Smart Cities

Smart Cities fellowship launched

Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri launched Smart Cities fellowship and internship programmes. The internship and fellowship would provide the youth with an opportunity to experience various aspects of urban planning and governance. The ‘Interns’ shall be a part of the Smart Cities Mission.

Govt launches LAP and TPS for 25 smart cities

To fast track the resolution of area based infrastructure issues, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has launched the Local Area Plan (LAP) and Town Plan Schemes (TPS) for 25 smart cities in the country. Under which the ministry will provide ` 2 crore as central assistance to every city for planned urban expansion. The LAP and TPS has been formulated under AMRUT.

‘CITIIS’ Challenge Announced by MoHUA

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) announced a new ‘Cities Investment To Innovate, Integrate and Sustain’ (CITIIS) challenge to identify top projects in 15 of the 100 selected smart cities. The projects will receive an additional funding of approximately ?80 crore each. The new funding will be financed by a €100 million loan from the French government.

India Infrastructure Expo 2018

Union Minister of Railways, Coal, Finance & Corporate Affairs, Piyush Goyal inaugurated India Infrastructure Expo 2018 at the NCPA, Mumbai. The 2-day expo is being organised by the Department of Economic Affairs & Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI). The expo included details on Smart Cities, Sagarmala, Bharatmala, Ganga Rejuvenation Plan & the River Linking project.

EDMC gets SKOCH Award under solid waste mgmt

East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) won Order-of-Merit Awards from SKOCH under solid waste management category for its construction and demolition waste processing plant. The waste plant at Shastri Park processes 500 tonnes of construction waste per day & converts it into products such as bricks, stone, sand etc. The plant is in line with Swachh Bharat Mission and Smart City inititaive.

Shillong get selected as 100th Smart City

Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya has been selected as 100th Smart City. Till now, 99 smart cities had been selected in four rounds of competition and with this announcement, selection of 100 cities has been completed under the Smart Cities Mission. The total proposed investment in the finally selected 100 cities would be Rs.2,05,018 crores.

PM dedicated expanded Bhilai Plant to Nation

PM Modi inaugurated the Integrated Command and Control Centre at Naya Raipur Smart City, Chhattisgarh. Prime Minister dedicated the modernized and expanded Bhilai Steel Plant, to the nation. He laid the foundation stone for IIT Bhilai. He also unveiled a plaque to mark the commencement of phase-2 of BharatNet. The Prime Minister inaugurated air services between Jagdalpur and Raipur.

10th smart city centre in Naya Raipur

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the country’s 10th Smart City Integrated Command and Control Centre at Naya Raipur. Naya Raipur is the upcoming capital city of Chhattisgarh and the country’s first smart greenfield city. Nine other cities under Integrated Command and Control Centre are in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Pune, Nagpur, Rajkot, Visakhapatnam, Bhopal and Kakinada.

Smart Cities India 2018

The 4th Smart Cities India 2018 Expo has kicked off in New Delhi. The event, consisting 5 expos is being held with a vision to help develop attractive and safe cities that evoke pride, passion and a sense of belonging among citizens. The 5 expos are, Building India Expo, Solar India Expo, Transport India Expo, Smart Cities India Expo and Water India Expo.

First integrated smart cities control centre

Madhya Pradesh has launched country’s first Integrated Control & Command Centre for all the 7 smart cities of the state in Bhopal. The centre would enable authorities to monitor the status of various smart civic amenities in real-time through the sensors connected to it. Smart City Mission, is an urban renewal program by the govt that aims to develop 100 smart cities across the country.

Diu Smart City runs 100% on renewable energy

The Diu Smart City has become the first city in India that runs on 100 percent renewable energy during the daytime.The city has developed a 9-MW solar park, besides installing solar panels on the rooftops on 79 government buildings, generating 1.3 MW annually. Diu also offers its residents a subsidy of ` 10,000-50,000 for installing 1-5-KW rooftop solar panels.

