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Don't have parking space? Can't buy car: Centre mulls new norms
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NEW DELHI: You may not be allowed to register your new car or any other vehicle unless you produce proof that you have adequate parking space for it, according to a rule that the Centre is looking at introducing in future.
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Urban transport experts have welcomed the intention, but it will be tough implementing such a proposal. First, registration of vehicles is done by state transport departments, but municipal bodies deal with parking issues. Moreover, barring people to buy new vehicles should ideally be preceded with making efficient public transport available.
It is just the challenge of integrating separate software applications of various departments & government bodies dealing with these things independently if such isolated software applications already exist.

By the way, what happened to green cess? If implemeted then should be implemented in such a way without being burden on poor taxi drivers.
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Delhi pedals dream, others implement it
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NEW DELHI: While Delhi was among the first cities to promote the idea of public bicycle sharing, it is yet to prepare a concrete plan about it. In contrast, Bhopal is all set to launch its PBS project next month. With 50 stations spread over 12 kms, 500 bicycles and a central control room, it is going to be country's first large-scale bicycle sharing project.

Mysuru, Pune, Indore, Chennai, Karnal and Jabalpur are among the 20 cities that have proposed PBS as part of their smart city proposals. While Karnal started the pilot PBS last year with 18 stations and 200-plus bicycles, other cities are in various stages of implementing the project for better last-mile connectivity.

As far as Delhi is concerned, little has moved in the last three years during which Delhi government, the south corporation and the Delhi Development Authority have proposed to start PBS, but the plans have remained on paper. The two cycling projects — Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System along the BRT corridor and DMRC's project in the Delhi University area — have failed to popularise this environment-friendly mode of transportation. "These were cycle rental projects, not bicycle sharing," says Anumita Roychowdhury, head of the Centre for Science and Environment's Clean Air campaign. These were unsuccessful due to systemic design issues, such as poor network of stations, the requirement to return the cycle to the station from where it was hired from, maintenance issues, etc, she adds.

Sidhharth Pandit of the National Institute of Urban Affairs agrees and says that there are seven necessary components for success of bicycling in a city. "Physical infrastructure, bicycle parking, transit integration, bike sharing, transit-oriented development through land-use planning, institutional incentives and use of technology are essential components," said Pandit, chair, NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab, NIUA.

Bhopal's PBS will be the first large network, IT-based smart project with a new revenue model that won't be based completely on advertising. "The stations will be connected to a central control room so that cycles can be tracked. In Phase-II, we plan to implement it on an entire 24-km long BRT corridor with more stations in colonies, markets and public places for better last-mile connectivity," says Chandramauli Shukla, CEO, Bhopal Smart City Development Corporation (BSCDCL).

While smaller cities have acknowledged the importance of PBS, Delhi, which has been facing a serious air pollution problem, appears to be dragging its feet.

"Delhi can learn a lot from smallser cities," said Amit Bhatt, head of transport at WRI India, which is assisting BSCDCL. It is also assisting Karnal, Bhubaneswar, Panaji, Indore and Amritsar in implementing the PBS system.

One of the main challenges in PBS system is revenue generation. Some of the past projects have focused on advertising for revenue, which experts say is a bad idea. Shreya Gadepalli, South Asia director at the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, and co-author of the Public Cycle Sharing Toolkit published by the ministry of urban development, says, "User subscription fee isn't sufficient to sustain a cycle-sharing system. However, bundling its operations with advertising is a bad idea. Advertisement revenue becomes the primary motive and the operator, often, actively subverts the system — making it difficult for users to access cycles."

Bhopal, Bhatt claims, has managed to address this crucial issue. Experts say, hand-holding is required from government in the initial phases to make PBS a success.

"Advertising will be one of the many sources of revenue. The operator has been given the option to generate revenue by using excess space at the station for parking, organising cycling events, CSR funding, etc. But the government paid Rs 3 crore as capital cost for infrastructure. It will also pay part of the operation cost, but it is dependent on the performance of the operator," says Bhatt.

Another important aspect is scale of the project. For PBS system to be a success, Gadepalli says, the project should have at least 1,000 shared cycles covering an area of 5 sqkm or more in the pilot phase, with a goal of expanding to 400 cycles per lakh population.

It should good quality cycles and IT-enabled monitoring system.In Delhi, experts say, there is a need to prepare a comprehensive bike plan aligning it with mass transit system.

