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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Thanjavur to go green! (to have battery-operated green vehicles to collect waste)

Fri, 2019-05-31 11:21 -- SCC India Staff

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.

Soon, New Delhi to launch a portal on smart projects! (other cities can take a cue)

Fri, 2019-05-31 10:53 -- SCC India Staff

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.

This Bengaluru neighborhood bags global award for ‘waste to biogas’ initiative

Fri, 2019-05-17 10:58 -- SCC India Staff

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.

Aurangabad industrial city woos investors from Telengana & Andhra to set up base

Thu, 2019-05-16 16:37 -- SCC India Staff

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.

Dabur’s unique initiative could end plastic waste in UP

Tue, 2019-05-14 12:39 -- SCC India Staff

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.

See how decentralization of solid waste management can enhance community contribution

Thu, 2019-05-02 15:12 -- SCC India Staff

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.

IoT set to outnumber human intervention

Thu, 2019-05-02 14:45 -- SCC India Staff

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.

Smart Cities Mission allocates higher investment to urban transport

Thu, 2019-04-25 15:59 -- SCC India Staff

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.

Waste management opportunity in India worth $14 bn

Fri, 2019-04-19 16:12 -- SCC India Staff

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.

Tata treatment plant in Jamshedpur reduces intake of fresh water

Tue, 2019-04-16 16:05 -- SCC India Staff

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.

Drones to monitor construction projects

Fri, 2019-04-05 12:04 -- SCC India Staff

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).

Now, Goa to introduce waste management in school syllabus

Fri, 2019-04-05 11:29 -- SCC India Staff

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.

All you need to know about Mumbai Metro’s smart cards

Fri, 2019-04-05 11:23 -- SCC India Staff

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.

Diu Smart City to “bridge the gap” between 2 major tourist attractions

Thu, 2019-03-28 17:01 -- SCC India Staff

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.

Puducherry to empower its citizens through an innovative & integrated financing mechanism

Thu, 2019-03-28 16:50 -- SCC India Staff

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.

Bhopal to turn buses into modern classrooms!

Wed, 2019-03-20 18:35 -- SCC India Staff

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.

Amritsar takes bold steps to tackle air pollution & reduce carbon footprint

Tue, 2019-03-12 18:30 -- SCC India Staff

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.

Kochi’s cloud-based e-Health solution incorporates all govt hospitals into one integrated system

Mon, 2019-03-11 18:48 -- SCC India Staff

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.

Vizag to develop its futuristic learning environment by modernizing public schools

Fri, 2019-03-08 13:12 -- SCC India Staff

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.

One Nation One Card: PM launches common mobility card for all transport facilities

Thu, 2019-03-07 16:22 -- SCC India Staff

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.

Smart LED lights for Coimbatore! (city plans to save on energy)

Fri, 2019-02-15 14:13 -- SCC India Staff

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.

See how Police nabbed a serial killer in Kumbh Mela using ICCC

Thu, 2019-02-14 18:11 -- SCC India Staff

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).

India provides Rs 382 bn opportunities in Smart Cities Mission

Fri, 2019-02-08 11:16 -- SCC India Staff

Under the Smart Cities Mission (SCM), 100 Smart Cities have been selected in four rounds based on All India Competition. All 100 cities have incorporated Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs). Since the launch of the mission 5,151 projects identified by the cities worth more than Rs 2 lakh crore are in various stages of implementation in the 100 cities.

Ginjer is SenRa’s new low-cost IoT analytics platform

Fri, 2019-02-08 11:05 -- SCC India Staff

With the current increase in Internet of Things (IoT) deployments taking place across the globe, IoT platforms have started to play a critical role in the successful roll-outs of IoT solutions. Real-time analytic provide customers the ability to get immediate insight on their business operations, cost savings, and overall return on investment (ROI).

Happy Cities Summit to help Amaravati to be at the forefront of urban innovation

Fri, 2019-02-08 10:34 -- SCC India Staff

The Government of Andhra Pradesh is organizing the second edition of Happy Cities Summit 2019, Amaravati from February 13-15, 2019. The summit aims to build on the success and momentum of the inaugural Happy Cities Summit to establish Amaravati, the capital of Andhra Pradesh, at the forefront of urban innovation discourse, with a focus on citizen happiness.

Now, take a Uber Ride, but in a speed boat!

Thu, 2019-02-07 14:55 -- SCC India Staff

Uber, the world’s largest ridesharing company, announced a pilot launch of Uber Boat service in Mumbai, in partnership with Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB). The on-demand service will provide transportation from three of the city’s popular coastal routes namely Gateway of India, Elephanta Islands and Mandwa Jetty, via speed boats.

Vizag to be energy sufficient, plans a 15 MW floating solar plant

Fri, 2019-02-01 10:43 -- SCC India Staff

As per the smart city plan (SCP), close to 70 per cent of the work has been grounded. The city SPV has completed an Integrated Command and Communication Centre at the GVMC office, Centralised Command Control Centre at the Police Commissioner's office, and Phase-II of the smart poles project for redesigning and beautification of roads costing Rs 600 million.

Kakinanda Smart City to issue bids worth Rs 3.60 billion

Fri, 2019-02-01 10:12 -- SCC India Staff

As on date, the city has undertaken 50 projects worth Rs 9.40 billion under the Smart City Mission, of which, 12 projects worth Rs 1.12 billion have been successfully completed, 16 projects worth Rs 2.57 billion are in progress, and another 22 projects worth Rs 5.68 billion are in the tendering or DPR stages.

