SCC in the News

Nagpur Smart City to Run Metro Rail Services on Broad Gauge

04/27/2018

Even as free joyrides are being extended to Nagpurites on the 5-kilometre stretch from the Airport South to Khapri on the Nagpur metro rail before its formal inauguration, the federal government has plans to extend the service to the city’s outskirts using the existing broad-gauge railway tracks.

Hyderabad to host Smart Urbanation summit

03/16/2018

As Smart Cities Mission is completing three years this June 2018, Smart Cities Council India, part of the global consortium of smart cities, is organising the fifth Smart Cities Summit- Smart Urbanation at Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC), Hyderabad from March 22-23 to analyse the learnings and impact assessment.

Smart city initiative faces challenges in India

03/16/2018

Investments towards the making of smart cities has been approved to the tune of $1,91,155 crore, but only a trickle of the fund approved has been utilized for the purpose, due to which criticism from various sectors for not utilizing them has been heard, said Pratap Padode, Founder, Smart Cities Council India during the announcement for the upcoming 5th Smart Cities Summit, to be held in the city.

Fifth Smart City Summit on March 22

03/16/2018

Hyderabad would play host to another global meet ‘Smart City Summit - SM@RT Urbanation’ to commemorate three years of the initiation of Smart Cities Mission. It would provide a platform for various stakeholders to connect, review and consider steps on completing or taking up new projects, said Pratap Padode, founder & director, Smart Cities Council India.

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

02/22/2018

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

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

02/16/2018

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

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

02/15/2018

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

Smart City projects need CCTV video surveillance standards to ensure future stability of data, say experts

09/06/2017

The Indian government's project to have a 100 Smart Cities, which was launched in June 2015, looks quite ambitious at the outset. While the cities have been identified and work has started on some of them, there are a lot of underlying aspects that need to be addressed. One of them, according to the Smart Cities Council India, is the need for the growth of video surveillance security in India and development of surveillance standards.

Navi Mumbai: Most constructions coming up are illegal, CIDCO issues warning to buyers

08/07/2017

CIDCO is warning the public against investing in illegal constructions coming up in Navi Mumbai airport area. Work on the Navi Mumbai airport is on, but so is work around the area, most of it illegal.
As the new airport inches towards becoming a reality, construction activities are mushrooming in and around the notified area, with most of them not having adhered to the mandatory NAINA compliance - gaothan plots are being developed without permission.

Cities Must Invest In Video Surveillance For Safer Cities: Experts

08/07/2017

There needs to be an emphasis on installing right surveillance standards and industry best practices for effective surveillance that ensures safety and peace of mind for citizens. As the cities will grow smarter and more futuristic, IT, especially the Video surveillance will play a pivotal role in ensuring the safety of the cities in future, industry experts in the Smart Cities ecosystem feels.

SCC and WD discussed the role of surveillance for safer and smarter cities

08/06/2017

Emplacing the manifesto for cooperation between authorities, civil bodies and technology providers, the Smart Cities Council India (SCC) and Western Digital recently held a round table conference session on “ Role of Video Surveillance Systems in making cities safer ” which brought alive the current state of surveillance security in India, the challenges and sustainable solutions to help urban planners understand the framework of a smart city and take steps to improve infrastructure.

Smart Cities Council and Western Digital lead the dialog on the need of surveillance

08/06/2017

Western Digital co-hosted a Roundtable Conference on “Technology Modernization for Safer and Smarter Cities” with Smart Cities Council in Mumbai. The conference primarily aimed at discussing initiatives to fuel the growth of surveillance security in India, the challenges faced, and methods to address them.

Smart Cities: Here’s how Nagpur, Chandigarh, Puducherry could evolve

01/26/2017

With France proposing to develop Nagpur, Chandigarh, and Puducherry as Smart Cities, they could evolve under a common urban model. With the Smart Cities mission well under way, get ready for a slice of Paris in India! Three cities—Chandigarh, Puducherry and Nagpur—have attracted interest from the French who have proposed developing them as Smart Cities. Strong on aesthetics as well as energy conservation, the French model of development would also focus on the user at the centre of development.