"Delhi is investing heavily in Metro systems and buses over the next 3-4 years, thereby potentially improving its mass transit. More important to the success of PBSS is a comprehensive bike plan," said Pandit.
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Fooled by smartness
Smart cities: Digital solutions alone will not deliver results India hopes to achieve
Indian government under-prepared for cyber security warfare: FireEye's Boland
GK Pillai rues negligence in road safety, calls for people’s engagement in smart cities
Safe Cities: IFSEC India's Advocacy for Industry
How realistic is the Smart Cities Mission?
Global meet- How to use geospatial tech, satellite data to save earth
Bringing digital India to life
Smart cities mission can aid in promoting the theatre, dance and crafts industry: FICCI - EY report
Why smart cities need art and culture to thrive
Why is water management not prioritised for smart cities?
Skills, Not Technology, Are The Key To Smart Cities
Air pollution: Here’s how to get green transport for smart cities
How to build smart cities: Here is what can help policymakers
‘RWAs play critical role in smart cities’
Smart cities: The mobility roadmap
Why build like Singapore?
Solving Societal Problems with Smart Cities
Smart energy for a smart city
Smart cities push increases exposure to threats, requires redoubling cyber security
Can India even have smart cities?
Make Liveable Cities, Not Smart Cities
India to witness boost in video surveillance adaptation rate
Here’s Why Surveillance is Vital for Smart Cities

50% smart city citizens may voluntarily share personal data, Gartner says
The Problem With ‘Smart Cities’
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Municipalities all set to issue smart city bonds
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Going by the plan of the ministry of urban development, as many as 60 municipalities across the nation may issue bonds in the next nine to 12 months to raise funds for developing smart cities. Eventually, all 100 municipalities and urban local bodies (ULB) that have been given the mandate to develop smart cities will line up their high yield bonds. The government has not yet decided if these bonds would be tax-free, and if so, whether the present cap of 8 per cent for any tax-free bond will be applicable for these bonds or not.
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To make the municipalities professional enough to approach investors, the government has selected nine transaction advisories, whose work would be to “handhold” the bodies to float municipal bonds.

The nine transaction advisories selected by the ministry are A K Capital Services, Axis Bank, Darashaw & Co. Pvt Ltd., ICICI Bank, ICRA Management Consulting Services, SBI Capital Markets, SPA Capital Advisors, SREI Infrastructure Finance and Yes Bank.

According to sources, municipalities of Pune, Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Indore and Bhubaneshwar are at advanced stages of issuing the bonds and could file their request for proposals (RfP) within a month. The exact issue size has not been finalised yet, but people involved in the process say the bigger municipalities can easily raise Rs 500 crore each in the first tranche. Other smaller entities could be raising Rs 200-300 crore each.

Therefore, the total number of bonds to hit the market over the next one year could raise about Rs 15-30,000 crore, considering 60 municipalities would be engaged in such fund-raising activities. The bonds will be either secured through existing assets, or will have government guarantees.

However, for now, the smaller local bodies will not want to come in the market without getting more clarity on the bonds. It is not clear yet if foreign investors would get to invest in these bonds, but the Securities and Exchange Board of India’s (Sebi) guidelines on municipal bonds issued last year do not exclude them. The government had amended the Income Tax Act in 2001 to allow the local bodies to raise funds through tax-free bonds.

Globally, the municipal bonds are tax free and have a huge market. In the US, the outstanding amount against the municipal-bonds is more than $3.5 trillion. Even in developing countries like Mexico, South Africa, Poland, Russia and Hungary, municipal-bonds have a large market.

In India though, the market is almost non-existent even as some municipalities earlier issued bonds in the market. According to the data available on NSDL website, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation was the first to issue such bonds, raising Rs 100 crore in 2002. Since then, issuances have been few and the total issuances barely crossed Rs 1,000 crore in about 15 years. However, some unverified sources also claim the first municipal bond issue in India was raised way back in 1967.
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Japan to assist India with development of three smart cities
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New Delhi: Japan has decided to assist India with the development of Chennai, Ahmedabad and Varanasi as smart cities.
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So far, leading countries have come forward to be associated with development of 15 Indian smart cities.