Smart meter project in Delhi to save Rs 1.24 bn

Mon, 2019-01-28 17:30 -- SCC India Staff

Implementing smart meters is one of the operational performance parameters under the Government of India’s Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY). The scheme would help in reducing AT&C losses. It will also help in monitoring round-the-clock power supply eventually leading to greater efficiency and a pathway to meeting the government’s vision of 24X7 Power for All.

Shivmogga Smart City to award projects worth Rs 370 cr

Fri, 2019-01-25 15:08 -- SCC India Staff

The Shivamogga Smart City in Karnataka is leaving no stone unturned to be one of the finest smart cities in India. The city is progressing well in terms of issuance of work orders. The city has issued work orders for projects worth Rs 64.06 crore. That apart, the authority will be issuing work orders for all the key smart roads (infrastructure projects) by this weekend.

Haryana's ISMO to help tackle cyber security issues

Wed, 2019-01-23 18:27 -- SCC India Staff

To address the challenge of cyber security, the Haryana Government has formed a dedicated department - Information Security Management Office (ISMO), which will help the state authorities in tackling, preventing and detecting various threats along with monitoring, risk-assessment and other security breaches.

Nagpur recycles 90% of sewage water (other cities can learn from them)

Tue, 2019-01-22 17:31 -- SCC India Staff

Burgeoning populations coupled with slow and unorganized development in sewage infrastructure pose a major threat to the sanitation conditions of cities, subsequent river water quality and public health of the inhabitants. According to the report on the Composite Water Management Index by the NITI Aayog last year, about 600 million people face high-extreme water stress.

India’s first solar ferry boat saves 58,000 liters of diesel in 2 years

Fri, 2019-01-18 14:17 -- SCC India Staff

India’s first solar ferry boat, ADITYA has contended its two years (730 days) effective activity in Vaikom, Kerala. The sun-powered transport ferry is manufactured (under the ‘Make In India’ initiative) by NavAlt Solar and Electric Boats, that expects to make water transport progressively effective.

Join Smart Cities Think Table in Nagpur

Fri, 2019-01-18 13:01 -- SCC India Staff

Smart Cities Council India (SCCI) in association with Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation (NSSCDC) is organising a Think Table meet on January 31, 2019, at Nagpur. Smart Cities Think Tables (SCTT) are a series of forum sessions organized by Smart Cities Council (SCC) in different cities of India where the biggest challenges facing the sector are detailed and discussed threadbare.

Incorporate AI with Zero Liquid Discharge and Improve Energy Efficiency

Fri, 2019-01-18 12:42 -- SCC India Staff

The rise of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has had strong implications for the zero liquid discharge (ZLD) systems market. To keep pace with the rate of digitalization in end-user industries, ZLD vendors have implemented the use of IoT-enabled wastewater monitoring and handling systems for improved efficiency, as well as Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology and smart meters for monitoring fouling issues in membranes.

Indore clears 13 lakh tonnes of garbage in six months (and saves Rs 50 crore too)

Fri, 2019-01-18 12:32 -- SCC India Staff

Indore, a city in Madhya Pradesh has set an example for wannabe smart cities by clearing over 13 lakh tonne waste in just six months as compared to a mere 2 lakh tonne in the last two years. Under the previous model, the government had outsourced the task to private agencies, which were charging Rs 475 per cubic metre.

See how this interactive IoT platform can benefit consumers

Fri, 2019-01-11 16:16 -- SCC India Staff

To enable professional customers to unlock the full potential of connected lighting for the Internet of Things (IoT), Signify (formerly known as Philips Lighting) launched its new IoT platform. This interactive IoT Platform—Interact—enables connected LED lighting systems and embedded sensor networks to deliver insights, benefits and new services to customers.

See how smart cities can earn revenues and fund projects

Thu, 2019-01-10 15:20 -- SCC India Staff

Although smart cities have been provided with some seed money from the Centre and the state, with some to be generated from their own budget, the financial requirement still remains huge as smart city plan has to benefit the entire city and not just limited to the area identified for development.

Fiber-reinforced plastic is a game-changer for structural requirements (See how)

Thu, 2019-01-10 15:12 -- SCC India Staff

By connecting places, they facilitate the movement of goods and services and people, thereby ensuring a means of livelihood for those who would otherwise be cut off from the rest of the population. Typically, as bridges in difficult-to-reach locations are made of wood or steel, they tend to rot or corrode easily.

Shimoga plans projects to the tune of Rs 4.44 bn (tenders floated for Rs 2 bn)

Wed, 2019-01-09 15:56 -- SCC India Staff

Shimoga, also known as Shivamogga, is a large city and the district headquarters of Shivamogga district in the central part of Karnataka. Situated 569-meter above sea level and gateway to the hilly region of the Western Ghats, the city lies on the banks of Tunga River and is popularly nicknamed ‘Gateway of Malnad’.

See how this drought-stricken village in Maharashtra is building a sustainable water supply

Wed, 2019-01-02 18:17 -- SCC India Staff

Shirpur, one of the drought-prone areas in Maharashtra, has always witnessed insufficient water supply, depleting rainfalls and extreme summer heat. Yet dripping pipes, spilling water on the roads, washing vehicles with oodles of water was a common sight in the town.

See how cities tackling traffic issues with advanced technologies

Wed, 2018-12-26 16:03 -- SCC India Staff

India’s biggest cities are subjected to traffic congestion every day, and the commuters are bearing the burden. Transport demand in India has increased by almost eight times since the 1980s as rapid economic development and increasing wealth among households has led to higher vehicle ownership.

