SCC in the News

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.

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


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


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


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.