Pillai rues delay in passage of road safety bill

01/26/2017

Former Union Home Secretary G K Pillai today rued that parliamentarians were not according priority to the Road Transport and Safety Bill despite the rising number of road accident deaths. He claimed some MPs had told him that the Road Transport and Safety Bill was not given priority as working for its passage "does not fetch them any vote".

SCC, NIUA and Western Digital holds round table on secure smart cities

01/26/2017

Smart Cities Council (SCC) along with National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) organized a round table in New Delhi to discuss the role of surveillance for a safe and secure India. The event also witnessed the launch of the report on “Role of Surveillance in Securing Cities” in the presence of senior government representatives, Mr. G. K. Pillai Chairman, Data Security Council of India & Former Home Secretary and Prof Santosh Kumar, Executive Director, National Institute of Disaster Management, Ministry of Home Affairs.

India to see a spike in video surveillance adoption in years to come: report

01/26/2017

Owing to increasing demand for high-tech technologies in the video surveillance market, the country will witness a boost in the surveillance adaptation rate in years to come, a report said on Wednesday. The report, launched by the Smart Cities Council (SCC) and National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) along with US-based data storage company Western Digital, underlined the role of surveillance for a safe and secure India.

GK Pillai rues negligence in road safety, calls for people’s engagement in smart cities

01/26/2017

Former Union Home Secretary GK Pillai on Wednesday rued delay on parliamentarians’ part in passage of Road Transport and Safety Bill. Pillai, who is the chief of Data Security Council of India, claimed bill was not dealt with due priority as it “does not fetch them any votes” to top politicians. “In spite of the fact that there are so many road accident deaths recorded, the bill did not figure among the bills that were given top priority during the Parliament sessions last year,” said Pillai. Pillai made his remarks while speaking at a round-table discussion here on “the role of surveillance for a safe and secure India” organised by Smart Cities Council (SCC) and National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA).

Here’s Why Surveillance is Vital for Smart Cities

01/26/2017

Smart Cities Council (SCC) along with National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) organized a round table in New Delhi to discuss the role of surveillance for a safe and secure India. The event also witnessed the launch of the report on “Role of Surveillance in Securing Cities” in the presence of senior government representatives, Mr. G. K. Pillai Chairman, Data Security Council of India & Former Home Secretary and Prof Santosh Kumar, Executive Director, National Institute of Disaster Management, Ministry of Home Affairs. The report has been supported by Western Digital, a developer and manufacturer of data storage solutions.

SCC, NIUA and WD organize round table to discuss role of surveillance in India

01/26/2017

Smart Cities Council (SCC) and the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) organized a roundtable in New Delhi to discuss the role of surveillance in India. The event also saw the launch of the report on “Roll of Surveillance in Securing Cities.” The report is supported by Western Digital and talks about the need for surveillance to act as a catalyst for secure cities in India. It also talks about the role of data and IT in creating safer and smarter cities, as well as the urgent need for better storage capacities.

Zero foreign investment till date in Modi’s smart cities mission

09/22/2016

Almost two years ago, the Narendra Modi government announced the 100 Smart Cities Mission to transform urban India. But, till date, not a single dollar has come in as foreign investment for the mission. On an RTI query filed by BusinessLine on how much foreign funding Indian cities identified under this mission have garnered, the Ministry of Urban Development said that “no investment has been received”.

Fluentgrid helps kick start Visakhapatnam’s smart city agenda with the launch of the City Command Centre

06/27/2016

June 27, 2016, Visakhapatnam: As a first step to revitalizing Vizag into a smarter and more sustainable city, Fluentgrid Limited(Formerly Phoenix IT Solutions Ltd.) helps Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC)set up and launch a state-of-the-art centralized City Command Center.

India will significantly improve the liveability of its cities within the next 20-30 years

06/24/2016

Indian cities are growing rapidly in terms of population and size. One of the unique characteristics of India's urbanisation is that we have latecomer's advantage. Most countries in the world urbanised much earlier. We have the opportunity to learn from their experience and put the latest technology to use to support our urbanisation.

Planning for smart cities? Here’s the India readiness guide

02/11/2016

Setting the platform for collaboration between local government and technology providers, the Smart Cities Council India on Wednesday launched the Indian readiness guide to help urban planners understand the framework of a smart city and take steps to improve infrastructure.