Smart Cities Council India’s Think Table series kicks off with Pune Smart City

Mon, 2018-12-24 15:46 -- SCC India Staff

Smart Cities Council India (SCCI) in association with Pune Smart City Development Corporation organised a Think Table meet on December 6, 2018, at Pune. The meet focused on various standardisation initiatives to be adopted in the smart cities.

Puducherry: Empowering Citizens Digitally

Fri, 2018-12-21 15:33 -- SCC India Staff

Puducherry is in the process of evolving from E-Governance to Digital Governance and building digital capacities. In line with the flagship Digital India programme of Government of India, the Government of Puducherry has introduced and implemented various digital schemes to provide better Government to Citizen (G2C) and Government to Business (G2B) services to the citizens.

See how Amritsar curbs the illegal car parking menace and reduce traffic congestion

Wed, 2018-12-19 15:27 -- SCC India Staff

The illegal car parking situation in India requires a conscious effort towards improving the situation not only on part of the citizens but also from the enforcement bodies. This means at the very minimum, identifying and acknowledging the problem as a prevailing menace.

Tarapur Atomic Power Project accomplish versatility with digitization

Fri, 2018-12-14 11:19 -- SCC India Staff

The 540 MW TAPP-3, a totally indigenous nuclear power unit, is the 16th nuclear power reactor in the country. It has been designed and built by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), a public sector after undertaking under the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).

Chennai Police to keep an eye on citizens (installs 1.5 lakh cameras)

Tue, 2018-12-04 16:03 -- SCC India Staff

The Chennai Police, which has installed around 1.5 lakh CCTV cameras around the city, has decided to use it efficiently with its recently-launched ‘CCTV Chennai City’ app. The app is linked to Google Maps, on which all the locations in the city where CCTV cameras have been fixed are pinned.

Now, Bhopal Traffic Police to use phones to generate e-challan

Fri, 2018-11-23 15:12 -- SCC India Staff

In a quest to make the traffic violators more disciplined, the Bhopal Smart City is expanding its Integrated Traffic Management System (ITMS). Earlier, ITMS-based challans or fine receipts were generated through fixed cameras, however, now the government has authorized Traffic Police to use mobile cameras shots to penalize traffic violators.

This underdeveloped African country is using Big Data to combat corruption (India can learn from them)

Wed, 2018-11-21 18:10 -- SCC India Staff

Issues like black money and money laundering are common in many countries. Sierra Leone, an underdeveloped country to the West of Africa, has got a solution to this increasing problem. Sierra Leone, which has seen trade in illicit diamonds, is now using new technology to counter the problem.

What India can learn from Sweden’s recycling revolution

Wed, 2018-11-21 17:51 -- SCC India Staff

According to experts, the world is heading towards a catastrophic 2 degrees Celsius increase in temperature because of climate change and greenhouse gases. Fossil fuels are ever diminishing while global energy demand is expected to have increased by 50 percent in 2030. As the world’s population continues to grow, the production of waste will drastically increase.

Traffic violators beware! Smart cameras to keep an eye

Fri, 2018-11-16 12:47 -- SCC India Staff

The Bhubaneswar Smart City Ltd (BSCL) is leaving no stone unturned to make their city the top smart city in India. In this process, the city [now] has started the process of installing registration number trackers and smart cameras to capture images of vehicles that are found to be flouting traffic rules.

See how video analytics help track criminal activities

Fri, 2018-11-16 12:40 -- SCC India Staff

Smart cities is the talk of the town. Video content analysis is the capability of automatically analyzing video to detect and determine temporal and spatial events. Video analytics are software applications that generate descriptions of what is happening in the video that can be used to track persons and other objects detected in the video stream.

See how Hyderabad is planning to curb anti-social elements

Wed, 2018-11-14 11:58 -- SCC India Staff

Hyderabad, know for IT hub of India has taken one step forward to keep the city safe from criminals. Known for many firsts, now the city is working on police robot—Robocop— which make society feel safer, while also removing the danger associated with the job for human police officers.

Integrated smart parking to resolve traffic management in Hyderabad

Tue, 2018-11-06 15:57 -- SCC India Staff

When it comes to living in a populous region, every inch counts. And parking in such areas is a luxury. Rise in income and increase in the vehicular demand has lead to a shortage of parking spaces. Areas around metro and railway stations highly demand for parking space and it is going to be a major relief for the people in Hyderabad as the Integrated Smart Parking Management System (ISPMS) is expected to start within a week at the Habsiguda metro station in Hyderabad.

Bhubaneswar makes a smart move with smart buses

Tue, 2018-11-06 15:36 -- SCC India Staff

With an aim to boost the urban mobility services, the Capital Region Urban Transport is all set to roll out 200 new city buses with ultramodern IT technology from November 6, 2018. The transport body has finally got the area-based permit from the Commerce and Transport department, which issued the notification of providing permit to the buses.

Puducherry smart city goes cashless

Fri, 2018-10-26 15:55 -- SCC India Staff

A private bank, launched a co-branded prepaid card for the citizens of Puduchchery Smart City in partnership with Puducherry Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC). The pre paid card is a RUPAY card. The programme aims to bolster Digital Payments ecosystem in Puduchchery and aid the Digital India initiatives of Government of India.

This small Vienna suburb is now a living lab!

