by the NMSCDCL and the last date for submitting suggestions and objections about the draft of the township project is November 6.

Rajasthan’s Bharatpur likely to become a Smart City

Fri, 2020-10-16 17:36 -- SCC India Staff
10/16/2020

Bharatpur is likely to become a Smart City in the coming years as the plan to include the city in the Narendra Modi government’s Smart City Mission has intensified. Recently, the Urban Development Department has sent a proposal to the Union Ministry of Urban Development to include Bharatpur in the Smart City Scheme.

Fight against COVID-19: Nokia launches analytics-based thermal detection solution

Fri, 2020-10-16 17:01 -- SCC India Staff
10/16/2020

Nokia announced an automated, zero-touch elevated temperature detection solution designed to help spot potential COVID-19 infections in facilities with thousands of people. The Nokia Automated Analytics Solution for Access Control streamlines and fully automates the process of identifying people with elevated temperatures and confirms mask compliance, in large environments with multiple accesses.

Smart ration card scheme to offer subsidized foodgrains to Punjab’s 1.41 cr beneficiaries

Fri, 2020-10-09 15:05 -- SCC India Staff
10/09/2020

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh rolled out a “smart ration card” scheme for providing subsidized foodgrains to 1.41 crore beneficiaries in the State. He also announced a separate state-funded scheme to provide subsidized rations to nine lakh beneficiaries not covered under the National Food Security Act (NFSA).

Swiss-based company to build & operate Noida International Airport at Jewar for 40 years

Fri, 2020-10-09 15:01 -- SCC India Staff
10/09/2020

The Noida International Airport and Zurich Airport International AG on October 7, 2020, signed a concession agreement that would allow the Switzerland headquartered company to build and operate the Noida International Airport at Jewar for 40 years.

This Hyderabad-based university sets up Smart City Research Center to showcase new ideas

Fri, 2020-10-09 14:53 -- SCC India Staff
10/09/2020

The International Institute of Information Technology in Hyderabad (IIIT-H) has set up the Smart City Research Center (SCRC) with support from the Indian Government’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY), Smart City Mission and the Government of Telangana.

Over 33k Mumbai households positively impacted by plastic waste material-recovery model

Thu, 2020-10-01 14:57 -- SCC India Staff
10/01/2020

In response to the urgent need for plastic waste management, Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) positively impacted more than 33,000 households across three wards of Mumbai—K-East (Andheri East), H-West (Bandra West) and R-North (Dahisar)—through a plastic waste material-recovery model.

In a push to e-mobility, UP identifies 8 cities for e-charging facilities

Thu, 2020-10-01 14:51 -- SCC India Staff
10/01/2020

Eight cities in Uttar Pradesh have been identified for installation of e-charging facility for two, three and four-wheelers. According to a recent proposal, the e-charging facilities under the smart city projects will be simultaneously launched in Lucknow, Varanasi, Prayagraj, Kanpur, Aligarh, Saharanpur, Bareilly and Jhansi.

Now, Noida launches integrated control room for better waste management

Thu, 2020-10-01 14:44 -- SCC India Staff
10/01/2020

The Noida Authority launched an integrated control room for the better management of solid waste in the city. The objective of the ‘Integrated Control and Command Centre’ is to monitor the waste collection, transportation, and remediation of the waste at Sector 145 plant located off the Noida-Greater Noida expressway.

Patna chalks out masterplan to improve ranking in next Swachh Survekshan survey

Thu, 2020-10-01 14:03 -- SCC India Staff
10/01/2020

The Patna Municipal Corporation has come out with a plan to improve its ranking in the next Swachh Survekshan survey, which is conducted annually by the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs (MoUHA) under the Swachh Bharat Mission.

Uttarakhand to generate power from sugarcane waste! (other sugarcane producing States can take a cue)

Fri, 2020-09-25 14:34 -- SCC India Staff
09/25/2020

Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam (UJVNL) is planning to set up two first-of-its-kind power general plants in Bazpur and Nadahi of combined capacity of 32 MW at two state-owned sugar mills where electricity will be generated from the cane waste for the consumption by the mills located in the Udham Singh Nagar district.

New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad & Bengaluru drop in Global Smart City Index

Fri, 2020-09-18 15:32 -- SCC India Staff
09/18/2020

The Institute for Management Development, in collaboration with Singapore University for Technology and Design, has released the 2020 Smart City Index, with key findings on how technology is playing a role in the COVID-19 era. Four Indian cities—New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru—witnessed a drop in their rankings in the global listing of smart cities. Singapore topped the list.

Build your own ecosystem for innovation and prosperity

Wed, 2020-09-16 02:51 -- Philip Bane
09/15/2020

Did you know that
*Less than one percent of companies ever receive venture capital funding with most failing
*94% of the companies on the Inc. 500 never raised venture funding.
*Only 10% of venture-backed companies had a female founder;
*Only 1% had an African American founder.
Discover how inclusive entrepreneurialism changes this -

Mumbai Mithi river clean-up project: MMRDA ties up with environmental organization

Fri, 2020-09-11 15:34 -- SCC India Staff
09/11/2020

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) signed an agreement with an environmental organisation for the Mithi river clean-up project. Officials said that MMRDA had received a proposal from the Marine Debris Partnership, which includes four organisations that will work towards collecting floating matter from the river and recycling it.

CSE study reveals India recycles only 1% of construction waste

Fri, 2020-09-11 15:20 -- SCC India Staff
09/11/2020

India's official recycling capacity of construction and demolition (C&D) waste is a meagre 6,500 tonne per day (TPD) – just around 1 per cent, according to a new analysis by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). The country’s total C&D waste is estimated to be 150 million tonne, according to the Building Material Promotion Council (BMPTC), India.

The Many Different Global Flavors of Open Data Initiatives at Smart Cities Week Global 2020

Tue, 2020-09-08 20:21 -- Philip Bane
09/07/2020

Join global data experts at Smart Cities Week Global 2020, exploring how cities around the world are implementing open data initiatives. From China to Mexico, many cities are sharing data with the public to improve transparency and invite collaboration. The goal is to do a deep dive into what makes open data initiatives work and how other cities can improve their own implementations. Click through to learn more.