These include United States Trade Development Agency (USTDA) for Visakhapatnam, Ajmer and Allahabad, UK for Pune, Amaravati and Indore, France for Chandigarh, Puducherry and Nagpur and Germany for Bhubaneswar, Coimbattore and Kochi.
Taiwan offers solutions for smart cities project
China's Sany Group to invest USD 2 bn in Gujarat; signs MoU; which includes a small smart city

Confederation of Indian Industry signs a MoU with Australian consortium for smart cities
CII, Australian consortium sign MoU on building smart cities

NBCC teams up with Russian co for smart city, rail projects
Russia offers 'safe city' system to India
British Solutions for India's Smart Cities
UK Smart Cities delegation to showcase solution at Tech Summit
North West UK firms to benefit from India’s ‘Smart City’ initiative
Indo-UK alliance may unlock GBP 2-bn business for British companies
UK smart city innovations pitched in India
Sweden can invest in Smart City projects: Venkaiah Naidu
Swedish companies can boost ‘Smart Cities’ project in India: Mikael Damberg
PM Narendra Modi encourages Swedish minister to invest in Smart Cities, Skill India projects

Housing For All: Maharashtra and Canada sign MoU
'US exploring new partnership in smart cities in India'
Engagement on Smart Cities initiative: US trade body flags clarity of plans, autonomy of states
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Intel ready to scale up to Digital India’s Big data need
Watch: IBM Smart Camp India 2016
Meet The Top 10 Winners Of IBM SmartCamp for Smart City 2016 Challenge
Here's how IBM is using Watson to promote smart cities in India
10 Innovative Startups Changing India With Smart City Tech Applications
Cisco unveils new smart cities platform
Cisco names 2 Indian cities using its cloud-based smart service
Cisco, Gift City ink MoU for smart city services
Cisco India profit jumps four-fold to Rs 1,030 cr on smart-city developments, Jio deal
Federal Trade Arm, the U.S. Commercial Service provides support for CH2M mobilised for India smart capital city
Maharashtra Smart Cities: Get set for Oracle’s Smart City in a box
Reliance, Cisco launch Unlimit IoT services JV in India
Reliance Group launches IoT services venture 'UNLIMIT'
Oakter Smart Home review: An IoT made in India, for India
WiSUN Advances IoT and Smart City in India
Teamax Smart City Technology completes establishment of unit in India
Nokia India announces 5G, IoT services aimed at creating smart cities
Internet of Things: How Gaia Smart Cities is using IoT to build smart water, gas, power meters
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Tata Trusts starts data governance project to complement Smart Cities
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MUMBAI: Tata Trusts, the charitable organisation that owns or controls two-thirds equity of Tata Sons, has started a programme to build data capabilities of Indian cities to help arrive at evidence-based decision making by accurately measuring a city's social, economic and environmental performance.
Lodha Group launches startup investment fund for realty, smart city technologies
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'Smart' Gandhinagar is now wired to the future
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Gujarat capital launches city-wide WiFi, smart street lights, speed and face detection surveillance
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From seamless WiFi connectivity (unlike hotspots planned other cities) to smart sensor-enabled traffic lights that brighten or dim, based on vehicular traffic density, the first phase of the smart city project has been rolled out in the capital city of Gujarat, ahead of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit (VGGS) 2017 by the Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation (GMC).

The Gandhinagar smart city project also includes services like internet protocol-based surveillance, environment sensors, digital display, speed and face detection traffic management, automatic numberplate recognition, public address system (PAS), citizens’ helpdesk mobile application and a centralised command centre to monitor and control activities on ground.
Foundation laid for 5-star hotel at Gandhinagar
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Tenders are being issued for the re development project of 23 railway stations across the country. Stations covered under the Smart City project will get augmented facilities. Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with railway minister Suresh Prabhu laid the foundation stone for the Rs 254 crore, 300-room five star hotel project at the Gandhinagar Railway station. Prabhu said that the stations marked for redevelopment include Habibganj in Madhya Pradesh, and Ludhiana and Amritsar in Punjab.

The Prime Minister said that while the railway's share in freight transportation in India was 15% to 20%, it was around 70% in other countries.Indian Railways is working to reverse the trend, he said. Railway electrification projects have been undertaken, he said. "Earlier the railway ministry was offered as a perk to political parties joining a coalition," he said. But now, importance was being accorded to rail ways, he said. He said railway projects are being taken up expeditiously . He said a major effort was on to make railway journeys safe; the mission includ ing designing safe coaches. He said that experts from other countries are being consulted too. He said that railway projects in the country had attracted the maximum foreign direct investment.