India, Sweden to cooperate in Smart Cities

India & Sweden have agreed to deepen their cooperation in Smart Cities initiative, transport & energy sectors.The 2 countries will exchange knowledge & explore cooperation on smart cities, including transit-oriented urban development, air pollution control & waste management. Both sides will also exchange know-how & explore cooperation in areas of electro-mobility as well as renewable fuels

India, Germany sign pact

India signed a MoU with Germany to develop modules for providing urban basic services and housing for smart cities.The MoU would develop and apply concepts for sustainable urban development providing urban basic services and housing in select cities as well as smart cities in India.GIZ would contribute up to 8 million for the project which would run for a period of three years.

First Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra

India’s first Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra for Skilling in Smart Cities was inaugrated in New Delhi in collaboration with New Delhi Municipal Council. This centre, located at Mandir Marg, Delhi, is an exemplary heritage building. The centre will be managed by Orion Edutech, which is NSDC affiliated training partner. Orion has its network of over 275 skill development centres across India.

Impact of smart city projects

To measure quality & impact of ongoing smart city projects, Centre will hold a contest carrying total prize money of Rs. 50 lakh. A contest is aimed at recognising & rewarding cities, projects & innovative ideas that promote goals of Smart City Mission. Housing & urban affairs ministry has circulated a concept note & guidelines on ‘India Smart Cities Awards Contest, 2017’ to all States & UT’s

Maharashtra Government to provide as many as 1,200 wi-fi hotspots in Mumbai

Chief Minister of Maharastra Government Mr. Devendra Fadnavis has stated that Maharashtra government will provide as many as 1,200 wi-fi hotspots in the megapolis as a part of transforming Mumbai into a Smart City. As the state government wants to make Mumbai a wi-fi city by May 2017 with 1,200 hotspots at important places. While out of the total of 1,200 hotspots, 500 will be operational in the first phase by November 2016.

Urband Development Minister announces list of 13 more smart cities

Urban Development Minister Mr. Venkaiah Naidu announces the list of 13 more cities selected in the second batch to be developed as ‘smart cities’. Lucknow tops the list of winners.

Five cities for the implementation of Smart City plans in MP, Rajasthan

Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan Government set up Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV) in five cities for the implementation of Smart City Plans.

First batch 20 Smart Cities announced

Union Minister for Urban Development Mr. Venkaiah Naidu announces 20 cities from 11 States and National Capital Territory of Delhi in the list of first batch of Smart Cities Mission.

Gujarat government signs pact with ZTEsoft for smartcity projects

Gujarat government and Chinese software firm ZTEsoft have entered into an agreement for smartcity projects in the state. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed in Shenzhen during visit Gujarat Chief Minister Anandi Ben Patel with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to China. The agreement was signed by Gujarat’s Industries Commissioner Mamta Verma and ZTEsoft CFO Xu Shan in presence of Gujarat CM along with other state officials. Chinese telecom gear maker ZTE’s software arm, ZTEsoft, and Gujarat government will jointly work to find the target city and area and after technical closure, both team will work together to set up a trial project in the state.

Union Cabinet approves Atal Mission for Rejuvenation

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today approved Central Government spending of about one lakh crore on urban development under two new urban missions over the next five years. The Cabinet has approved the Smart Cities Mission and the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation of 500 cities (AMRUT) with outlays of Rs.48,000 crore and Rs.50,000 crore respectively. Under the Smart Cities Mission, each selected city would get central assistance of Rs.100 crore per year for five years. Smart City aspirants will be selected through a ‘City Challenge Competition’. Smart City Action Plans will be implemented by Special Purpose Vehicles(SPV) to be created for each city and state governments will ensure steady stream of resources for SPVs.

Maharashtra collaborates with Israel on Smart Cities

In a key stride in collaboration between the State and Israel, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai agreed to cooperate in building smart cities. Maharashtra has decided to create sustainable and friendly urban spaces that integrate the use of technology, social media, community participation and e-governance to build smart cities of Maharashtra like Nagpur, Mumbai, Amravati, Aurangabad and Nashik to a global standard. Mr. Fadnavis will attend an exhibition on agricultural technology, Agritech Israel 2015, and explore areas of co-operation including in emergency preparations and crises management technologies. Agritech Israel 2015 is one of the world’s most important exhibitions in the field of agricultural technologies.