Learn from CDO Carlos Rivero at Smart Cities Week Global how Virginia used a data trust to fight COVID 19

Tue, 2020-09-08 17:20 -- Philip Bane
09/08/2020

Call to action from Commonwealth of Virginia, led by CDO Rivero

The Commonwealth of Virginia, led by its Chief Data Officer Carlos Rivero seeks to help your city address the many barriers to data sharing and review how Virginia was able to stand-up a COVID-19 dashboard in one(1) week sharing data between both state and private entities. This session, led by CDO Rivero and moderated by Dan Wu, both data experts is titled “Data sharing: civic data trusts’

Click through to the main article and sign up for Smart Cities Week Global 2020. Also consider joining a Readiness Cohort about Data Sharing where you work with other cities in resolving common problems. Join by applying to participate in the 2020 Global Readiness Challenge.

Now, Bihar Sharif to get integrated command centre!

Fri, 2020-09-04 13:47 -- SCC India Staff
09/04/2020

An Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) will be set up on the premises of Bihar Sharif Town police station to monitor a host of services and activities in the town. The decision was taken at the review meeting of Biharsharif Smart City Limited (BSCL) chaired by Patna divisional commissioner Sanjay Kumar Agarwal.

This small city from Andhra Pradesh bags Swachh Survekshan award for sanitation management

Fri, 2020-09-04 13:41 -- SCC India Staff
09/04/2020

Chirala municipality has bagged Swachh Survekshan 2020 award instituted by the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) under sanitation management category. The other towns and cities from Andhra Pradesh that won the awards are Vijayawada (Krishna), Tirupati and Palamaner (Chittoor), and Atmakur and Mummidivaram (East Godavari).

Electronic display boards in Tiruppur to screen air quality data

Fri, 2020-09-04 13:35 -- SCC India Staff
09/04/2020

Tiruppur Smart City managed by the Tiruppur City Municipal Corporation has invited expression of interest (EOI), to install 34 electronic display boards with air quality monitoring systems, against advertisement rights on design, build, operate and transfer (DBOT) basis. This is a part of smart city project.

Intelligent Transport System to provide live status of bus movements in Chandigarh

Fri, 2020-09-04 13:22 -- SCC India Staff
09/04/2020

With the trial run over, the Intelligent Transport System that will provide live status of bus movement besides their arrival and departure timings on commuters’ phones as well as display boards at bus shelters is ready to be operationalized in Chandigarh.

Join Nashville's March to Mitigate Urban Flooding Impact on Vulnerable Populations

Tue, 2020-09-01 21:45 -- Philip Bane
08/31/2020

Join Nashville, TN in mitigating the effect of urban flooding on vulnerable populations. Working with the Smart Cities Council, Nashville will review all the latest science and determine how data can be used to make its vulnerable communities resilient.

Thiruvananthapuram goes green! (launches e-autorickshaws)

Fri, 2020-08-28 13:58 -- SCC India Staff
08/28/2020

Electric auto rickshaws (e-autos) have been rolled out in the capital city by the city corporation as part of Smart city Thiruvananthapuram Limited for promoting electric mobility. Industries Minister E P Jayarajan flagged off 15 e-autos, which were manufactured in the public sector company, Kerala Automobiles (KAL).

Mumbai to re-invite tenders for construction of two sewer tunnels between Borivali & Goregaon

Fri, 2020-08-28 13:13 -- SCC India Staff
08/28/2020

In the backdrop of the Central government’s curbs on bidders of countries that share a land border with India, on the grounds of national security, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) may have to scrap and re-invite tenders for construction of two 10-km underground sewer water tunnels (SWT) between Borivali and Goregaon.

Greater Noida’s master plan for 2041!

Fri, 2020-08-28 13:07 -- SCC India Staff
08/28/2020

Having got the approval from the board, the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) is gearing up to prepare its master plan for 2041. Boosting industrial activity and strengthening urban services are some of the key points that will be taken up in the new plan, officials said. The last master plan, notified in March 2013, remains effective till March next year.

Combating air pollution! South Delhi to introduce dust-control measures & augment waste-processing facilities

Fri, 2020-08-28 12:58 -- SCC India Staff
08/28/2020

Dust is a major contributor to air pollution in Delhi. The Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution (Control and Prevention) Authority (EPCA) had been asking the civic bodies to take measures to check road dust.

Cities helping cities - No barriers to becoming a smart city

Thu, 2020-08-20 19:27 -- Philip Bane
08/19/2020

Qualify to become a Readiness Cohort Leader through the Readiness Challenge process and your leadership will be recognized on a global stage with assistance and benefits with a value of over $250,000 - all directed at solving a problem you share with other cities. You will also be showcased monthly through the Council's global digital platform, including editorial, case study development and a video interview series to share with others. Help your city, other cities and accelerate your project planning.

Bio-tech to treat sewage water! (India, EU join hands)

Fri, 2020-08-14 16:05 -- SCC India Staff
08/14/2020

The Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University) will play an important role in developing a biotechnology-based water treatment system for the purification of sewage water flowing into the rivers Ganga and Godavari under a joint project funded by India and the European Union.

Now, Leh & Kargil to be developed as smart cities

Fri, 2020-08-14 15:59 -- SCC India Staff
08/14/2020

The Centre will develop Leh and Kargil as smart cities in the newly-formed union territory of Ladakh. Working on a home ministry proposal to improve infrastructure and generate job opportunities in Ladakh, the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry has formed a five-member team under Smart Cities director Rahul Kapoor to guide the union territory in formulating detailed projects reports for both the cities.

Connecting citizens with caregivers through the power of data

Tue, 2020-08-11 16:29 -- SCC India Staff
08/11/2020

Citizens are demanding more-personalized and accessible healthcare. From detecting early warning signs of ill health in individual patients to the way public areas are monitored to ensure safety and sanitation, there are many ways government administrations can improve public health in their city.