Thu, 2018-10-25 15:51 -- SCC India Staff

Despite not being the first smart city in the world, one of Vienna’s suburb is now a living lab. The lab is powered by data from Teradata and partners like Siemens. As the city started coming up in 2014, Aspern’s underground connections for data infrastructure and analytics capabilities were integrated from the ground up. Including apartments, offices, business areas, research quarters and school campus, the total size of Aspern smart city is 2.2 million metre square.

Chandigarh to roll out 30,000 “smart” meters

Thu, 2018-10-25 15:43 -- SCC India Staff

The Smart Grid project has finally been started by the UT Electricity Department, Chandigarh; wherein its first phase, it will replace the old meters by installing 30,000 smart meters in four sectors (29, 31, 47 and 48), six villages (Faida, Ram Darbar, Hallo Majra, Raipur Kalan, Makhan Majra and Daria), and industrial area.

Pune is India’s first lighthouse city for urban mobility lab

Fri, 2018-10-19 14:27 -- SCC India Staff

In a program organized by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and NITI Aayog, Pune has been selected as India’s first lighthouse city for urban mobility lab. The lab ensures to promote and support a replicable process for identifying, integrating, implementing and scaling innovative mobility solutions in the Indian cities.

India to enhance border security (to install hi-tech gadgets)

Fri, 2018-10-19 14:19 -- SCC India Staff

In order to secure a 60-km stretch and riverine border with Bangladesh in Assam’s Dhubri district, the Home Ministry has arranged for sonar cameras, radars, aerostat and electro-optic underground sensors. Falling under the comprehensive integrated border management system, the project—which is on a pilot base—aims to [completely] replace physical security mechanism with a technical set up to enhance security.

Now, cities to be ranked over revival of water bodies

Wed, 2018-10-17 18:10 -- SCC India Staff

For the revival of water bodies, the government will be launching a competition among cities. The winning city will be awarded a higher ranking along with financial assistance, which will indirectly encourage more participation. The Urban Ministry will be drafting guidelines for the competition.

Is free parking on Indian public roads necessary?

Thu, 2018-10-11 11:06 -- SCC India Staff

The Central Government’s 2011 National Transport Development Policy Committee (NTDPC) report states that parking is not a right but a privilege. A user must pay the full cost of the parking facility based on the land opportunity cost, capital cost, O&M costs and temporal demand. However, this is something that many car owners in India don’t understand.

See how these cities are working towards earning the smart city tag

Thu, 2018-10-11 10:50 -- SCC India Staff

Besides big cities claiming their successful start in the Smart Cities Mission, Chhattisgarh’s three cities- Raipur, Atal Nagar and Bilaspur- have showcased a remarkable progress in innovation planning initiatives and citizen-centric governance. By intelligent conceptualisations and meticulously working towards earning the smart city tag, each city has carved an identity for itself. Here is how these cities are redefining India.

Making smart cities cyber-secure

Wed, 2018-10-10 11:19 -- SCC India Staff

A smart city must also be a safe city, with a good disaster response system. V Rishi Kumar reports With the implementation of the Smart Cities Mission moving forward in a phased manner and technology forming the backbone of smart cities’ architecture and governance, one of the major challenges identified for the future is cyber security.

ISRO satellites introduce game-changing internet speed (Now, India to get 100 Gbps by 2019)

Wed, 2018-10-10 10:43 -- SCC India Staff

With the launch of four heavy-duty communications satellites, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has promised to deliver internet speed of over 100 gigabits per second (Gbps) by the end of 2019 to every household and office in the country.

Now Mumbai commuters can book a parking spot with an app

Fri, 2018-10-05 14:40 -- SCC India Staff

In a cramped up city like Mumbai, where even footpaths are occupied, finding a parking spot is a herculean task. However, the city is all geared up to witness a car parking revolution as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has initiated to develop a mobile app that will enable commuters to book a parking slot online.

See how Imphal is revitalising smart city projects

Thu, 2018-10-04 11:23 -- SCC India Staff

Adopting the city retrofitting approach, Imphal has been developed with the help of smart mobility, modern facilities and other smart features. Selected in the second round of the Smart Cities Challenge, the core vision statement for Imphal Smart City was ‘Urban Revitalisation and Regeneration’.

India completes 332 smart cities projects worth Rs 60 billion

Wed, 2018-10-03 15:47 -- SCC India Staff

Considering 100 smart cities, the Government of India is expecting a total investment of Rs 2 trillion over a period of five years. Out of which, Rs 1 trillion will be aided by the Central Government and balance will come through the State Government and conversions, through synergy of various programmes and PPP.

Maharashtra government maps 4,500 real estate projects (See how)

Fri, 2018-09-28 12:34 -- SCC India Staff

The Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority has mapped nearly 4,500 of the 16,000 projects registered with it under the Geographical Information System (GIS), enabling citizens find minute details of homes of their choice just by selecting the option “view on map” on its website.

Why GIS is important for Smart Cities

Fri, 2018-09-28 12:11 -- SCC India Staff

As urban areas are getting more crowded and falling increasingly short on future development potential, development of new self-sustaining cities are emerging as an alternate solution to these problems. Technology is at the heart of these new self-sustaining cities enabling automation and real-time integrated city monitoring and management through a network of sensors, cameras, wireless devices and data centers.

How the water industry is going digital to boost efficiency

Thu, 2018-09-27 12:10 -- SCC India Staff

Water scarcity is undoubtedly one of the key issues facing the world today. Research published last year in Science Advances concluded that four billion people worldwide (two-thirds of the global population) are affected by severe water scarcity for at least one month of the year. What does this mean? Nearly a billion people currently have no access to clean, safe drinking water.

