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Devendra Fadnavis in London: A smart city bigger than Mumbai in the works
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Acquisition of land will not pose a hurdle in the “smart cities” project in Maharashtra, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said Friday revealing ambitious plans of the Maharashtra government for the “City Naina” project, a city bigger than the commercial capital of India Mumbai. Fadnavis was speaking after addressing an event in London where he interacted with chief executive officers (CEOs) of different organisations.
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Anil Ambani's defence dream blooms
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The Maharashtra government has allotted 290 acres of land at Mihan near Nagpur for the development of India's first smart city for the defence sector known as Dhirubhai Ambani Aerospace Park (DAAP). The cost of the park would be Rs 6,500 crore.
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After government's Smart City project comes Beacon Panchayat to showcase ideal village
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NEW DELHI: After Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious Smart City project, the government has now come up with an innovative scheme for the lowest planning unit - the gram panchayat. The government would develop Beacon Panchayat - at least one in each state - and showcase how an ideal panchayat functions.
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Modi's 'Smart City' idea is passé, Chhattisgarh's big plan - 'Super Smart City' Bhilai
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The big innovation being tried out by the Chhattisgarh government with the Super Smart concept is that the funding for the mega project will be primarily funded by Bhilai Municipal Corporation’s own resources.

Also, the centralisation of centrally funded schemes like Clean India Mission, AMRUT mission and Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojana is also a novel feature of the plan. This will help in focused development of the city.
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Bangalore realty gets startup boost with smart city option
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Emprasa would be Bangalore’s 1st smart city dedicated to the startups. It is a place where Innovation hub, startups, VCs, Incubators will get the startup ecosystem together. The total size of the project is 48 acres with 5,000 co-housing and 5,000 co-working spaces. World class amenities are being planned within the complex like a 5-star hotel, 3-star service apartments, multi-specialty hospital, convention & business center; training center, multiplexes and theaters, retail shops, food courts and restaurant, gym and Olympic size swimming pool and indoor and outdoor sports facilities, etc.
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State govt to foster 10 Intelligent Cities
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“Besides the four cities in the race for Smart City tag, six other towns - Asansol, Bolpur, Siliguri, Howrah and Baruipur- have been chosen to be developed as Intelligent Cities.”
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Kochi Media City plans television hub, media school
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The first ever media city in India will house television stations, entertainment and movie production facilities and media education facilities like media schools has been planned in Kochi, Kerala, home to the Smart City project being developed by Tecom. Modelled after the UK and Dubai Media cities, the Koch Media City project in Kochi, is being developed by Insight Media India, with the investment of major Non-Resident Indian investors and professionals who have worked in the UAE media.
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Bhilai to be developed as first super smart city in Chhattisgarh: Raman Singh
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RAIPUR: Bhilai will be first super smart city to be developed on its own fiscal resources, while keeping the cities neat and clean with people's participation itself makes them smart cities, said Chhattisgarh chief minister addressing a day-long workshop of people's representatives and officers of urban bodies on Tuesday.
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Palghar to get a smart city-like makeover
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The state government has decided to give a facelift to the newly formed Palghar district by extending the parameters of the smart city project. A part of the tribal development budget would be specially earmarked to ensure the region’s development, keeping in mind the environmental concerns as also lifestyle.
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Doon Smart City to come up on tea estates
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The Doon Smart City project will come up over 1,200 acres of tea estates at Harbans wala, Arcadia Grant and Kanwali on the Shimla bypass. The government is set to buy land from the private company with which negotiations are in the final stages.
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CIDCO announces Rs 34,000-crore smart city project
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City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) has prepared a plan to develop a smart city in Navi Mumbai and has envisaged an investment of Rs 34,777.40 crore which will be completely funded by the authority.
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UP comes up with Model City scheme
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LUCKNOW: Even as uncertainty looms over the ambitious `smart city' project of the NDA government at the centre, the Akhilesh Yadav government in UP has formalized its very own `model city' scheme. The UP government is learnt to have drawn out a blue print of the facilities which would be provided in the `model cities' proposed to be selected by a panel headed by UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav soon.
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* Major crossings free of encroachment
* Construction of foot path, foot overbridge and underpass for pedestrians.
* Establishment of non-vehicle zones, vending zones
* Construction of bus stops
* Construction of `cycle tracks'

Civic and power
* Proper drainage system
* Domestic waste segregated and recycled.
* Alignment of electricity poles and cables put underground.
* The street lights to have LED bulbs
* Establishment of public toilets and wi-fi at various important markets.