As for the hotel project, the facility will be being hi-tech and passenger-friendly. The new station will be redeveloped in two years and will be inaugurated by January 2019. The Gujarat government had recently formed a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for the speedy implementation of redevelopment of this railway station. The SPV , known as the Gandhinagar Railway and Urban Development Company Ltd, is a government company. The station will have three platforms, and two railway tracks will be designated for trains that don't halt at the station. Two local and three express trains pass through Gandhinagar.
Do new railway stations support 'multimode transportation'? Five star hotel is affordable to which type of railway users? Whether it is a highspeed or a bullet train station to attract rich? What type of 'affordable accommodation' available for poor railway passengers? (Whether affordable accommodation mandatory for every type of builder?) Unless hotel is for railway users it will just be creating traffic congestion around station. whether the goal is just to generate more revenue to railways? Anyway including railway station under smart city is an appreciable act as generally railway station is heart of city.
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Jaipur first town to operate smart city infrastructure
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With the opening of Network Operation Centre (NOC) here today, Pink City of Jaipur becomes the first city in the country and South Asia to monitor and operate smart city infrastructure using a single digital network.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Cisco Executive Chairman John T. Chambers and Genpact CEO Tiger Tyagarajan inaugurated the NOC with a tag of Global Centre for Excellence.

The NOC will integrate all recently developed digital infrastructure such as intelligence kiosks, wireless broadband, sensor-based dustbins smart streetlight, parking and apps.
Centre of excellence helps to progress Digital India
Jaipur next destination for startups after Bengaluru: Raje
‘Jaipur App’, a guide at your finger tips
Cisco deploys digital classrooms in Rajasthan colleges to train women
Projects under smart city yet to take off in Jaipur
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'Develop smart city considering geological aspects'
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Given the geology of Vizag, which is a diverse land with environments such as hard rocks (Pre Cambrian), marshy areas, coastal environment with geologically important red beds, ground water and natural springs, four geological aspects including coastal erosion, land use pattern, ground water and vanishing natural drainage of Vizag needs to be considered.
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Amaravati - People's Capital of Andhra Pradesh

CH2M picked to manage India’s first smart city project
Amaravati Reveals How Public Projects in India Remain Dependent on Whims of Politicians
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First, the expert committee found no merit in the idea of building a new capital city and cautioned that it was not a feasible option. Second, it remarked that instead of imagining a green field city such as Chandigarh or Gandhinagar, a distributed urban development by expanding existing cities is preferable.
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Surbana-Jurong, a Singapore-based consortium, was parachuted to draw the plan. The proposal envisioned a capital region spread over 8600 sq km that would have a population of 11.25 million in 20 years – a figure many Indian cities took centuries to reach. The plan also promised that about 3.36 million jobs would be generated and Amaravati would be a pioneering smart city.
Do we really need such big cities?

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NEC co-founds new industry group to improve interoperability for smart city solutions

How far interoperability of applications supported by Indian Smart Cities?

Govt to utilise geo-spatial technology to build smart cities
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Hyderabad, Jan 23 (PTI) The Centre would extensively utilise geo-spatial technology in realising its vision to build 100 smart cities across the country, Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said today.

“Cities in the past were built on riverbanks. They are now built along highways. But in the future, they will be built based on availability of optical fibre networks and next-generation infrastructure.
No. Cities are to be built so as to minimize ecological side-effects. City placement & Population Distribution are to be optimized for Logistical Cost, Energy Distribution Cost, Resource Cost, etc. In summary, optimized for economical and ecological sustainability of the country and the world as I posted here. That is, should be built using our brain and smartness for our future survival. Technolgy is just an additional aid to achieve this.

Make Liveable Cities, Not Smart Cities
Not street-smart cities

Safe cities: India has a long way to go
4 Vital Steps On IoT Security For Indian Smart Cities

Smart Cities gaining momentum in India
Here’s how Tata Motors is driving India’s green public transportation
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Rapidly growing Indian cities may face extreme rainfalls: Report
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"Rainfall patterns are changing throughout India. We found that there is a need to look at both global and local conditions, such as urbanisation, and how those influence climatic patterns such as rainfall," said Niyogi.

Using a data-driven method, researchers found a link between the extent of urbanisation and changing extreme rainfall patterns.

"The possible reasons for this rainfall variability might be that since development activities in urbanised areas have already been stabilised, changes in landscape characteristics are minimal and thus local circulation patterns are not significantly altered," said Niyogi.

"However, in areas undergoing rapid development, changes in extreme rainfall patterns are significant," said Niyogi.

Deforestation and land transformation could be two of the main causes of increased climate stress in urbanising areas, he said.

The study used daily rainfall data from 1901 to 2004 taken during the Indian summer monsoons season, which runs from June to September.