From Crowdfunding to Blockchain See How Real Estate is Changing in India

Thu, 2018-09-27 12:02 -- SCC India Staff

Technology is disrupting different industries across the world, and real estate cannot be far behind. Already, real estate consultants have moved beyond the traditional ways of prospecting, with the Internet opening up the market in unprecedented ways and taking a lot of the footwork out of finding property options.

See how innovative cities could serve as a blueprint

Thu, 2018-09-27 11:07 -- SCC India Staff

Singapore's 'One Nation' Initiative and its position as a city-state makes it unique in its ability to execute its smart city vision. Its transformation, over the remarkably short time after its split from Malaysia, to the world's leading smart city, provides an example from which other cities can learn.

What Got Kerala Sinking?

Fri, 2018-09-21 12:12 -- SCC India Staff

In 2013, floods and landslides devastated the northern state of Uttarakhand. The build-up of sediment in rivers, caused by hydroelectric plants, worsened the flooding. In 2014, floods ran amok through Kashmir, attributed to encroachments that diminished the holding capacity of lakes and water bodies. Poor planning has led to similar crises in the cities of Mumbai and Chennai as well. And now, in 2018, it’s the turn of God’s own country: Kerala.

Now NITI Aayog to facilitate AI-led solutions for health, agriculture and smart mobility

Fri, 2018-09-14 11:55 -- SCC India Staff

In order to set up the International Centre for Transformative Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI) model for developing and deploying AI-led application-based research projects, NITI Aayog, Intel and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) has announced a collaboration to conduct advanced research and incubate AI-led solutions in healthcare, agriculture and smart mobility segments.

India's first public traffic driving data is ready

Fri, 2018-09-14 11:08 -- SCC India Staff

CV Jawahar, a computer vision scientist along with his team at IIIT- Hyderabad, readied the world’s first public dataset of Indian driving conditions. This dataset not only aims to help the computer vision researchers from across the world to train their algorithms on Indian driving conditions but also lends road safety solutions.

Paperless entry into Bengaluru airport (Your face to be the boarding pass)

Tue, 2018-09-11 15:38 -- SCC India Staff

At the Bengaluru airport, soon your face will be your boarding pass. The airport is set to become the first airport in India to have an end-to-end solution for paperless air travel. The Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), operators of the Bengaluru (BLR Airport) and Vision-Box have signed an agreement to launch paperless biometric self-boarding technology, said a statement issued by BIAL.

e-waste factory: Addressing India’s waste problem

Fri, 2018-09-07 15:21 -- SCC India Staff

Scrapped e-waste, which often lands next to river beds in India polluting both the land and water bodies, can be used as a raw material to create daily use products. All thanks to Indian-origin professor Veena Sahajwalla! She is developing world’s first e-waste factory that converts trash to valuables.

Is India Serious About Solid Waste Management?

Fri, 2018-09-07 14:20 -- SCC India Staff

A systematic approach to deal effectively with the solid wastes is lacking in most of the Indian cities. According to data presented by the government, about 24 per cent of the solid waste generated in the country was being processed as on January 31. Out of over 1.43 lakh tonnes per day (tpd) of solid waste generated, only about 33,800 tpd (or 23.73 per cent) was being processed as on the last day of January, the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry data showed.

Controlling floods, the Dutch style! (India can learn from it!)

Wed, 2018-09-05 14:51 -- SCC India Staff

On the morning of January 31, 1953, the North Sea brew up a storm which would severely affect the Netherlands, Belgium, England and Scotland. The prediction for the Netherlands looked worst. The Netherlands, literally means “lower countries” referring to its low land and flat geography, and with about 50 per cent of its land exceeding one meter (m) above sea level, the Netherland’s estuaries and tributaries would fill to submerge the land beside it.

India’s first AI Supermarket to give firsthand experience of shopping to customers

Wed, 2018-09-05 14:36 -- SCC India Staff

Welcome to the future of shopping – enter, choose, leave. In a world where cash registers and checkout lines become superfluous – this is what India’s first automated supermarket, Watasale, a tech-driven startup in Kochi is promising.

Now, travel in a “SMART” coach! (these coaches will have diagnostics & info system)

Fri, 2018-08-31 10:38 -- SCC India Staff

Now, travel in a “SMART” coach! (these coaches will have diagnostics & info system) Indian Railways has just got its first “SMART” coach! The SMART coach has several new features that will go a long way in enhancing the safety of train journeys and enhancing passenger comfort.

Coimbatore to get smart trees that allow people to sit, rest & use free WiFi

Thu, 2018-08-30 14:32 -- SCC India Staff

Visitors to VOC Park can now enjoy WiFi connectivity free of cost, thanks to the presence of a “golden tree” or “smart tree”. The initiative by the Coimbatore Corporation, at a total cost of Rs 30 lakh under the Smart Cities programme, is under public-private partnership mode.

Tesla’s unique technology to help solve waste problem in Ladakh

Wed, 2018-08-29 15:42 -- SCC India Staff

The rising tourist footfall in Ladakh has brought a serious waste management issue in the region. Meanwhile, the tourist flow has gone up exponentially from 1.8 lakh in 2011 to 3 lakh, recently. However, at the end of the peak season of July-August, the tourist footfall this year touched 2.8 lakh, bringing in approximately 15-16 tonne of trash per day.

Constructible BIM will make construction more efficient

Fri, 2018-08-24 11:46 -- SCC India Staff

The continuing march of technology in the modern age has impacted the construction industry in many more ways than meets the eye. For an industry that hasn’t seen significant technological change over the past couple of decades, the arrival of ‘Constructible BIM’ is no less than a revolution.