Managing bio-medical waste! (Punjab uses bar code system to track waste)

Fri, 2020-08-07 15:12 -- SCC India Staff
08/07/2020

To ensure the scientific management of bio-medical waste (BMW), a bar code system is being used in all government and private hospitals across Punjab. The state's Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu said that considering BMW as the most hazardous and infectious, bar code system has been implemented thoroughly.

Construction of sewerage network system up for grabs in Silvassa Smart City

Fri, 2020-08-07 14:57 -- SCC India Staff
08/07/2020

Silvassa Smart City has floated tender for implementation of 24x7 water supply system. The scope of work involves implementation of 24x7 water supply system including rehabilitation of WTPs of capacity four MLD, 15 MLD and electromechanical works for pumping machinery.

NEC, Urban Mass Transit tie-up to offer one-stop solution for State road transport corporations

Fri, 2020-07-31 14:14 -- SCC India Staff
07/31/2020

NEC Technologies India (NEC India) and Urban Mass Transit Company (UMTC) has entered into an agreement to jointly develop and deliver intelligent mobility solutions in rural and urban India. NEC Technologies is a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, while UMTC is a joint venture of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India.

IRB Infrastructure wins bid for Rs 21.93 bn BOT project under Bharatmala in West Bengal

Fri, 2020-07-31 14:08 -- SCC India Staff
07/31/2020

IRB Infrastructure Developers (IRB), among India’s leading and the largest highways infrastructure developers, is now set to enter the Eastern territory of India. The company has emerged as a preferred bidder for BOT project of six-laning of the national corridor NH-19 from Dankuni to Palsit stretch of 63.83 km in West Bengal, with a project cost of Rs 21.93 billion.

Smart city entails end-to-end connectivity with robust security system in place (Leaptor offers products to meet the aforesaid objectives)

Fri, 2020-07-31 14:02 -- SCC India Staff
07/31/2020

Urbanisation is now becoming the most happening global phenomenon. According to the United Nations report, about 68 per cent of the world's population will reside in urban areas by 2050. More and more people will be migrating to the metro region, putting more pressure on urban planning. Policymakers will need to optimise the management of their communities to create sustainable economic stability.

Rajkot adds another feather to its cap (becomes 1st city to get IGBC certification)

Fri, 2020-07-31 13:41 -- SCC India Staff
07/31/2020

After bagging the prestigious title of ‘National Capital of India 2019-20’ by winning the global climate challenge last month, Rajkot has added another feather to its cap by becoming the first city to get the crucial Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) certification for the Raiya Smart City.

Tamil Nadu’s Vellore Smart City issues tender for 1.2 MW of ground-mounded solar projects

Sat, 2020-07-25 13:29 -- SCC India Staff
07/25/2020

Tamil Nadu’s Vellore Smart City (VSCL) has issued a tender for a 1.2 MW of ground-mounded solar power project. The project will be installed at the sewage treatment plant area near the Palar river in Vellore City Municipal Corporation.

Now, e-challans for violating traffic rules in Gurugram

Sat, 2020-07-25 11:48 -- SCC India Staff
07/24/2020

As per the data from safer roads for Gurugram, there were 1,149 accidents reported in 2019 of which 48 per cent were caused by speeding. Speeding, jumping a traffic signal, drunk driving are a few of the traffic violations that contribute to the rising number of accidents on city roads.

Chandigarh’s unique idea to tackle air pollution (Dec onwards residents can hire e-bikes to travel across the city)

Sat, 2020-07-25 11:38 -- SCC India Staff
07/24/2020

Come December, residents of Chandigarh will be able to rent e-bikes from around 60 cycle docks across the city, in addition to the ordinary cycles. The initial plan of the public bicycle sharing system comprised only ordinary cycles.

Alfaa UV’s Stero 360 UV sanitizer sees rise in demand amid COVID 19 pandemic

Fri, 2020-07-17 17:51 -- SCC India Staff
07/17/2020

STERO 360 is conveniently portable from one room to another, due to its suitable dimensions. Surface disinfection happens without directly touching any object, thus ensuring the least chances of the machine being contaminated in any way.

Soon, Indorites can pay all civic service-related payments via smart mobility card

Fri, 2020-07-17 16:46 -- SCC India Staff
07/17/2020

To facilitate the introduction of Centre’s ‘One Nation One Card’ scheme, the Indore Smart City Development (ISCDL) would soon launch smart mobility cards in the city. The ‘One Nation One Card’ scheme enables people to pay multiple types of transport charges and retail purchase across the country.

Using smart tech for public security (372 “smart” cameras to keep an eye on traffic, criminals in Karnal)

Fri, 2020-07-17 16:40 -- SCC India Staff
07/17/2020

Motorists often try to sneak past traffic junctions without a helmet or by jumping signals whenever a policeman is not around. Now, few will be able to take such chances in Karnal. As many as 472 smart surveillance cameras will be installed in Karnal under the smart city project to monitor traffic movement and keep tabs on criminal activities.

Now Indore’s bulk waste generators to be geo-tagged

Fri, 2020-07-17 16:24 -- SCC India Staff
07/17/2020

All bulk waste generators across Indore will soon be geo-tagged by the Indore civic body for real-time monitoring and data collection of waste collected from them. The number of bulk waste generators in the city is also set to increase following changes in criteria for bulk waste generators for Swachh Survekshan 2021.

GIS-based master plans for 56 new ULBs in Telangana

Fri, 2020-07-10 14:19 -- SCC India Staff
07/10/2020

As part of its efforts to ensure planned growth and infrastructure expansion in the newly-formed Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in the State, the State Government is planning to make effective use of technology, including Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping to identify, map and demarcate different places and plan initiatives accordingly

Soon Prayagraj residents to enjoy greener surroundings (to follow Japan’s Miyawaki technique)

Fri, 2020-07-10 14:05 -- SCC India Staff
07/10/2020

Prayagraj residents would soon be able to enjoy greener surroundings and breathe cleaner air as the municipal corporation gets ready to increase the tree cover in the city using the famous Japanese Miyawaki technique. The Miyawaki technique involves the usage of DP manure, wood sawdust, vermicompost and insecticide as fertilisers for the soil.