Selection of 'smart cities' process most credible: Pratap Padode

01/31/2016

Pratap Padode, founder of the consulting firm ‘Smart Cities Council’ in India believes the selection of the cities said the selection process was most transparent and it was a credible exercise.Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu announced the first list of 20 cities today that will be developed to have basic infrastructure. Assured water and power supply, sanitation and solid waste management systems, efficient urban mobility and public transportation, IT connectivity, e-governance and citizen participation are some of the highlights of the initiative.

Funds for winning cities to be made available by year end: Director, Smart Cities Council

01/31/2016

Indian government has unveiled the list of 20 smart cities that will be the first to receive funds among the 100 cities listed by the Modi government. The 20 smart cities are Bhuvneshwar, Pune, Jaipur, Surat, Cochin, Ahmedabad, Jabalpur, Vishakapatnam, Sholapur, Dhavangiri, Indore, NDMC, Coimbatore, Kakinada, Belgaum, Udaipur, Guwahati, Chennai, Ludhiana & Bhopal.

FIRST? LIST OF 20 SMART CITIES? UNLEASHES US$ 7.4 BILLION

01/31/2016

The Central government has announced the list of the first cities which will be developed as Smart Cities. Belagavi (Karnataka), Udaipur, Guwahati, Chennai, Ludhiana and Bhopal, Surat, Kochi, Ahmedabad, Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh), Visakhapatnam, Solapur (Maharashtra), Davanagere (Karnataka), Indore, New Delhi Municipal Council (Delhi), Coimbatore, Kakinada (Andhra Pradesh), Bhubaneswar, Pune and Jaipur. Bhubaneswar topped the list followed by Pune and Jaipur.

Smart Cities Council to launch India Readiness Guide on February 10

01/18/2016

The Smart Cities Council India, which has been formed to promote development of smart cities, on Wednesday said it would release the India Readiness Guide on February 10 that will help urban planners understand the framework of a smart city and take steps to improve infrastructure.

Mandatory rooftop solar power plants for govt buildings

12/30/2015

The increasing viability of rooftop solar power plants and their multiple benefits could be a game changer for the country. In view of this, the Chhattisgarh Government has taken a vital step and has decided to make rooftop solar power plants mandatory for new buildings of government, semi-government establishments and institutional bodies from January 1, 2016 onwards in the state.

E-tolls are here!

12/30/2015

Soon, waiting in the long queue with money in hand or finding the exact change for paying the tolls will be thing of the past pan India. Yes, you have read it right. The Indian Highways Management Company Limited (IHMCL) is in talks with the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to bring out a model for nationwide rolling of e-toll (electronic toll).

Only 10 smart cities may get funds from Centre this year

12/10/2015

The National Democratic Alliance government is getting ready to scale down the size and speed of its signature Smart City Mission, if the need arises. Not keen to delay
the project, the Centre may fund only 10 cities, instead of the proposed 20, in the first year, if proposals don’t match quality yardsticks.

‘There are islands of excellence in this lake of frustration’

09/17/2015

Pratap Padode, Founder Director, Smart Cities Council India expressed his strong optimism in the Smart Cities concept, while laying aside scepticism by recalling ancient Indian architecture. He also spoke about the various initiatives taken by select corporate and civic bodies across the country that cultivate a culture of smart innovations.

GHMC corrects absenteeism by introducing biometric attendance

09/16/2015

Addressing the audience at the National Conclave on Smart Technologies in Hyderabad in late August, the GHMC commissioner Somesh Kumar explained how the biometric attendance system helped the Corporation not only improve productivity, cut down on absenteeism but also save cost in the process. Read to find out how the cost of the BAS machines were recovered in mere 15 days.

Creating Smart Cities in India is no 'rocket science', says IBM India chief

09/07/2015

IBM has done over 2,500 Smart Cities projects around the world and they are bringing this experience to India programme. IBM is working closely with the Indian government on institutional capacity building. IBM believes that most of the 'Smart Cities' projects are self-sustaining.

SCC India portal launched at regional workshop by Urban development ministry

09/03/2015

In picture (From left to right) Ashok Srivastava of Asian Development Bank, Barjor Mehta from The World Bank and Pratap Padode, Founder SCC India. This website will fulfill the need for knowledge on smart cities for ULBs, smart cities practitioners, solution providers, urban planners, consultants, architects, builders and so on.

