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Smart City Mission: 97 cities have submitted smart city plans
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With the Tamil Nadu Government submitting 12 smart cities plan to Ministry of Urban Development, the total submission under the Smart City Mission has risen to 97 cities. Uttar Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir are still to nominate one city each for inclusion in the Smart City Mission. Telangana Government wants to replace Hyderabad by another city.
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Mumbai's smart city prototype gets go-ahead
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Bhendi Bazaar Redevelopment Project, a Rs 4,000-crore smart city prototype around Mumbai's popular shopping destination, has got all the clearances to start construction. The 16.5 acre project is estimated to take 10 years to complete, according to officials of Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT) working on the redevelopment plan.
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Smart Cities: Plans and their vision statements
Tourism hub to cycle capital: Cities lay out ‘smart’ vision
Smart City plans throw up a range of vision statements

Smart City plans throw up a range of vision statements
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Smart City Plans for 95 cities received in the Ministry of Urban Development have thrown up a variety of vision statements ranging from becoming clean and green to being a multi-functional tribal hub.

A perusal of Smart City Plans of 50 cities revealed that 11 cities aimed at emerging as clean, green and sustainable cities followed by 9 cities seeking to leverage rich cultural heritage legacy for stimulating development, 8 cities stating economic growth and development upfront as the core of their vision and the rest seeking to emerge as tourism hubs, port cities, education and health hubs, industrial and institutional centres etc., taking advantage of unique features and strengths of respective cities. Promoting economic development, improving quality of life and enabling inclusive urbanization is mentioned as part of the vision by most of the cities.

As required under the Mission Guidelines, each of the Mission Cities has formulated City Vision Statement based on citizen consultations.

New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) in its vision statement aimed at emerging as the global bench mark for a capital city.

Aligarh (UP) envisaged becoming an economically vibrant, environment-friendly smart city while conserving heritage and culture, by promoting communal harmony and sustainable urban infrastructure.

Dahod (Gujarat) sought to emerge as a dynamic Dahod and a multi-functional activity hub for tribals.

Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) seeks to be a healthy metropolis while Warangal in neighbouring Telangana is keen to emerge as vibrant regional economic hub besides being clean and green.

Lucknow is keen about emerging as a clean, green and efficient citizen centric city with a modern economy and outlook anchored in its tradition, heritage and culture with better quality of life.

City vision statements State-wise are given below:

Arunchal Pradesh:

Pasighat : A well managed clean, green, environment friendly city with a character of its own defined by scenic beauty, intellectual capital, eco-friendly tourism and an inclusive capital.

Andhra Pradesh:

Kakinada : To transform from Pensioners’ Paradise to economic destination

Tirupati: A right place to live, work and visit with a high quality core infrastructure in an inclusive manner, which is intelligently and efficiently managed to convert the holy city into a smart city.

Bihar:

Biharshariff: To emerge as a tourism gateway

Chandigarh: Seeks to be an ideal city which is innovative, distinct and dynamic, economically vibrant, accessible and livable.

Chattisgarh:

Bilaspur: To be the cultural capital of the city.

Goa:

Panaji: To be transformed into a world class, environmentally sustainable and inclusive city while preserving its heritage, cultural diversity and ecosystems through innovation and smart solutions.

Gujarat:

Gandhinagar: An institutional hub with diversified economic base that provides equitable setting for all to live and work with better quality of life and infrastructure.

Rajkot: To become a sustainable, modern, affordable, resilient and technology driven smart city.

Surat: Providing equal access to best quality physical and social infrastructure and efficient mobility through state of the art technology.

Vadodara: To be a sustainable and clean city with an efficient, sophisticated, skilled and people centric administration offering best quality services to its citizens.

Haryana:

Karnal : To become economically flourishing while embedded in culture and history.
Himachal Pradesh:

Dharamshala: To be a smart, sustainable and resilient city with a global imprint and enhanced quality of life for its residents.

Jharkhand:

Ranchi: To develop as an industrial centre through inclusive growth practices to enhance quality of life by adopting smart and sustainable methodology.

Karnataka:

Mangaluru: To be a clean and green port city, nurtured by a vibrant community and educated and industrious citizens with pluralistic cultural heritage and health care services, using eco-friendly technologies for affordable, safe and quality urban life.