Digital India: Hyderabad’s Rs 500-cr smart data center to process 4k million transactions per month

Fri, 2020-07-10 13:56 -- SCC India Staff
07/10/2020

The National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI), the umbrella organisation for operating retail payments and settlement systems in India, will be setting up its own tier IV, smart data center at an investment of Rs 500 crore at Narsingi, Hyderabad.

Videonetics joins Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerator Program (to provide AI- & deep learning-powered video computing platform)

Fri, 2020-07-10 13:25 -- SCC India Staff
07/10/2020

Videonetics has announced that it has joined the Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerator Program to provide their AI and Deep Learning powered Unified Video Computing Platform (UVCP) to diverse industries such as smart cities, aviation, enterprise and manufacturing, amongst others.

Cycles4Change Challenge to support smart cities to implement cycling-friendly projects

Fri, 2020-07-03 12:14 -- SCC India Staff
07/02/2020

The Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry has launched the India Cycles4Change Challenge to support smart cities to implement cycling-friendly projects in response to the Covid-19. In the first phase, 10 cities will be selected and will receive technical support from the Centre and also a reward of Rs 1 crore each.

Disposing waste scientifically! (J&K’s Bandipora is the latest to join the bandwagon)

Fri, 2020-07-03 12:04 -- SCC India Staff
07/02/2020

Bandipora’s District Development Commissioner, Ravinder Kumar called for scientific disposal of solid waste in the district and directed the Municipal Committee Bandipora to come up with a plan after consulting experts for the same.

280-km-long Chambal Expressway between Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh!

Fri, 2020-07-03 11:57 -- SCC India Staff
07/02/2020

Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Minister of Shipping and the Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India, announced a new road project—Chambal Expressway—to facilitate traffic between Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

New rainwater harvesting project to be implemented in 1k government-run schools in Vadodara

Fri, 2020-07-03 11:45 -- SCC India Staff
07/02/2020

Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister of Gujarat, inaugurated a rainwater harvesting project, which will be implemented in 1,000 government-run schools in Vadodara district at the cost of Rs 6 crore. This ambitious project will be aimed at storing around 10 crore litres of rain water every year.

SenRa, CareBand tie-up to deploy smart solutions to safeguard citizens against Covid-19 in India

Fri, 2020-07-03 11:26 -- SCC India Staff
07/02/2020

SenRa, a pan-India LoRaWAN public network operator, and CareBand, an innovative healthcare-focused wearable technology company, announced their collaboration to deploy smart solutions in India to safeguard citizens in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Chhattisgarh’s largest solid waste processing plant to manage waste using scientific techniques

Fri, 2020-06-26 16:56 -- SCC India Staff
06/26/2020

Chhattisgarh’s biggest solid waste processing plant was commissioned at the outskirts of state capital. The project would be implemented by Delhi MSW Solutions (DMSWSL), a subsidiary of Hyderabad based Ramky Enviro Engineers.

MNRE’s waste-to-energy program to promote projects for recovering energy from MSW

Fri, 2020-06-26 16:48 -- SCC India Staff
06/26/2020

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has announced that its waste-to-energy program would be extended beyond March 31, 2020. It said that the program would continue without any changes to its scope, nature, or coverage.

J&K Smart Cities update: 24 projects worth Rs 1k cr under progress; tenders for 42 projects worth Rs 1.2k cr floated

Fri, 2020-06-19 19:14 -- SCC India Staff
06/19/2020

The Jammu and Kashmir Government said that 24 smart city projects of worth Rs 1,065 crore under progress while the tenders for 42 developmental works costing Rs 1,213 crore have been floated.

NITI Aayog proposes plan to privatize Delhi Metro under PPP model

Fri, 2020-06-19 19:09 -- SCC India Staff
06/19/2020

The Delhi Metro is by far the largest and busiest metro in India, and second oldest after the Kolkata Metro. Delhi Metro has been operating with a loss on an EBT basis since 2010, although the loss has reduced after 2015-16. EBITDA margin declined from 73 per cent in Fiscal 2007 to 27 per cent in Fiscal 2016-17 before improving to 30 per cent in 2017-18.

Chandigarh’s Integrated Command & Control Center to help in disaster management & smarter governance

Fri, 2020-06-19 19:05 -- SCC India Staff
06/19/2020

The Chandigarh Smart City Limited (CSCL) signed a contract with Bharat Electronics (BEL) for implementation of the Integrated Command and Control Center (ICCC). K K Yadav, commissioner, Chandigarh Municipal Corporation and CEO, Chandigarh Smart City signed the contract on behalf of CSCL and Prabha Goyal, General Manager, Panchkula represented BEL.

App to track hazardous Covid-19 bio-medical waste

Fri, 2020-06-12 15:50 -- SCC India Staff
06/12/2020

With the disposal of Covid-19 waste posing a big health and environment risk, especially in the wake of reports of improper disposal, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has moved in to regulate it by starting daily online tracking of the waste generated and disposed of by coronavirus testing laboratories, waste generators and disposal facilities.

Developing sustainable plastic waste management practices

Fri, 2020-06-12 15:33 -- SCC India Staff
06/12/2020

Recykal, a digital technology company in the waste management space, announced a pan-India partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages (HCCB) for Project Prithvi, a joint initiative for developing sustainable plastic waste management practices in the country.

Gurugram floats tender to set up dedicated flood control room

Fri, 2020-06-05 10:58 -- SCC India Staff
06/04/2020

The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) has floated tenders to set up a dedicated flood control room near the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway. Once operational, the control room will serve as a nodal centre from where necessary machines and equipment can be dispersed to waterlogged spots across the city during the monsoon.