Visakhapatnam to use smart signalling system to catch traffic violators

Thu, 2018-08-23 16:53 -- SCC India Staff

As a part of smart city initiative, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) is implementing ‘smart signaling’ system across the city. Among the smart signaling initiatives, Red Light Violation Detection (RLVD) system tops the list as part which cameras are being installed at 10 strategic locations in the city, covering some of the busiest traffic junctions, mostly those on the national highway.

Lucknow calls for intelligent transport management experts

Wed, 2018-08-22 13:12 -- SCC India Staff

Lucknow, a city that has urbanized rapidly in recent years, has resulted in several traffic problems in and around the city, such as traffic jams, increase in the number of road accidents, etc. The present Traffic Signal System is based on the static feed on time without considering actual available traffic at junctions across the Lucknow city.

Ahmedabad goes cashless!

Fri, 2018-08-17 14:32 -- SCC India Staff

The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has decided to go cashless by 1 September – all transactions will now be digital. This move falls in line with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India initiative implemented through the Smart City Mission.

Gangtok finds an alternative to conventional transport

Fri, 2018-08-17 14:27 -- SCC India Staff

Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, has a density of more than 5,000 persons per kilometer. It faces severe congestion: its topography is characterised by steep gradients and irregular road alignments, resulting in narrow carriageways. This limits conventional public transport services to only 2 per cent of modal share.

What Indian cities can learn from Singapore

Fri, 2018-08-17 14:22 -- SCC India Staff

Despite improvements in the road situation, Singapore needed more sophisticated traffic management measures by the turn of the 21st century to deal with a rising vehicle population and a larger and more complex road system. Existing initiatives remained manpower-intensive and inefficient—the Area Licensing Scheme (ALS) needed constant monitoring and strict enforcement to prevent motorists from entering the city centre multiple times with one ALS pass.

AMRUT: Using GIS to enhance master planning

Tue, 2018-08-14 11:29 -- SCC India Staff

Urban settlements in India have experienced rapid population growth: the percentage of India’s population living in urban areas more than doubled from 14 per cent at the time of independence to 31.8 per cent in 20111. By 2051, India is expected to be considered an urban nation, with more than 50 per cent of the population living in urban areas.

See how cities in India are redrawing the transit plans

Mon, 2018-08-13 15:37 -- SCC India Staff

In India, cities are privy to unplanned and uncoordinated development, which has led to traffic congestion, inadequate sanitation and depleting water resources. However, a few cities in India are redrawing its master plans to make it more citizen centric. Coimbatore and Gurugram are a few of them!

See how other states can learn from Andhra’s land pooling method

Fri, 2018-08-10 10:38 -- SCC India Staff

Securing land for development through land acquisition is often a protracted and expensive process in India and the world over. Andhra Pradesh’s model of land pooling for its new capital Amaravati offers a compelling alternative. In 2014, the Andhra Pradesh was separated into two. One State continued to be called Andhra Pradesh, while the other was named Telangana.

Adapting current offerings to meet smart city needs

Thu, 2018-08-09 13:20 -- SCC India Staff

Companies in multiple industries are already beginning to alter their existing product and service lines to suit changing urban markets – from utilities that are rolling out smart meters and introducing dynamic pricing schemes to real estate developers that are integrating automation systems, sensors, and mobility options into their properties.

See how international cities continuing to build the underlying technology base

Fri, 2018-08-03 15:48 -- SCC India Staff

Smart cities run on data. Before a city can deploy applications, it has to be able to generate, capture, and analyze enormous volumes of data in complex infrastructure systems and settings that are often teeming with millions of people. The technology base consists of three elements, all of which support the applications of today as well as those to be added in the future.

See how applications connecting the public to local government

Thu, 2018-08-02 18:57 -- SCC India Staff

The development of new digital channels for the public to communicate with local officials could make cities more responsive to the concerns of their residents and change the nature of civic participation. Most city governments, long ago, established websites to make residents aware of the services available to them and to post information and even extensive open data sets.

See, how cities around the world tackling air pollution

Fri, 2018-07-27 14:45 -- SCC India Staff

Many people take the air they breathe for granted. Fumes and pollutants from industrial sites, diesel engines, and the burning of coal combine to form a thick, dusty haze that hangs over many of the world’s major urban centers, and the residents of rapidly-growing low-income cities pay the heaviest price.

Adopting Swiss challenge framework for smart cities (AP did it!)

Wed, 2018-07-25 14:05 -- SCC India Staff

The Smart Cities Council India and Andhra Pradesh Urban Infrastructure Asset Management (APUIAML) recently conducted a closed-door conference on ‘Eluru Smart City Development through Swiss Challenge Approach’ in Mumbai. With this, Eluru has become the first city in the country to adopt Swiss challenge framework to operate its future projects.

Now digital mapping for Varanasi's water and wastewater resources

Tue, 2018-07-24 16:54 -- SCC India Staff

Varanasi Nagar Nigam (VNN) will install Geographical Information System (GIS) and Management Information System for the city under the Ganga Action Plan-II. The project is part of the institutional development program, financed by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

See How Maharashtra Improves Water Distribution Using Technology

Fri, 2018-07-20 12:35 -- SCC India Staff

A city in Maharashtra has applied LPWAN solutions to solve stringent water supply problems. Inconsistent water distribution throughout the city was a longstanding challenge. Due to lack of infrastructure, further issues cropped up, including erroneous meter readings and billing, no proper billing cycle, no safety measures like anti-theft infrastructure or leakage detection, and high operational expenses because of non-optimal battery life and frequent maintenance

Chhattisgarh’s Ambikapur is converting waste into wealth! (other cities can take a cue)

Mon, 2018-07-16 16:34 -- SCC India Staff

Chhattisgarh’s Ambikapur is converting waste into wealth! (other cities can take a cue) Chhattisgarh’s Ambikapur—with a population of 1.45 lakh—generates around 52 metric tonnes of waste on a daily basis. Unlike other cities, instead of putting the waste into dumpyards or landfills as the conventional practice, the city is converting its waste into wealth.