Davanagere: Aspires to be a city where LIFE nestles. L-Livable, convenient and safe; I-Inclusive; F-Financially vibrant and futuristic; E-Edutainment, Economic prosperity and Environment friendly.

Hubbali-Dharwad: To be the growth engine of North Karnataka by unlocking city’s potential and leveraging locational advantage and human resources.

Belagavi: A livable, inclusive and vibrant city with access for all citizens to good quality and affordable physical and social infrastructure and employment opportunities.

Madhya Pradesh:

Indore: To enter an era of rejuvenation by envigorating city’s rich cultural and economic heritage and innovation in spatially restructured and sustainable urban development, mobility, environment, infrastructure, governance and citizen services for better living.

Sagar: Revitalize the city as a regional commercial mode creating new business opportunities and vibrant living spaces for safe and connected communities.

Maharashtra:

Kalyan –Dombivili: To facilitate a convenient living habitat for its citizens with excellent transit facilities and enable easy access to other parts of Mumbai Metropolitan Region.

Odisha:

Bhubaneswar: To promote responsible governance through participatory decision-making and open access to information and technology.

Roukela: To develop as an industrial centre through inclusive growth practices to enhance quality of life of the people by adopting smart and sustainable methodology.

Puducherry:

Oulgaret: To emerge as the most preferred tourism and green industry smart city evolved on the concept of ‘work-live-learn-play’ environment.

Punjab :

Amritsar: To be a vibrant heritage city with world class and eco-friendly infrastructure leading to enhanced economic growth through responsive resource management making it a clean and green city.

Rajasthan:

Jaipur: Aspires to leverage its heritage and tourism, through innovative and inclusive solutions, to enhance the quality of life.

Kota: To ensure high quality life through creation of inclusive social and economic opportunities, enabled by infrastructure and governance.

Udaipur: To be the ‘Eternal Udaipur’ and world’s favourite lakeside heritage city.

Tamil Nadu:

Tiruppur: To be the textile and apparel smart city where enterprise and social collaboration thrive helping its people live, learn and work better by using leading technologies.

Thoothukudi: Most preferred port based and industrial smart city evolved on the concept of ‘work-learn-live-play’ environment.

Tiruchirapalli: To be the transportation hub of Tamil Nadu with state-of-art infrastructure, enhanced inter and intra city connectivity and better quality of life.

Uttarakhand:

Dehradun: To establish the city as eco-friendly knowledge hub of the region, infusing technology for providing timely and accurate information to citizens and authorities for decision making and improving the ease of doing business for promoting tourism.

Uttar Pradesh:

Agra: To further consolidate as a world class heritage city with increased economic opportunities for all citizens.

Bareilly: To be an economically vibrant city with high public safety, clean environment and eco-friendly mobility.

Kanpur: To enhance the identity of the city and provide better quality of life through governance, social, spatial, economic and environmental impacts.

Rampur: To unleash the full potential of the city besides emerging as a clean, green and smart Rampur.

Moradabad: To make a global impression as a clean, green and smart brass city with best quality of life for citizens.

Saharanpur: Promoting and developing local art and skills by engaging citizens in smart development enabled by the use of technology in city governance and management for better living.

West Bengal:

Bidhannagar: Clean, green, safe, socially embracing, livable and progressive city attracting new age service professionals.

Durgapur: To be clean, green and smart Durgapur.
Haldia: To be the sustainable and smart port city. A city to enjoy and grow.
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Smart cities: The mobility roadmap
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An examination of the proposals that are currently being evaluated by the MoUD show that a large number of cities have proposed to create more pedestrian zones.
Indian cities should discourage cars completely, not just restrict them
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LED Streetlights to Automated Parking – New Delhi has a Municipal Budget
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Kumar, who presented his maiden budget, said the allocation for capital expenditure has been increased by 115 per cent from Rs 191.93 crore in revised estimates of 2015-16 to Rs 412.47 in budget estimates for 2016-17. Installation of LED streetlights, automated parking facility, construction of disabled friendly public toilet units, transformation of sub-ways into vibrant spaces with ATMs, cloud-based Hospital Management Information System (HIMS) for the civic body’s health care units, health camps for employees and skill training centre are among the projects that were announced in previous budget and have been “repackaged” for this edition.
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The ambitious project announced last year for replacement of existing electricity poles with Smart Street Poles having Wi-Fi points, smart LEDs and CCTVs for city surveillance, took a back seat after NDMC’s allocation of tender was challenged before High Court.
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With a provision of Rs 187.71 crore for education services, NDMC has announced to develop smart classrooms, provide e-learning solutions in NDMC schools and make the curriculum digitally available to facilitate teaching.

