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.
Smart City has been a buzzword for years now, but with technologies such as data analytics, artificial intelligence and internet of things coming into play, we now see the term metamorphose to a ‘Hyperconnected city’.
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.
As many as 25,000 smart LED lights will be installed in Karnal—most cleanest and a major city of the Indian State of Haryana—under the smart city project to make the lighting system smarter and more efficient.
Agartala, which is more than 150 years old and a capital city of Tripura, has ranked top among the 10 smart cities of the Northeast. As per Smart City rankings released in July 2020, Agartala has ranked 56th amongst 100 smart cities in the country.
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.
Alliance to End Plastic Waste, a Singapore-based-NGO working in the environmental sector, plans to invest between $70 million to 100 million in India over the next five years to majorly to reduce plastic waste.
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 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.
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.
The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has decided to prepare a comprehensive map of underground sewer lines at all its 144 wards. This is an unique move to further upgrade the drainage system of the city.
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 (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.
A startup registered in Kerala has come up with a disruptive model of integrated waste management for large residential communities, utilizing technology, manpower and supply chain, which according to them can also be easily adopted at ward levels by local bodies.
The industrial city of Karnataka—Tumakuru Smart City Limited (TSCL)—has issued a request for proposal (RfS) seeking solar power developers to install 1.2 MW of rooftop solar systems on government buildings in the city.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sterlite Power, a leading global player in power transmission, has completed its Gurugram Smart City project for creating an intracity fiber network for the city’s communication needs.
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.
The Telengana Government has issued an order to sanction Rs 50 crore to the Warangal Smart City Mission. According to the Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation (GWMC), Rs 37.64 crore against the proposal of Rs 87.64 crore were already sanctioned by the government.
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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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
Smart City has been a buzzword for years now, but with technologies such as data analytics, artificial intelligence and internet of things coming into play, we now see the term metamorphose to a ‘Hyperconnected city’.
In general, the pandemic and subsequent nationwide lockdown disrupted the growth of infrastructure companies for FY2020. It is estimated that 85 per cent of infra companies expect a substantial hit to revenues of about 55-65 per cent in the April-June quarter.
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.
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.
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has decided to monitor the city’s garbage management system by fitting global positioning system (GPS) to garbage auto-tippers and compactors.
The smart city project of Ahmedabad has again being rated the best smart city project in implementation. The special purpose vehicle, Smart City Ahmedabad Development, maintained it first position in terms of execution.
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.
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.
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.
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh inaugurated two integrated water supply projects for Imphal Planning Area Phase-I and Imphal Sewerage Project Phase-I through video conference from the Chief Minister’s Secretariat.
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.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy launched the online waste exchange platform of the Andhra Pradesh Environment Management Corporation (APEMC)
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.
Chandigarh, one of the greenest cities in India, is all set to have its prestigious 24x7 water supply project in Manimajra. The Chandigarh Smart City (CSCL) has floated Rs 160-crore tender by completing the paper works.
The Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS) under the Union Ministry of Jal (Water) Shakti released the operational guidelines for the second phase of the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM II) on May 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.
The Kerala Government has exempted the barcoded plastic bags used for collecting biomedical waste from the plastic ban imposed in the State from Jan 1, 2020.
State-owned power giant NTPC has incorporated a joint venture firm NTPC EDMC Waste Solutions for developing and operating waste to energy project.
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.
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
In the latest smart city rankings announced by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Nagpur has slid from being No. 1 to to No. 28 with 46.35 points. Ahmedabad was first with 81.37 points and Agra scored 78.22 points to secure the second position.
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.
The Agra Municipal Corporation (AMC) has launched a citywide nullah (drain) cleaning campaign. According to civic body officials, there are 446 small and large drains in the city. All these are supposed to be cleaned by June 10.
The way we look at urban design is going to change post pandemic. The Greater Chennai Corporation is in discussion with architects, urban design experts and engineers to incorporate certain changes in upcoming projects.
Many smart city projects, which were stalled due to lockdown over the outbreak of Covid-19, have resumed in Kochi. Cochin Smart Mission (CSML) has already started road work and hospital development projects while more works are expected to begin in the coming days.
PK Pole, Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir, reviewed the status of Srinagar Smart City Project at a meeting of senior officers of concerned departments.
The Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) has begun the pre-monsoon cleaning of drains here in the state capital. With BMC's focus on Covid-19, many important operations like pre-monsoon preparedness had taken a back seat.
The Coimbatore Municipal Corporation (CMC) is seeking the second instalment of fund to carry out projects under the Smart City mission. The corporation proposes to execute 48 projects at the cost of Rs 984.86 crore.
The Karnal Smart City project has come to a standstill due to the ongoing Covid pandemic lockdown. Around 30 projects costing around Rs 450 crore could not be commenced as their tenders were not processed due to the lockdown.
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).
NEC Technologies India (NEC India) has helped Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) convert its smart city control center into a war room to combat the spread of coronavirus in the city.
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.
After a long gap since the imposition of lockdown, work has resumed at major projects under the Smart Cities Mission of the Central government. Work has started on a low scale – at Periyar bus stand and multi-level car parking facility near Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple.
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.
Bhagalpur Smart City has been supporting the city administration in combating COVID-19 using various initiatives.
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 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.
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.
As the Coronavirus continues to wreak havoc across the globe, cities around the world are starting to leverage technology to help support essential services providers, emergency responders, and local law enforcement in their fight against the virus.
A COVID-19 War Room has been set at the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) to track and monitor the COVID-19 situation in the city.
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has issued guidelines for management of waste generated during the diagnostics and treatment of suspected and confirmed Covid-19 patients.
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.
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.
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).