See how WAMS solution to address India’s power demand-supply imbalances

Thu, 2018-07-12 16:42 -- SCC India Staff

Today, the Indian electricity network is the world’s largest synchronized grid with a capacity of 363 GW. In July 2012, India suffered the world’s biggest power blackout due to a grid failure which impacted more than 620 million people across 22 states.

How Smart Is Your Smart City?

Thu, 2018-07-12 15:59 -- SCC India Staff

The International Data Corporation (IDC) in association with Cisco and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) launched a report titled ‘Smartest Cities of the Future’. The report outlines a framework that focuses on sustainable and inclusive (social, economic, and digital) development, and a smart city scorecard to measure the impact of intelligent solutions.

India launches LAP and TPS to fast track smart cities progress

Thu, 2018-07-12 15:48 -- SCC India Staff

To fast track the resolution of area based infrastructure issues, the union housing and urban affairs ministry launched the Local Area Plan (LAP) and Town Plan Schemes (TPS) for 25 smart cities in the country, under which the ministry will provide Rs 2 crore as central assistance to every city for planned urban expansion.

Manage Disaster and Build Resilient Smart Cities

Wed, 2018-07-04 11:38 -- SCC India Staff

India’s ambitious smart city project needs an effective disaster management plan to combat natural disasters and man-made disruptions in smart cities. Smart cities have been gathering a lot of traction of late, mostly due to the government’s increased efforts to secure high-quality urban life.

See how adaptive signal controls can impact environment positively

Wed, 2018-07-04 11:21 -- SCC India Staff

Traffic congestion is one of the more frustrating—and seemingly unavoidable—parts of urban living. Gridlock can have a huge impact on the quality of life for city dwellers, not only in terms of time spent commuting, but also regarding pollution and emissions.

Greenfield smart cities increase efficiency

Tue, 2018-07-03 13:04 -- SCC India Staff

To keep up with the growing population of India, future-looking urban planning has to be functional with changing times and lifestyles. One of the best ways to achieve this is through greenfield smart city issues like infrastructure, sustainability etc. These issues can be addressed from scratch and taken into account the changing urban lifestyles.

What Indian cities can learn from Moscow

Wed, 2018-06-27 15:49 -- SCC India Staff

In 2011, Moscow confronted a crisis: its roads had reached capacity, leading to some of the worst gridlock in the world. In response, the city government developed a comprehensive transportation plan. Its strategy for future construction projects to add traffic and transit capacity would be guided by data and complemented by the launch of an intelligent transport system.

See how smart cities can deliver a cleaner and sustainable environment

Wed, 2018-06-27 15:38 -- SCC India Staff

As urbanization, industrialization, and consumption grow, environmental pressures multiply. While technology is only one option for addressing these issues, it can be a powerful one. Overall, analysis finds that deploying a range of applications to the best reasonable extent could cut emissions by 10–15%, lower water consumption by 20–30%, and reduce the volume of solid waste per capita by 10–20%.

Greenfield development approach for smart cities

Thu, 2018-06-21 15:55 -- SCC India Staff

Cities that have evolved organically over centuries or even millennia can be challenging to retrofit with technology. Urban planning mistakes of the past, such as sprawl, may be deeply rooted, and creaky legacy infrastructure is hard to overhaul. Bold rebuilding projects have high price tags and impose disruption on existing residents.

See how solar power can solve the problem of water scarcity in India

Fri, 2018-06-15 11:32 -- SCC India Staff

When we imagine the possibilities for solar power, we might well see it as the bedrock of a future 100 per cent renewables-powered grid - harnessing the abundance of energy beamed down on us daily, to give 100 per cent reliability of supply and enabling prices to be a tenth of what they are today.

Varanasi Airport to use facial recognition system to make security checks hassle-free

Wed, 2018-06-13 12:44 -- SCC India Staff

In an attempt to digitise air travel, the Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, also known as Varanasi Airport, will have an automated smart facial recognition system, ensuring hassle-free movement of travellers from entry to boarding points. Once implemented, the Varanasi airport will soon become the first airport in the country to have such a system in place.

PCMC goes smart with ICCC, smart mobility, smart water, lighting and many more

Fri, 2018-06-08 16:17 -- SCC India Staff

Being an industrial city, turning Pimpri Chinchwad into a smart city is a tough job. It requires a long-term vision, on which the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) is presently working on. The PCMC is in the process of designing the vision for the coming 30 years.

See how Naya Raipur is emerging as one of the best-planned smart cities

Fri, 2018-06-08 10:23 -- SCC India Staff

Naya Raipur is being developed as a sustainable, modern ‘green city’ with major eco-development projects such as rainwater harvesting, solar energy and Internet connectivity. Compulsory installation of rainwater harvesting systems on all buildings helps in conserving the water resources.