The smart classroom project will also include virtual-labs, interactive white boards and digital library.
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Smart Cities Council to launch India Readiness Guide on February 10
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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.

Speaking at an event here Pratap Padode, founder and director, Smart Cities Council, said the India Readiness Guide is the first collaborative and comprehensive framework for a smart city, against which cities in India can assess their readiness to innovate. He described the guide as a conceptual roadmap to address growth strategies by focusing on policies that unite key areas such as energy, transportation, water and public safety.
2nd Smart Cities India 2016 to showcase smarter solutions for a better city
WebNMS to showcase its open IoT platform for smart city applications at the India Electronics Week, Bengaluru
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Use small-scale, evolving technology for smart city plan: Expert
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Instead of adopting large-scale technologies from big corporate players, India's smart city plan should incorporate "appropriate technologies" that are smaller in scale and can evolve with new innovations at minimum cost, says an Indian-origin US-based sustainability expert.

"Going for appropriate technologies and not the large scale solutions... opting for smaller technologies and enabling technology.

"This means creating an information infrastructure, data infrastructure on which a lot of small-scale firms and individuals can develop their own applications," Subhrajit Guhathakurta, director of the Center for Geographic Information Systems at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the US, said here.

"And by institutionalising that infrastructure, you have different solutions coming in from different places that you may not even know of."

Guhathakurta, a professor of city and regional planning as well as an expert in geospatial technologies, was speaking at the international symposium on "Livable habitat and sustainable infrastructure: A key to smart city growth".

Highlighting some "cautionary tales" in the smart city concept seen across the globe, Guhathakurta vouched for technologies that evolve.

"You buy some big technology from a big corporate player, you are locked in to that technology because it is expensive to shift.

"They should evolve with new innovations at minimum cost," he said, adding that India's smart city plan was "mostly about good planning and a very small component is about technology".
The 4 Types of Cities and How to Prepare Them for the Future

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How Smart Cities can offer smart solutions for your safety

Police contemplates to make Nagpur safe like Hong Kong
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According to Police Commissioner S P Yadav, the policedepartment would set up a control room on the pattern of Hong Kongcity to monitor over 701 close circuit TV cameras to be installed atthe earliest at all strategic locations and vital installations inthe town.
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The CCTVs connected to control room would undertake itsintegration with e-Global Information System (GIS), GlobalPositioning System (GPS) and Automatic Vehicle Number Plate Capture,he informed.
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Rajasthan First State to Submit Smart City Plan
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Investment outlays proposed for developing three cities as smart cities are Kota - Rs. 1,493 crore, Ajmer - Rs. 1,300 crore and Udaipur - Rs. 1,221 crore.

Smart City proposal for Jaipur will be submitted later in the evening. Investment proposed for Jaipur is Rs. 2,403 crore. In all, Rajasthan has proposed a total investment of Rs. 6,457 crore for five years for developing four cities as Smart Cities.
Maharashtra cities set unrealistic funding targets for smart city projects
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Of the 10 cities, Mumbai has sent in the most conservative proposal worth Rs.1,118 crore, though it has India’s richest municipal body with an annual budget (2015-16) of Rs.33,514 crore.
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Thane, the city on Mumbai’s north, has proposed a Rs.6,630 crore pSmart City plans throw up a range of vision statementslan under smart city and AMRUT missions. Of this, the civic body has factored in a whopping Rs.4,375 crore through what it calls ‘private finance’.
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Even Nagpur, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’s hometown, has submitted proposals worth Rs.3,351 crore of which Rs.737 crore is estimated to be in the form of a grant from the centre and the state.
Pune a Smart City was between Rs 3,630 crore and Rs 3,860 crore