Education
* Repair and maintenance of existing educational institutes
* Repair of primary health centres and hospitals.
* Open spaces to be used for tree plantation
* Water bodies revived and rain water harvesting implemented.

Heritage
* Heritage points conserved
* Local handicrafts promoted on a larger scale.

Housing and Law and Order
* Affordable houses for urban poor.
* Setting up police outposts, electronic surveillance at various key points in the city.
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Smart cities, housing for all flavour of 2015 in urban sector
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A slew of mega projects worth over Rs 4 lakh crore for developing smart cities and towns and providing housing for all in the next seven years besides proposed amendments in real estate rules marked 2015 for the urban development sector.

The government approved various amendments to the contentious Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, 2015, introducing provisions for depositing 70 per cent of the project cost by builders into an escrow account and punishment for violations of the proposed law.

The amendments are aimed at protecting the interest of the buyers and promoting investments in the sector while ensuring transparency.

Another major reform introduced was allocation of central assistance to states and Union Territories based on total urban population and number of statutory urban local bodies besides number of urban poor and slum dwellers in each state.
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Centre gets 85 smart city proposals
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The Ministry of Urban Development on Tuesday said that it has received 85 out of 98 smart city proposals, almost meeting its target of getting 86 proposals, as Tamil Nadu has sought more time to submit 12 proposals on account of floods.

“While 17 proposals were submitted yesterday, 68 proposals were received in the Ministry on Tuesday, the last day for submission,” an official statement said, adding that “Telangana Government has sought to replace Hyderabad in the smart city mission by another city, to be communicated later”.

A senior official in the Ministry told BusinessLine that Telangana wants to now nominate Karimnagar in the second round of the challenge as the State feels that Hyderabad already has good infrastructure.

“It is expected that total investment proposed by the 85 cities which have submitted proposals would be about Rs. 2.50 lakh crore,” the statement added.
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Smart City project may give municipal bonds fresh lifeline
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The finance and urban development ministries are trying to identify cities whose urban local or municipal bodies could issue such bonds to finance specific projects. Such cities must meet norms in this regard of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) and of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
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“A number of Tier-II and III cities have cleaned their books, switched to double accounting and have got audited. This puts them in a position where their bonds could get investment-grade ratings and be able to attract investors,” said a senior official.

Although officials declined to specifically name the cities whose names are being discussed, these are understood to be from Gujarat, Odisha, Andhra, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. The first of such issuances is expected to hit the markets in five-six months.
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Analysts and policy watchers say the market for such bonds has not picked up in India for various reasons, including lack of interest amongst investors, the sorry state of finances of many ULBs, shoddy accounting of the ULBs’ books, bureaucratic hurdles and lack of interest at the central and state levels, and the issue of who will guarantee the bonds.
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Why a Smart City needs smart transport solutions?
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Recently the Delhi government announced that the majority of the road space in Delhi is taken up by cars which constitute only around 1.5% of the total road users. To deal with the issue they announced the redesigning of over 1200 km of roads in the capital at a cost of around INR 5,000 crore. These roads would be designed to promote public transport, cycling and making streets friendly for pedestrians and physically- challenged people. Some of the smart solutions they plan to implement include keeping certain roads only for public transport, increasing the frequency of public buses, installing lifts with glass panel, solar powered street lights, toilet blocks and rain water harvesting system. A cluster scheme for buses would be introduced to meet shortage of buses in the capital. An odd even scheme will be introduced in Delhi from January 1st 2016 for a period of fifteen days to control the ever rising pollution levels there.
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Smart city advisory forum likely to be set up
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The government proposes to establish a ‘Smart City Advisory Forum’ at the city level for all 100 smart cities, it said in reply to Standing Committee on Urban Development’s recommendation on social audit and monitoring of schemes.

The forum aims to advise and enable collaboration among various stakeholders and will include the District Collector, Member of Parliament, Member of Legislative Assembly, Mayor, CEO of Special Purpose Vehicle, local youth, technical experts and members from local areas.
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What Urban India Wants from Its Smart Cities
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It is anything but a surprise; citizens of three out of four cities feel urban mobility (traffic/transport/parking) is among the top three issues a smart city should tackle.



Smart city 2016: Infrastructure, investments are twin forces that make city smart
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Road to smart cities goes via Dharavi, not Chandigarh
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Dharavi teaches how a city grows organically when people move from villages and learn to live and work in the same place. To service their needs, kirana shops, barbers, cycle repair and mobile phone recharging vendors pop up. The strength of Dharavi is its face-to-face sociability where human bonds of inter-dependence are formed with strangers.