Karnataka proposes to convert 4 heritage cities—Mysuru, Kalaburagi, Vijayapura & Ballari—“smart”

Fri, 2020-06-05 10:16 -- SCC India Staff
06/04/2020

Seven cities in Karnataka—Bengaluru, Tumakuru, Mangaluru, Shivamogga, Belagavi, Davangere and Hubballi-Dharwad—are being developed under the Smart City project. Now the Karnataka Government has proposed to develop four heritage cities under the Smart City Project of the Union Government.

Projects worth Rs 500 crore up for grabs in Gujarat

Fri, 2020-06-05 10:07 -- SCC India Staff
06/04/2020

The Gujarat Water Infrastructure has floated tenders for Chavand Bulk Pipeline Project. The scope of work involves design, construction and operation for Navda to Gadhada (Package-1, NC-39) bulk pipeline including ROU, construction of RCC U/G sump, pump house, SITC of pumping machinery and ancillary works at Navda Pumping Station including 10 years comprehensive operation

Covid-19 impact: Deadline of Chandigarh’s ongoing smart city projects extended by 2 months

Fri, 2020-05-29 11:41 -- SCC India Staff
05/28/2020

The Chandigarh Smart City Limited (CSCL) has extended deadline of all ongoing projects by two months due to the time lost during the lockdown. CSCL CEO KK Yadav said although all allotted works had been restarted, the deadline had been extended by two months.

Hubballi-Dharwad’s 340 kWP rooftop solar PV system project up for grabs

Sun, 2020-05-24 20:58 -- SCC India Staff
05/24/2020

The Hubballi Dharwad Smart City Limited (HDSCL), Karnataka has issued a tender for the commissioning of rooftop solar PV systems worth approximately 340 kWP on discount over retail tariff basis on net metering or gross metering at multiple locations owned by the Hubballi Dharwad Municipal Corporation (HDMC).

See how Dehradun smart city is combating COVID-19

Fri, 2020-05-15 17:42 -- SCC India Staff
05/15/2020

Dehradun Smart City Limited (DSCL) has utilized the Integrated Command and Control Centre for monitoring and surveillance activities in the fight against Covid-19. DSCL authorities have worked in collaboration with the District Administration in planning and management of the requirements for combating COVID-19.

Bhopal embraces smart restroom monitoring system for social distancing in public toilets

Fri, 2020-05-15 17:09 -- SCC India Staff
05/15/2020

A Bhopal-based startup company has developed Smart Restroom Monitoring System (SRMS) which consists of smart supervising equipment for the public washrooms to ensure cleanliness, hygiene and social distancing amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Tamil Nadu to build captive liquid biomedical waste treatment plants at 20 major hospitals

Fri, 2020-05-08 12:11 -- SCC India Staff
05/07/2020

Though there is no scientific evidence to prove that coronavirus transmission happens through sewage, the State government is planning to build captive liquid biomedical waste treatment plants in 20 major hospitals.

L&T to test AI & ML-assisted techs to combat COVID-19 (partners with 20 city administrations)

Fri, 2020-05-08 12:02 -- SCC India Staff
05/07/2020

L&T has partnered with over 20 city administrations across India to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. To aid surveillance, the company is bringing out the many AI and ML assisted technologies that it is piloting for smart cities projects.

Smart bin systems developed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through waste generated at hospitals

Fri, 2020-05-08 11:41 -- SCC India Staff
05/07/2020

An IIT-Madras-incubated start-up, Antariksh Waste Ventures, has developed an Internet of Things-enabled (IoT) smart bin system to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus or Covid-19 through waste generated at vulnerable contagion points such as hospitals, clinics, public bins and quarantine hotspots.

Coronavirus shadow over Bhubaneswar’s smart city projects

Thu, 2020-04-30 17:49 -- SCC India Staff
04/30/2020

With construction work coming to a grinding halt for around a month, there is a big poser on completion of a number of projects implemented by the Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) in the capital. Work of five to six projects, including two multi-level car parking (MLCPs) facilities, Smart Janpath project and BMC-ICOMC building was in progress in full swing prior to lockdown.

Trichy to resume work on smart cities mission projects

Thu, 2020-04-30 17:38 -- SCC India Staff
04/30/2020

Using available raw materials and manpower, the Trichy Corporation is likely to resume construction work on stalled smart cities mission projects this week onwards. Except for Chathiram bus stand redevelopment project, all other smart cities mission projects were put on hold following the lockdown.

Smart city projects up for grabs! (Kerala Road Fund Board floats tenders)

Thu, 2020-04-30 17:22 -- SCC India Staff
04/30/2020

The Kerala Road Fund Board has invited bids for selection of contractor for development of smart roads and underground ducting including utility shifting of water supply and power lines in ABD area in Thiruvananthapuram of under Smart City Mission (PWD Roads).

UP’s largest city ropes in Tech Mahindra to deploy AI tool for administrative work

Fri, 2020-04-24 15:57 -- SCC India Staff
04/24/2020

The Kanpur Smart City (KSCL) has established an artificial intelligence tool for administration work to be carried out during the ongoing nationwide lockdown. KSCL has roped in Tech Mahindra to set up a Covid-19 control room to manage tracking of coronavirus patients, lockdown violations, supply of essential items and health supplies, among others.

Europe-based company forms Indian consortium to develop smart cities, low-cost housing

Fri, 2020-04-24 15:50 -- SCC India Staff
04/24/2020

A&M Development Group, Europe’s leading infrastructure development company, has announced that it will be establishing its office in India as Oberoi-A&M Infra-Consortium (under incorporation), and along with Polaris Energy Resources Inc (USA) will develop & construct mega projects in India – including low cost housing and smart cities – via the EPC + Finance model.

Relevancy and empathy during the COVID-19 crisis - a letter from the Smart Cities Council

Tue, 2020-04-21 21:33 -- Philip Bane
04/21/2020

We have delayed publishing this letter as we have been busy working with cities and our partners during this global crisis. Our teams in ASEAN, Australia, India and North America have been working with cities and other liked minded organizations to do what they can to relieve suffering.
Our actions are guided by empathy, relevance and agility.