The door-to-door collection of waste is now being carried out in all the 81 wards of the city with the help of 104 auto-tipper vehicles. Earlier, the door-to-door collection of waste was limited to only 20 wards.
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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.
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.
Air India airlifted two drones and two pilots of Garuda Aerospace from Chennai for drone based anti-coronavirus sanitisation operations in Chandigarh and Varanasi, said a top official of Garuda Aerospace.
Recently, T-Hub announced that nine of its startups have come up with breakthrough solutions to combat or curb the spread of Covid-19. The startups have developed solutions to fight the virus across multiple fronts.
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As the number of Covid-19 infected continues to rise across India, the Bhilwara region of Rajasthan, which was once a potential hotspot for the deadly disease, has not reported a single positive Covid-19 case in the past few days.
When it comes to disease upsurge, cities are a big part of the issue. Today, approximately 4 billion people live in cities, which is roughly over half of the world's population.
The Center approved a Covid-19 package worth Rs 15,000 crore to build on health infrastructure till March 2024 even as the numbers surged past 6,000-mark.
Life in India has changed dramatically as the world’s second-most populous country grapples with the coronavirus outbreak. India's central government, several state governments and city administrations have already responded with drastic measures.
Indian cities are tapping tech firms such as Tech Mahindra, HCL Technologies and Infosys to build solutions that could help them tackle the spread of Covid-19.
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.
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.
Smart Cities are joining hands with medical practitioners (certified doctors and health experts) to provide online medical consultation facilities to citizens.
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).
The Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) is using high-tech machinery and drones to sanitize Srinagar in view of the unprecedented ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
To monitor the implementation of lockdown and to alert the authorities about the presence of any crowd in the city, the district administration, with the help of police and Agra Smart City Project team, has developed an artificial intelligence-enabled mobile applicatio
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.
The Delhi Government in their budget for the financial year 2020-21 allotted a whole of Rs 59.47 billion for enhancing the public transport infrastructure sector in the national capital. Rs 9 billion allotted for the Delhi Metro Phase-IV project.
Globally, there is a growing concern regarding the presence of trace emerging contaminants such as retinoids and oestrogenic endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in aquatic environments.
Tamil Nadu will soon get three new biomedical waste processing facilities. They are planned on the outskirts of Chennai, Krishnagiri and Cuddalore.
The Bhopal Smart City Development Corporation Limited (BSCDCL) will provide e-passes to those residents who are stranded outside. The BSCDCL is developing an app so that the residents may apply on it to get the e-passes.
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.
Ignoring the government’s Covid-19 protocol against gatherings, the UDF-led ruling front under Mayor Soumini Jain presented the last annual budget of the present council.
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.
The Nashik Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) bid to appoint a private agency to collect and transport construction and demolition waste failed to receive any response on two occasions.
The Kolkata Municipal Corporation has deployed 10,000 workers for cleaning of streets, hospitals, housing complexes and markets as part of a special cleanliness drive to keep neighbourhoods clean in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.
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.
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).
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.
The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has taken up a pilot project that promises to turn at least a part of Dhapa’s huge mountain of plastic waste into household furniture.
After considerable delay, the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) has installed two new air quality monitors in the city – one on the Gurugram-Faridabad Road and the other in Sector 51.
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.
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.
Infosys announced that it has joined the Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerator Program to offer end-to-end solutions for smart stadiums, smart venues and smart event management.
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.
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.
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.
RK Tiwari, Chief Secretary, Government of Uttar Pradesh expressed disappointment with Bareilly’s performance under the Smart City Mission. On February 17, marking out ‘zero progress’ on the projects Tiwari rapped Bareilly Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials and asked them to reason out the delay.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has floated tenders for the balance works on Metro Line 2B from DN Nagar-Mandale with the total distance of 23.643 km long elevated corridor.
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in collaboration with NTPC is gearing up to launch a Hydrogen fuel cell-based bus project in the union territory of Leh, MNRE secretary Anand Kumar said.
The Government of West Bengal plans to introduce electric vessels on the Hooghly, aiming to cut down on pollution by replacing the current fleet of old and rickety ferries, which West Bengal Pollution Control Board said, added to the air and water toxicity and noise level.
The Dharamshala Municipal Corporation passed a tax-free annual budget of Rs 1.39 billion for the year 2020-21.
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).
The Nireshwalya Government School in Mangaluru will soon be declared as the first Smart School under the Smart City Mission. The Mangaluru Smart City Limited (MSCL) had commenced the smart school project in 13 schools.
The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) is planning to launch a pilot project in the township to recycle wastewater for various purposes, including washing and gardening.
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.
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.
Say goodbye to unkempt and unhygienic public toilets. As part of Smart Toilet initiative under the Smart City project, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has installed new-age public toilets at Nehrunagar, Kankaria, Prahladnagar and Jodhpur crossroads.
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.
Developed with an investment of Rs 1 crore, country’s first state-of-the-art clinic started operating outside Agra Municipal Corporation (AMC) head office on MG Road in Agra, Uttar Pradesh.
Six months after the launch of the command and control center under the Smart Cities Mission by the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC), citizens can now register all their grievances related to any civic issue at one place.
Nine Gram Panchayats of Indore District will soon turn into Swachhscape like Indore city with district administration planning to implement cluster-wise waste management system to streamline and upgrade services.
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.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) plans to set up a control room for real-time tracking of waste collection vehicles so that they can be monitored closely, and to crack down on contractors who are found to be slacking.
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.
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.
Maharashtra Cabinet approved the first phase of sewage treatment in 391 ubran local bodies across the State. The urban development department’s proposal has been moved for the cabinet nod.
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.
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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.