Because of historic prejudices, many city regulators do not allow mixed use of land where working and living co-exist. Many do not allow high-rise buildings, which is absurd in a country where land is in short supply. By living vertically we would make horizontal space available for precious common goods — parks, schools, libraries, and public squares — which encourage sociability and friendliness. In a country where the aam admi walks and cycles, we should have generous pavements and bicycle paths. Instead of wasting hundreds of acres on a university for a thousand students, a land-scarce country should have high-rise campuses in the middle of a downtown where students become part of the community.

Most important: a smart city must have freedom, especially autonomy in governance and finances. Today, an Indian city is at the mercy of the state government. The 74th Amendment provides for this political reform but the states have thwarted it. Unless there is an elected mayor accountable to the citizens of a city, the delivery of services to the community will not improve. The municipal commissioner should report to the mayor and not the chief minister. A city should be able to become financially more independent. It must have its ‘own’ sources of revenue, both from taxes and from levying rational user charges for services. It must be entitled to predictable formula-based transfers from state governments as part of revenue-sharing arrangements. It should be able to issue municipal bonds as many cities do around the world.
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Rethinking smart city for have-nots
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New Delhi: What if the city's night shelters became by day places for interaction between potential employers and daily wagers? Or what if the malodorous trash dump became a scientific waste management facility? Or if a physical activity facility for slum children also doubled up as an informal classroom? With a little bit of imagination, urban spaces can actually take on these useful aspects. Indeed, the push for "smart" cities can become more meaningful if ideas like these are implemented as part of urban planning.

Aware that some communities are often left out of a city's development plans, the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) has come up with concepts that can play a vital role in the social inclusion of people living in slums or in impoverished urban quarters. In collaboration with the Korean Cultural Centre, SPA recently organised a design competition called Smart Realities to come up with innovative solutions for such social challenges.

"There is a need to shift focus from the middle class or upper class to communities that are less catered to," says Arunava Dasgupta, head, urban design, SPA. "These people form a considerable part of the city's work force, but are a neglected lot."

Among the neglected are the homeless, often part-time workers and migrant labour. Keeping their needs in mind, Mridula Garg and her team reimagined night shelters as dormitories that could change into multi-utility centres. "By day, the night shelter can become a public space where people can congregate or where vendors can put up stalls," explains Garg. "Since a lot of people who sleep in these shelters are employed at construction sites and similar places, it could also become a labour chowk where people can come and hire daily wagers."



Another project focuses on helping rag-pickers earn a livelihood by selling products made from waste. It is an effort to develop entrepreneurial skills in rag-pickers. "We can develop centres where rag-pickers can be trained to make the most of waste. A street vendor's cart or a kiosk, for example, can easily be made out of waste material," says Aditi Singh, assistant professor, industrial design, SPA. Making effective use of waste is also the objective of the Green Dhalao project. "The eco-friendly dump will have facilities for segregation of waste and composting as well as space for a plant nursery and shops, all within the limited space of a dhalao," says Dasgupta. What is more, such a dhalao will also generate employment.

One concept looks at the daily relationship between water and women. It aims to make women the custodian and facilitator of all water-related activities. "Most slums have community toilet and water facilities. We can convert these into places where women can come to and learn while doing their work. We have thought of separate washing, bathing and toilet areas," elaborates Dasgupta. Water is recycled and used in the toilets there. Importantly, the SPA team has designed special trolleys that women can use to transport drinking water, laundry, and other heavy material. An area for playing and learning for children who accompany the women has been thoughtfully incorporated into the design.

Creating opportunities for children to learn is also the focus of another striking idea. "Slum kids don't have adequate space to play and often spend their time near dirt heaps and garbage," says Shijo Jose, a third-year student at SPA. "On a tiny plot, we can provide a learning and playing centre for kids." The structure created by his team aims to help children aged 5-13 to imbibe lessons even as they play. It consists of a vertical tunnel for fun, backed by a blackboard that NGOs can use for lessons. It can also be fitted with a computer or a tablet. Solar panels generate the required electricity.

Given the importance of power, one of the SPA teams has come up with a compelling suggestion on how to generate electricity. The project proposes a gym in a slum area that also converts into a community centre for locals in the evenings. The idea is to provide inner-city youth access to physical activity while yoking their exertions usefully. "The mechanical energy produced using the gym equipment will be converted into electrical energy using dynamos," explains Dasgupta. "The energy will be stored and used to illuminate the centre and neighbouring areas."

In crammed metros like Delhi, these simple ideas - which not only empower the marginalized but also provide multi-functionalities - can change the quality of life for many. And that perhaps is the true beauty of these purposeful suggestions.
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