Sanitizing Uttar Pradesh districts! (56 fire tenders flagged off by UP CM)

Thu, 2020-04-16 11:40 -- SCC India Staff
04/15/2020

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath flagged off a fleet of 56 fire tenders, which have been engaged for launching a statewide sanitization drive. These fire tenders will be used for spraying sodium hypochlorite, which releases chlorine to check spread of novel Covid-19.

Guideline for managing biomedical waste linked to Covid-19 revised

Thu, 2020-04-16 11:31 -- SCC India Staff
04/15/2020

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has issued a revised guideline about management of biomedical waste linked to Covid-19, outlining roles of urban local bodies and state pollution control boards in handling and treatment of waste generated by those quarantined at home.

Development projects worth Rs 10 bn hampered in Nashik due to Covid-19 lockdown

Thu, 2020-04-09 15:40 -- SCC India Staff
04/09/2020

The 21-day lockdown owing to the Covid-19 outbreak has not only affected the lives of the citizens, but also impacted various developmental works (worth over Rs 10 billion) that were started by the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation (NMSCDCL).

Pune, Surat, Bengaluru & Tumakuru use Command & Control Centers as Covid-19 war rooms

Tue, 2020-04-07 12:57 -- SCC India Staff
04/07/2020

Smart Cities of Pune, Surat, Bengaluru and Tumakuru are using the integrated data dashboards, developed by the data analysts and data experts working with their ICCCs (also functioning as COVID-19 war rooms in many cities) to provide up-to-date information about the status of corona virus in different administrative zones of their cities.

World Bank to develop green, safe highways in India ($500 mn project approved!)

Fri, 2020-04-03 12:52 -- SCC India Staff
04/03/2020

India’s road network of 5.48 million km carries 65 percent of freight traffic and 85 percent of passenger traffic. The traffic volume on the network has been growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 10.8 percent in the last six decades.

Uttar Pradesh to focus on cleaner drains, public toilets to prevent spread of Covid-19

Sat, 2020-03-28 14:33 -- SCC India Staff
03/28/2020

Amid chief minister Yogi Adityanath announcing lockdown in 17 districts to get them sanitized in the wake of coronavirus threat, the Department of Urban Development has placed a slew of cleanliness measures to arrest its spread.

Now, a separate garbage collection system for people under home quarantine in Pune

Sat, 2020-03-28 13:23 -- SCC India Staff
03/28/2020

A separate group of garbage collectors will collect and dispose of waste from the homes of people under home quarantine. “There will be a separate vehicle to collect and transport the waste generated in the houses of home quarantined persons.

Warangal to get a facelift!

Fri, 2020-03-20 16:09 -- SCC India Staff
03/19/2020

The second largest city in the Telangana, Warangal, which is also referred to as tri-city since it consists of three towns—Warangal, Hanamkonda and Kazipet—will soon witness rapid growth, with the State government giving it approval for the Master Plan prepared by the Kakatiya Urban Development Authority (KUDA).

Gujarat approves Rs 13.61 crore solar projects for water treatment plants

Fri, 2020-03-20 16:02 -- SCC India Staff
03/20/2020

With a view to further promote ‘Green Energy’ in the State, the Gujarat Government has cleared proposals worth Rs 13.61 crore for installation of solar plants to power as many as 15 water treatment plant and/or sewage plants of 11 municipalities.

3 cities from Uttar Pradesh among top 10 Smart Cities in India

Fri, 2020-03-20 15:44 -- SCC India Staff
03/20/2020

This year’s Smart City Rankings released by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has been a cheer for Uttar Pradesh, as three of the state’s cities made it to the top 10 Smart Cities. Apart from Agra topping the list, Kanpur and Varanasi also made it to the top 10 securing third and seventh rank respectively.

Visakhapatnam to upgrade city’s public transportation

Thu, 2020-03-12 14:42 -- SCC India Staff
03/12/2020

Following the State Government’s proposal to make Visakhapatnam the executive capital of the state, the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) has come up with a slew of measures to modernise public transportation. Recently, RTC vice chairman and managing director M Pratap announced the development.

Indore’s mission towards cleaner city (to use hi-tech aqua harvesters to keep water bodies clean)

Thu, 2020-03-12 14:22 -- SCC India Staff
03/12/2020

Indore’s mission towards a cleaner city has been a rather rewarding one. Over the past few years, Indore has been pushing the boundaries with new technologies and powerful initiatives when it comes to keeping the city clean.

Now, BMC to paste QR code stickers at buildings to track waste collection

Thu, 2020-03-12 13:21 -- SCC India Staff
03/12/2020

In a bid to map Mumbai’s actual waste collection from every area—what time it was collected from a particular society, is it being segregated into wet and dry and, if treated, what kind of treatment is used—the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will place QR code stickers outside every gated community.

e-taxis to help Delhi battle air pollution

Thu, 2020-03-12 13:13 -- SCC India Staff
03/12/2020

At a time when India is battling air pollution, especially in the national capital and adjoining Ghaziabad, which have been designated as one of the most polluted cities across the globe as studies suggest, Prakriti E-Mobility, is soon to launch an app-based Electric Vehicle (EV) cab services called ‘Evera’ in Delhi-NCR.

Tenders floated for proposed ropeway project for Mumbai metro

Fri, 2020-02-28 14:45 -- SCC India Staff
02/28/2020

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has floated a tender for the proposed ropeway project of the corridor-I between Mahavir Nagar Metro Station on Metro Line-2A (Dahisar to DN Nagar) to Pagoda in Gorai village on the basis of design, finance, build, operate, and transfer (DFBOT).