Dibrugarh is India’s 400th free WiFi-enabled railway station

Fri, 2018-06-08 10:08 -- SCC India Staff

Google has claimed to reach its target of 400 free Wi-fi enabled stations in India. Dibrugarh railway station in Assam is the 400th train station in India to be powered by public Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi in these stations comes from a journey that Indian Railways, RailTel and Google embarked on two and a half years ago.

See how this village in Uttarakhand enjoys Wi-Fi without electricity

Wed, 2018-06-06 11:47 -- SCC India Staff

A remote village in Uttarakhand where electricity is a distant dream is now enjoying high speed Wi-Fi without any grid power. Operated on a solar power, the newly installed Wi-Fi network in the village by the State’s Information Technology Development Agency (ITDA) has brought about a significant change in the lives of residents

See how Chennai Metro is adopting green concepts in its underground stations

Thu, 2018-05-31 10:57 -- SCC India Staff

The four underground stations of the Chennai Metro Rail (CMRL) operational in Phase 1—Thirumangalam, Annanagar East, Annanagar Tower and Shenoy Nagar—have recently received Platinum rating by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) for adopting green concepts in design, construction and operation.

This Chennai school uses data to improve its performance

Wed, 2018-05-30 15:54 -- SCC India Staff

ARC is a new digital platform that uses data to help measure and improve sustainability performance across the built environment, from buildings to cities and beyond. The data-centric approach of ARC connects actions and tracks progress through a performance score that allows projects to track and benchmark progress.

NITI Aayog plans manufacturing overhaul for India

Fri, 2018-05-25 15:32 -- SCC India Staff

The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) and ABB India have signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) to support the government's vision of “Make in India” through advanced manufacturing technologies that incorporate the latest developments in robotics and artificial intelligence.

Smart Cities Mission - 1,333 projects worth Rs 506 bn completed

Wed, 2018-05-23 17:27 -- SCC India Staff

Smart City Mission has a lot of convergence with other missions like AMRUT, and some of the projects are implemented under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode. Around 1,333 projects worth Rs 50,626 crore have been completed or are under implementation / tendering stage. Overall projects worth Rs 2,03,979 crore have been identified for all 99 smart cities across the country.

India to get its first state-of-the-art School of Water and Waste

Wed, 2018-05-23 17:16 -- SCC India Staff

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) will soon be launching the first of its six modern residential training schools under its newly-established facility, the Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute (AAETI). The School of Water and Waste is being designed as a one-of-its-kind capacity-building hub for urban water and sanitation for India and the Global South.

This Mumbai society saves up to 81% on electricity bills

Mon, 2018-05-21 16:41 -- SCC India Staff

Mulund Darshan, located in Mulund West, is one of the latest societies in Mumbai to harness solar power for their electricity requirements. The ‘J’ and ‘K’ buildings of the society have installed a solar system of 11.05 kWp capacity consisting 34 panels utilizing about 1,000 sq ft area on the roof.

Now a smart tree in Coimbatore will let you charge mobile and use wi-Fi

Fri, 2018-05-18 13:18 -- SCC India Staff

Coimbatore’s smart tree will allow people to sit and rest while providing Wi-Fi and charging facilities. The ‘tree,’ is an ambitious Rs 12 lakh project, and only holds a bare minimum resemblance to natural tree. Its fibre-covered trunk is made of heavy metal, and its leaves are made of zinc and have been painted gold.

With smartpur project 500 villages set to go digital in India

Fri, 2018-05-18 13:01 -- SCC India Staff

Nokia is all set to develop 500 digitally integrated and sustainable villages across India, the company said in a release. In phase I of the project, a pilot has been rolled out in Haryana and Tamil Nadu with Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) as the implementation partner to develop 10 such villages in each state.

Varanasi and 5 other cities to copy Pune’s sustainable Public Bicycle Sharing scheme!

Wed, 2018-05-16 15:36 -- SCC India Staff

Caught up in traffic jam for long hours and agonizing wait for short-distance commute for public transport system, Pune came up with an idea of public bicycle sharing (PBS). Since the launch, the scheme has received rave reviews from all the quarters, and now Varanasi is trying to emulate the same model.

Now, NIT Warangal includes AI certification program for working professionals

Wed, 2018-05-16 15:06 -- SCC India Staff

Artificial intelligence (AI) is an evolving field that requires broad training. Built with the focus of teaching working professionals how to build deep learning predictive models for AI, the National Institute of Technology, Warangal (NITW) has launched a certification program on AI and Machine Learning in Hyderabad.

MP gets its 1st cloud-based Integrated Control and Command Center

Thu, 2018-05-10 16:10 -- SCC India Staff

Bhopal, which was selected as one of the smart cities, has been making a very good progress in the implementation of smart projects. In fact, a progress report by AmCham and PwC revealed that Bhopal is ranked two in the implementation of smart projects under the smart cities mission with Pune taking the top slot. However, Bhopal now is leaving no stone unturned to be on the top.

See how Tata Power Delhi is reducing its database backup time and restoring critical data faster

Tue, 2018-05-08 15:06 -- SCC India Staff

Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL), a subsidiary of Tata Group, recently transformed its power distribution business by implementing high-tech automated systems, including remote grid and outage management systems. Currently, the power utility provides electricity to seven million consumers in North and Northwest Delhi.

Now, a pollution forecast system that fights pollution!

Mon, 2018-05-07 16:39 -- SCC India Staff

A breath of fresh air can be hard to find in any metro cities in India. New Delhi, Gwalior, Varanasi and Kanpur were among the 14 Indian cities that figured in a list of 20 most polluted cities in the world, based on their toxic air quality, data released by World Health Organization showed.