The rainfall totals were collected by the India Meteorological Department from a network of 1,800 stations located throughout the country.
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India should have a Smart Defense Quadrangle: Goa-Belgaum-Hubli-Karwar

Three smart cities. Two IITs. Karwar Naval Base. Goa Naval Air Station. Belgaum Air Force Station, Naval Air Base & MLIRC. If the current Defense Minister wishes he can create a Smart Defense Quadrangle Goa-Belgaum-Hubli-Karwar for research and manufacturing of defense equipments. A few things needed to achieve this are

1. Defense University in Goa
2. Naval Engineering & Diploma College in Karwar
3. Aerospace University in Belgaum
4. Centre of Excellence for Defense & Aerospace
5. Incubation Centres for startups in Defense & Aerospace
6. Naval Manufacturing Facilities in Goa and Karwar
7. Aerospace Manufacturing Facilities in Belgaum
8. Army Vehicles & Equipments Manufacturing Facilities in Hubli
9. Regular Defense Exhibitions in Goa

Unlike 'Naval Academy' in Ezhimala, Kerala 'Defense University' in Goa should conduct research on cutting edge defense technology like DRDO Laboratories & render educational programmes on these. Goa can be centre for developing IT software for defense applications. Defense exhibitions should have regular shows on navy, army and airforce equipments including ships, aircrafts, missiles, tanks etc. Quadrangular formation gives enough strength to compete with current mega cities leading in this domain.
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Centre may pay your rent through vouchers soon in 100 cities
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NEW DELHI: The Narendra Modi government may now pay your rent. The Centre is all set to roll out a Rs 2,700-crore welfare scheme in 100 smart cities to give rent vouchers to the urban poor.
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The government would also monetise the confiscated benami properties for construction of affordable homes to address the housing shortage.

“The recent implementation of the Benami Properties Act and rules open up another option for rental housing. An enabling provision would be inserted in the rules that houses confiscated by Central government which cannot be auctioned, could be let out by the Central government or through state governments as rental housing for the middle income group (MIG), LIG and economically weaker section (EWS) depending on the suitability and location of such properties,” the official said.
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Lutyens' Delhi tops credit rating list of Urban Devpt Ministry
NDMC bags top credit rating
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The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) area is among the country’s top three as per a credit rating exercise undertaken by the Union Urban Development Ministry.

Along with Navi Mumbai and Pune, the NDMC area leads 94 cities in the country with a credit rating of AA+.

The credit ratings are necessary for issuing municipal bonds for mobilisation of resources.

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Urban Development Minister M.Venkaiah Naidu reviewed the progress of credit rating of smart cities and AMRUT cities on Saturday, with 94 of the 500 cities included in the Smart City Mission and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation AMRUT) obtaining the ratings.

A total of 55 of these cities have got ‘Investment Grade’ ratings, a Ministry spokesperson said.

Mr. Naidu noted that 59% of cities assessed getting investment grade rating were better than what was thought of about the financial situation of urban local bodies in the country.

The 94 cities that have so far been assigned credit ratings are spread across 14 States.

The Ministry of Urban Development is promoting credit rating of cities as one of the five transformational reforms under which about 500 cities and towns that account for about 65% of the total urban population were to be given credit ratings during this year.

Credit ratings are assigned based on assets and liabilities of urban local bodies, revenue streams, resources available for capital investments, double entry accounting practice and other governance practices, said the spokesperson.
Credit rating of urban local bodies gain momentum
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Of them, NDMC, Navi Mumbai and Pune led with AA+ rating while Ahmedabad, Visakahapatnam, Hyderabad came next with AA rating.

Kolkata was graded A+, Bhopal and Jaipur-A-, Thiruvananthapuram and Panaji-BBB, Ranchi-BBB were all rated as investment grade.

The 94 cities that have so far been assigned credit ratings are spread across 14 States.
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Of the total 20 ratings ranging from AAA to D, BBB- is the 'Investment Grade' ratings and cities rated below BBB- need to undertake necessary interventions to improve their ratings for obtaining positive response to the Municipal Bonds to be issued.
Hubballi-Dharwad, Davangere, Belagavi have poor credit rating
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Emami keen on developing smart city projects in Madurai, Jhansi
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Coimbatore: Emami Infrastructure, the realty arm of FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) major Emami Group, is looking to develop smart city projects in Madurai and Jhansi where it has bought large parcels of land, a top official said. The company has 12,000 acres of land near Madurai and about 1,200 acres in Jhansi.
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