Soon, Kerala state & national highways to get 12,000 pairs of public toilets

Fri, 2020-02-28 13:01 -- SCC India Staff
02/27/2020

The State and National Highways, criss-crossing Kerala, will soon have thousands of toilet complexes, thanks to an ambitious sanitation initiative drawn up by the Left government. The State Government is planning to set up 12,000 pairs of public toilets (for both men and women) on the highways.

Govt’s newly-devised 20:20 model to pair top 20 cities with bottom 20 (could boost lagging smart cities)

Fri, 2020-02-28 12:51 -- SCC India Staff
02/27/2020

The Centre has devised a 20-20 model to pair the top 20 cities with the bottom 20 and help the lagging cities to kick-start the smartening up process by borrowing technical know-how and financial studies.

This startup to tackle wet waste management in Mangaluru

Fri, 2020-02-21 14:40 -- SCC India Staff
02/21/2020

Ramakrishna Mission has launched a startup dedicated to handling wet waste, Mangala Resource Management Institute. Spurred by havoc wrought by the sliding down of waste from the landfill at Pachchanady into Mandarabailu in the monsoon, the startup is striving to ensure zero wet waste is put in the landfill.

2 indices introduced to improve quality of life & civic amenities

Wed, 2020-02-12 15:20 -- SCC India Staff
02/12/2020

The Centre introduced two indices to improve the quality of life and civic amenities across major cities in the country. Apart from gauging the extent of civic services and quality of life in over 100 cities, the indices will throw up detailed data on each city. This will help the government formulate plans.

This latest tech from BARC to treat municipal sewage in Andhra (other States can take a cue)

Wed, 2020-02-12 14:55 -- SCC India Staff
02/12/2020

The Minister for State for personnel, public grievances and pensions and Prime Minister’s office Dr Jitendra Singh said that Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) has developed radiation technology for the treatment of municipal sewage.

Soon, Bhubaneswar to get “smart parking policy” to ease traffic woes

Wed, 2020-02-12 14:45 -- SCC India Staff
02/12/2020

Taking note of the vehicular traffic rush in Bhubaneswar, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation is going to formulate a Smart parking policy very soon. The new parking policy will be jointly formulated by BMC, Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) and Commissionerate Police.

Lucknow to replicate Indore’s cleanliness model

Fri, 2020-01-24 11:53 -- SCC India Staff
01/23/2020

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.

Bangladesh to adopt Indore’s radio frequency based smart meter model

Fri, 2020-01-24 11:43 -- SCC India Staff
01/22/2020

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.

Pune Smart City’s ‘Smart Clinic’ initiative bags top award

Fri, 2020-01-24 10:53 -- SCC India Staff
01/22/2020

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.

Why the Readiness Challenge Matters

Wed, 2020-01-15 19:05 -- Philip Bane
01/15/2020

The 2020 Global Readiness Challenge is the result of many years of hard work including analysis of city needs, challenge design, outreach campaigns and over 45 workshops in North America alone. In this process we learned that face to face interactions at workshops and conferences, while essential in the learning process, failed to accelerate actual project planning.

Chhindwara peaks Madhya Pradesh’s ‘multiparameter’ ranking of urban cities

Fri, 2020-01-10 12:14 -- SCC India Staff
01/09/2020

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

Nashik to promote public cycle sharing project

Fri, 2020-01-10 12:06 -- SCC India Staff
01/09/2020

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.

Jamshedpur bags top position as the cleanest city in India

Thu, 2020-01-02 12:04 -- SCC India Staff
01/01/2020

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.

Now, bar code to keep tab on garbage collection in Lucknow

Thu, 2019-12-19 13:16 -- SCC India Staff
12/18/2019

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.

Thiruvananthapuram launches “Smart Trivandrum” card, modeled on Oyster card of London

Thu, 2019-12-19 12:51 -- SCC India Staff
12/18/2019

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.

India seeks Swedish help to build climate-neutral smart city in Gurugram

Thu, 2019-12-19 12:00 -- SCC India Staff
12/18/2019

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.

Gurugram becomes 1st city in Haryana to get Integrated Command and Control Centre

Thu, 2019-12-12 12:14 -- SCC India Staff
12/11/2019

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.

Nashik to monitor water supply network through Scada project (hopes to bring down water wastage)

Fri, 2019-12-06 15:14 -- SCC India Staff
12/06/2019

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.

Soon, Odisha to adopt Tamil Nadu’s model for solid waste management

Fri, 2019-12-06 15:09 -- SCC India Staff
12/06/2019

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.

Gurugram 2.0 on the cards!

Fri, 2019-12-06 14:28 -- SCC India Staff
12/06/2019

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.

For waste segregation, Mohali comes up with unique solution

Fri, 2019-11-22 10:57 -- SCC India Staff
11/21/2019

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.

UN to improve sanitation & health facilities in Pink City (grants Rs 100 mn to set up sewage plant)

Tue, 2019-11-12 14:38 -- SCC India Staff
11/12/2019

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.

Pothole-free roads in Bengaluru! (Corporation to fill up 15,000 potholes)

Tue, 2019-11-12 14:30 -- SCC India Staff
11/12/2019

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.

This small city in Kerala goes digital! (Launches e-governance facilities)

Tue, 2019-11-12 13:25 -- SCC India Staff
11/12/2019

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).

Cleaning India’s polluted rivers (Clean Krishna-Godavari project gets Central nod)

Tue, 2019-11-12 13:04 -- SCC India Staff
11/11/2019

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.

Coimbatore to replicate Chennai’s amphibian-style equipment to clean water bodies

Fri, 2019-11-08 11:29 -- SCC India Staff
11/07/2019

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.

Now, Pune sets up dedicated centers for recycling low-value plastic

Fri, 2019-11-08 11:04 -- SCC India Staff
11/07/2019

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.

Hyderabad turns plastic waste into fuel! (Other cities can take a cue)

Thu, 2019-10-31 12:35 -- SCC India Staff
10/31/2019

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.

New open source platform launched for smooth integration with smart city projects

Thu, 2019-10-31 12:21 -- SCC India Staff
10/30/2019

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 to relax norms to allow smart cities raise funds through ‘Muni Bonds’

Thu, 2019-10-31 11:41 -- SCC India Staff
10/30/2019

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.

