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


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


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


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.



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


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


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!


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


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.