Funds released for ‘Smart Cities’

09/02/2015

The Ministry of Urban Development released Rs 200 crore for each of the 98 cities which have recently been nominated under the ‘Smart Cities’ Mission. Releasing the release order for the funds in the presence of Mayors, Municipal Commissioners and other ULBs, Minister Venkaiah Naidu urged,' Use this money to create your city development plans and use this wisely. City leaders will have to be proactive and create an atmosphere of confidence among the citizens that their city is indeed set for a renewal. The path is difficult and therefore we need the ULB leaders to be dynamic.'

Bengaluru, Kolkata miss Smart City list

08/28/2015

Bengaluru and Kolkata are among the top cities that did not make it to the list of 98 that have been nominated for the government’s ambitious Smart City project. Only the Lutyens zone covered by the New Delhi Municipal Council has been named as a contender, leaving out the larger part of Delhi under the Municipal Corporation of Delhi. Other prominent cities that failed to make the cut are Shimla, Gangtok, Patna, Thiruvananthapuram, Puducherry and Itanagar. Even Gurgaon and Noida, seen as technology hubs, are not part of the list.

Smart Cities Council India and Govt of Telangana host 'National Conclave on Smart Technologies'

08/23/2015

The smart cities mission has clearly brought into focus the need for use of technologies for delivering urban services to citizens while conserving resources and building self-sustainability. Smart Cities Council India at the behest of Government of Telangana, is hosting the ' National Conclave on Smart Technologies' (NCST) to showcase technologies which can be used in 600 municipalities across India.

List of 100 smart cities to be out by September 1, says Venkaiah Naidu

08/23/2015

Hyderabad: The government is set to announce by September 1 the names of urban centres that would figure in the list of 100 smart cities, a flagship scheme of the Narendra Modi administration. "By September 1, the list of 100 cities will be announced officially. It is almost ready," Union Minister of Urban Development and Housing M Venkaiah Naidu said on Saturday.

The top 10 implementation challenges for smart cities in India

07/23/2015

Having recognised that cities are the engines of growth and are drawing a million people every minute from rural areas, the Government has introduced the ‘Smart City Challenge’, handing over the onus of planned urbanisation to the states. In the approach to the Smart Cities Mission, the objective is to promote cities that provide core infrastructure and offer quality of life to citizens, a clean and sustainable environment and application of ‘smart’ solutions. Those states that measure up to the guidelines and nominate cities could get funding of Rs 100 crore per year per city for the next five years.

Challenges of Digital India: Some heads-up for Narendra Modi

07/06/2015

Narendra Modi launched his 1.13 lakh crore Digital India initiative on July 3 with a vision to digitally empower each and every citizen of the country. Though the plan is ready and we are good to go, but is it that easy to transform words written on a 'white paper' into a reality? Know all about the challenges of the grand mission before putting your foot forward to become digitally empowered. 1. The foremost challenge is to increase digital literacy in the country.

NE Smart City Conclave

07/06/2015

A smart city should be one that places the cultural development of a city as its central theme and ensures that citizens have an access to all facilities in a smart manner, said VK Pipersenia while inaugurating the North East Smart City Conclave organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) here on Saturday.

Smart cities to succeed on inter-state competition: Padode

07/02/2015

With PM Narendra Modi pressing the need of smart cities, dreaming of 100 smart cities remains no more a far-fetched reality. Speaking to CNBC-TV18, Pratap Padode, Founder and Director of the Smart Cities Council of India, discusses the various criteria for the Smart City programme.

States get four months to identify potential smart cities

07/02/2015

The Union government has indicated timelines for its smart city project to take off. Going by these, said a source, the first list of 20 such places to be chosen might be finalised by March 2016. States and Union Territories have got four months to come up with their list of places which they think deserve to be among these 100 smart cities, it is learnt, by October-November 2015. A valuation of the plans will determine the final 100.

Smart Cities: Need big pockets to fulfil PM Modi's dream!

07/01/2015

Everyone believes in Prime Minister Modi's '100 Smart Cities' project. And why won't they. According to Pratap Padode, founder and director of Smart Cities Council of India, smart cities project is just like the umbrella project, which covers NaMo government's remaining schemes such as Digital India, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and thus would result in significant growth of the country.