Towards a cleaner city! (Kolkata to shift to electric public transport from 2030)

Thu, 2019-10-31 11:29 -- SCC India Staff
10/30/2019

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.

Improving last-mile connectivity! (Delhi Metro to run electric feeder buses)

Thu, 2019-10-31 10:55 -- SCC India Staff
10/30/2019

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.

Andhra Pradesh’s Rs 460 bn ‘Water Grid’ project aims safe drinking water

Thu, 2019-10-24 12:32 -- SCC India Staff
10/24/2019

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.

Chandigarh drafts new policy for EVs (plans to register only EVs after 2030)

Thu, 2019-10-24 12:26 -- SCC India Staff
10/24/2019

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.

Now, Odisha plan to expand plastic ban to villages!

Thu, 2019-10-24 12:17 -- SCC India Staff
10/23/2019

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.

Solar tender floated for Raipur, Coimbatore & Aurangabad airports (3.7 MW up for grabs)

Thu, 2019-10-24 12:12 -- SCC India Staff
10/23/2019

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.

Uttar Pradesh to upgrade its highways (gets $400 mn loan from World Bank)

Fri, 2019-10-18 10:49 -- SCC India Staff
10/17/2019

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.

Bengaluru’s unique solution to effectively manage waste

Fri, 2019-10-18 10:44 -- SCC India Staff
10/17/2019

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.

Ahmedabad chalks out plan to improve its infrastructure (to invest Rs 14.31 bn)

Fri, 2019-10-18 10:38 -- SCC India Staff
10/17/2019

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 to implement green tech for construction of roads

Wed, 2019-10-09 16:41 -- SCC India Staff
10/09/2019

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.

Seven municipal corporations in UP to be developed as Smart Cities

Wed, 2019-10-09 16:10 -- SCC India Staff
10/09/2019

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.

Meghalaya to build roads with plastic waste (other States can take a cue)

Wed, 2019-10-09 15:59 -- SCC India Staff
10/09/2019

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

Making wealth out of temple waste! (Madurai temples show way in waste management)

Tue, 2019-10-01 17:57 -- SCC India Staff
10/01/2019

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 keen to develop smart city projects in Andhra Pradesh

Tue, 2019-10-01 17:48 -- SCC India Staff
10/01/2019

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.

Punjab to research on clean air, water, soil & waste management (join hands with IIT Ropar)

Tue, 2019-09-24 16:23 -- SCC India Staff
09/24/2019

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.

Renault-Nissan, ICAT join hands for traffic data collection

Tue, 2019-09-24 15:56 -- SCC India Staff
09/24/2019

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.

Aurangabad to increase capacity of its water supply network (floats tenders worth Rs 12.51 cr)

Fri, 2019-09-20 11:35 -- SCC India Staff
09/19/2019

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.

Bhubaneswar sets its sight on the future (to create new city in the suburbs)

Fri, 2019-09-20 11:24 -- SCC India Staff
09/19/2019

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’.

Now, Kohima Smart City to spread awareness on plastic pollution & waste segregation

Fri, 2019-09-20 11:00 -- SCC India Staff
09/19/2019

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.

Mangaluru to replace old bus shelters with “smart” ones

Tue, 2019-09-10 11:06 -- SCC India Staff
09/09/2019

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.

100% scientific disposal of e-waste planned by Bhopal

Tue, 2019-09-10 10:39 -- SCC India Staff
09/09/2019

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.

Modi inaugurates India’s first industrial integrated smart city!

Tue, 2019-09-10 10:29 -- SCC India Staff
09/09/2019

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.

50 more electric buses on the anvil for Goa

Fri, 2019-09-06 11:12 -- SCC India Staff
09/05/2019

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.

Dehradun sets up plant to convert plastic waste into diesel!

Fri, 2019-09-06 11:03 -- SCC India Staff
09/05/2019

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.

Now, Pune deploys 'Swachta Mitra' to promote zero garbage project

Fri, 2019-09-06 10:47 -- SCC India Staff
09/05/2019

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.

Urban poor in Haryana to be assisted with livelihood opportunities

Fri, 2019-08-30 11:23 -- SCC India Staff
08/29/2019

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.

Wastewater recycling plant in CSEZ to ensure zero effluent discharge

Thu, 2019-08-22 16:58 -- SCC India Staff
08/22/2019

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.

Government all set to make a report card on ‘smart cities, big impact’

Thu, 2019-08-22 16:45 -- SCC India Staff
08/22/2019

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.

Infra upgrade ahead for Leh as it may get the ‘Smart City’ tag

Thu, 2019-08-22 16:39 -- SCC India Staff
08/22/2019

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.

Tax rebate for housing societies that segregate waste in a systematic manner

Fri, 2019-08-16 11:00 -- SCC India Staff
08/15/2019

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.

Cisco, Google partner to roll out free WiFi zones at public locations in India

Fri, 2019-08-16 10:46 -- SCC India Staff
08/15/2019

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

A new mini Smart City in Delhi!

Wed, 2019-07-31 11:33 -- SCC India Staff
07/30/2019

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.

See how this small village in Gujarat is tackling faecal sludge problem

Mon, 2019-06-17 18:41 -- SCC India Staff
06/17/2019

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.

Kochi police plans to strengthen policing (to install smart security systems)

Tue, 2019-06-11 16:15 -- SCC India Staff
06/11/2019

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.

Kohima leads drive for cleaner Nagaland (joins Himalayan clean-up campaign)

Fri, 2019-06-07 11:46 -- SCC India Staff
06/06/2019

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.

Soon, Bengaluru’s elevated corridor to be pollution free

Tue, 2019-06-04 17:34 -- SCC India Staff
06/04/2019

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.

Zero Waste Chennai project launched to make Chennai garbage free

Tue, 2019-06-04 17:20 -- SCC India Staff
06/04/2019

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.