Panaji to submit Smart City proposal of Rs 981.11 crore

Vizag seeks RS 1,584 cr from Centre for smart city project

Bidhannagar submitted Rs 2,981 crore plan to the centre
Bhubaneswar Smart City investment plan is over Rs.4537 crores

Chandigarh submits smart city proposal of Rs. 2,500 crores

New Delhi Municipal Council seeks Rs 1,800 crore fund for Smart City plan

Ghaziabad Smart City plan of Rs 1,120 crore sent to Centre
Faridabad prepares Rs 1,486-cr proposal for smart city project
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Maharashtra: Rs 29,647 cr proposals for 'Smart City' proj; Mumbai's lowest
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Ten major cities in Maharashtra, including Mumbai, have submitted their estimated proposals worth Rs 29,647.45 crore for the Central government-funded 'Smart City' project.

However, the Mumbai proposal estimate of just Rs 1,118 crore is the lowest among all the ten cities. The Thane Municipal Corporation's proposal with an estimate of Rs 6,630 crore tops the list, followed by Amravati worth Rs 5,305 crore and Nagpur - Rs 3,409 crore.
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The 'Smart City' proposal submitted by BMC has far lower estimate even than that of Aurangabad city, which is around Rs 1,595.5 crore. The other cities to submit their estimated proposals include Pune - Rs 2,932 crore, Solapur - Rs 2,921 crore, Kalyan-Dombivali - Rs 2,057 crore, Nashik - Rs 1,945 crore and Navi Mumbai - Rs 1,734 crore.
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IIT Kharagpur and Japan’s NSRI ink a deal on working on smart city development plans
We aim to offer an integrated smart city platform: Hitachi Data Systems
We Aim At Creating Smart Cities Safer: NEC Head
Canon India steps into surveillance domain with new intelligent network cameras
Surveillance is more than just installing security cameras: Rajesh Khurana, Seagate Technology


US firms may invest in four smart cities
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Microsoft brings together start-ups to offer solutions for smart cities in Telangana
Concerted momentum is accelerating in India with IoT , says IBM’s Pete Karns
Connode and Intel Engage with Reliance in Mumbai Smart City Network
Smart city project in Mumbai gets underway
Digital India to propel economy to its best era: Oracle
Cisco Systems Inc.: CH2M and Cisco Strategic Relationship in India
We are innovating for India’s digitisation: Cisco’s Dinesh Malkani
Cisco India: Attempting to double revenues
Surveillance is more than just installing security cameras: Rajesh Khurana, Seagate Technology
Avaya Techathon 2015 aims to make Indian cities ‘Smart’
Avaya’s EDP offers smart foundation for communication framework: Vijay Mhaskar
Semtech and Tata Communications Partner to Build Internet of Things Network in India
Cityzenith Partners with GlobalLogic to Launch Next-Gen 5D IoT Platform for Smart Cities
Smart City has to be a ‘Safe City’ for attracting private investment: Verint Systems
After Statue of Unity, US construction major Turner eyes India’s ‘smart cities’
Turner eyes $2 billion construction volume by 2016 end from India; bullish on 100 smart City mission
Wi-SUN Alliance Expands Support for Smart Cities Worldwide


Ficci: IT, ITeS to boost India-Central Europe business ties

UK to help government to develop three smart cities in India
Scottish cos offer expertise in setting up smart cities

France to provide over 2 bn euros for Smart City projects
Schneider’s big bet on smart energy
Schneider Electric seeks to transform Indian business landscape with Internet of Things solutions

India and Germany WebNMS to showcase its open IoT platform for smart city applications at the India Electronics Week
Siemens signs MoU with IL&FS, GIFTCL
Smart cities, energy and mobility our target areas: Siemens India CEO
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German elevator maker to set up local plant as Modi's reforms boost urbanization

India-Sweden tie-up for smart urbanisation
Sweden keen to provide clean tech to India: Swedish Consul General
Ericsson says will strengthen focus on smart cities, Digital India
Ericsson India Forms Industry And Society Division For Smart City
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Ericsson to focus on smart cities, Digital India

CII, Spanish consortium ink MoU for smart cities
ABB eyes opportunities in smart city projects
Big opportunity in making India energy efficient: Ravichandran Purushothaman of Danfoss


Israel's "start-up city" to help with urban transformation in the Indian cities of Pune, Nagpur and Nashik

Malaysia proposes $30 billion investment in urban development


China for business partnership in Jharkhand
Shenzhen govt to invest $200 m in Gujarat smart city projects
Huawei to help India to build ICT for smart cities


TCS Digital Software & Solutions Group Introduces Smart City Accelerator Solution
Tata Projects eyes smart cities opportunity
Tata Communications shares trends in smart city, IoT, cloud
TCS introduces Smart City Accelerator Solution
Reliance Industries ventures into Internet of Things
Aircel ties up with Tech Mahindra for new service offering
L&T leads the way to make Jaipur India's first smart city
Essel Group Ties Up With FICCI To Boost Smart Cities Mission
Mindteck to Demo Smart Parking at West Bengal Summit
Messung enters building automation business
IM Free Wi-Fi team equipped to make Indore smart city in a year: Digital India’s approval pending
India’s Shuttl Raises $20M To Accelerate Its Smart Shuttle Bus Service
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Ericsson partners with Sterlite Technologies to drive smart sustainable city initiatives in India

US delegation to visit India for Smart Cities Infrastructure Business Development Mission
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NEW DELHI: Eyeing to expand presence in India's urban development sector US Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews will lead a delegation of 18 top American companies on a Smart Cities Infrastructure Business Development Mission across three cities next month.
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The companies that will join Andrews on this trade mission are Alcoa Inc. - New York, Aquatech International - Canonsburg, Black & Veatch Pvt. Ltd. - Overland Park, Convalt, Danaher Holding (DHR), Ecolab/NALCO, EI Technologies, LLC, MasterCard, Milbank Manufacturing, Opower, Inc, Owenscorning India Private Limited, Qualcomm, S2 Global-OSI Solutions, Silver Spring Networks, Smart Cities Council, Turner Project Management India Pvt. Ltd and Xylem Inc.
France and India join forces for smart cities and smarter relations
Corbusier link: France wants best ‘Smart City’ status for Chandigarh

Smart city: JMC, Nottingham City Council sign agreement

Investors hail Pune, infra spot of bother
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Haryana signs 8 MoUs in China, smart-cities, industrial parks on cards
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BEIJING: Haryana is expecting a spike in foreign investments from China after eight MoUs were signed today with top companies to set up a $10 billion industrial park and smart cities in the state during Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar's trip to woo investors here.

These MoUs were signed with top Chinese companies like Wanda Group, China Land Development Company Private Limited, and ZTE Corporation.
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Wanda Group will invest a total of USD 10 billion to develop "Wanda Industrial New City" over an area of approximately 13 square kilometers.
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Smart Cities: Closer to execution, but challenges galore
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Many MNCs and countries have shown interest in helping some cities as the projected benefits are very high. A high-powered expert committee (HPEC) on investment estimates in urban infrastructure has assessed a per-capita investment cost (PCIC) of Rs 43,386 for a 20-year period. Using an average figure of 1 million people in each of the 100 smart cities, the total estimate of investment requirement for the smart city comes to Rs 7 lakh crore over 20 years (with an annual escalation of 10 per cent from 2009-10 to 2014-15). This translates into an annual requirement of Rs 35,000 crore.

Multi-layer co-ordination

The Centre has handed over the planned urbanisation to the state governments, including land acquisition. The states have to manage the funds on one hand and on the other, they may have to face opposition from local civic bodies as development of cities and provision of infrastructure and utility services etc are in the arena of the local municipality.
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The three-tier authorities with their varied powers, PPP format of project with multiple permissions, newer concept and lot of investor interest etc create a big list of stake holders in the mission. Though there is an Special Purpose Vehicle, there are chances of legal issues emerging at any stage. In the absence of a special or separate legal framework, the issues could grow out of proportion engulfing the entire process.

“A regulatory body should be set up for all utility services so that a level-playing field is made available to the private sector and tariffs are set in a manner that balances financial sustainability with quality,” Adds Padode. According to Pradip Bhattacharya, chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs, cyber security crime will be a major challenge for Smart Cities, making it imperative to replace traditional laws with modern ones focusing on crimes related to digital information.
Cities Looking to Harness Smart Technologies Should Start Small
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