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India to be the biggest consumer of IoT devices in the planet in five years: Nasscom
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"IoT devices will reach more than 30-35 billion in 2020. There is going to be huge growth worldwide and India will have a fair share in it," said Anshul Gupta, Research Director, Gartner.
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UK chips in to make Kolkata climate-resilient
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KOLKATA: The UK government is assisting Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) to develop a roadmap that will make the city climate resilient and set it on a sustainable, low-carbon growth path.

While the blueprint will be ready by December, mayor-in-council members and councillors are being sensitized so that they can drive the initiative forward and implement the roadmap. Another key component of the UK-KMC programme is institutional capacity building at the civic body.

Speaking to TOI, Sandy Sheard, counsellor (energy, climate and growth) at British High Commission, said the initiative was aimed at creating policies and strategies to make municipal services more climate-smart in terms of energy use, water, waste and transport.

"The entire programme is based on three pillars. The first is to develop a strategy on sustainable development that will address disaster management, city mobility plan, solid waste management and rooftop solar. The second pillar is sensitization of MMiCs so that they drive the initiative in their respective wards. The third is to help KMC build capacity so that it can deliver the strategies," said Sheard.

A multi-hazard assessment map of the entire KMC area is being prepared to identify the vulnerability of each ward. Precipitation, cyclone and flooding data will help create the map. Once the most vulnerable are identified, strategies will be readied on what to do to mitigate the risk and respond better to climate-induced disasters. Apart from KMC, other disaster management agencies have also been involved to prepare a comprehensive plan.

Also on the anvil is a city mobility plan that aims to integrate the transport system, decongest roads, promote use of public transport and cut down on emission. Among specific strategies being worked out are non-motorized corridors for short distances, parking-free arterial roads to increase mobility, creation of multi-tier parking facilities in streets that link arterial roads, promotion of eco-friendly vehicles and fiscal instruments like congestion tax to ease mobility in areas that are extremely congested.

A climate-smart municipal solid waste management strategy is underway to identify a technologically feasible and financially viable model for recycling plastic wastes, route optimization for transportation of waste, scientific management of waste by way of segregation at source and identification of potential public-private partnership options waste management.

Stakeholders' consultations are underway to develop a grid-connected solar rooftop scheme for Kolkata. The state power department is leading the initiative.

To sensitize KMC councillors and MMiCs, toolkits were handed out in February when a delegation from UK's Commonwealth Parliament Association led by the Speaker of the House of Lords visited the House of Lords. Fifteen sensitization events will be held at the borough level between June and September this year. KMC officials will also be taken to three Indian cities to expose them to community-led innovative climate-friendly interventions.

"We hope the blueprint with investment plan will help the city access international funding and investments for sustainable growth," Sheard added.
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Smart cities scheme to take off on June 25
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The 14 countries that have either signed up for various works or are in the process of finalising them are the U.S., Japan, China, Singapore, South Korea, Israel, the U.K., France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, South Africa and Australia. Also, 14 international organisations, including the World Bank, ADB, European Union, USAID, and UN Habitat have also offered support.
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Smart cities: govt looking at user charges to raise resources
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New Delhi, June 22:

The Centre is looking at multiple revenue mobilisation measures to meet the huge resources required to make the smart cities scheme a success. This is in addition to the Union Cabinet approving an outlay of ₹48,000 crore for the smart city scheme over the next five years.

“The resources of urban local bodies from collection of user charges, beneficiary charges, impact fees, land monetisation, loans etc can be tapped. Innovative financing mechanisms such as municipal bonds to further the credit rating of urban local bodies, pooled financing mechanism, and tax increment financing (TIF), are also being considered,” a senior official in the Ministry of Urban Development told BusinessLine.

Different models

Under TIF, if a particular area or zone of a municipal body is developed through a loan, once the project benefiting that area is completed, the residents of that area can be made to bear the cost of the project by increasing property tax for a certain period.

“Globally, financing models based on user charges have been successful, especially in Bogota (the capital of Colombia) and some South-East Asian countries,” said Pratap Padode, Founder & Director, Smart Cities Council India, a consortium of smart city practitioners and experts.

“The sustainability of the service is possible only if citizens are ready to pay a value for it,” he added.

Apart from the public-private-partnership model, the scheme may look at leveraging borrowings from bilateral and multilateral institutions, the official said.

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On June 16, the Asian Development Bank had announced doubling the funding to support India’s urban development from $2.6 billion per annum at present to up to $5 billion per annum.

It will also support smart cities and the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) in seven States: Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.

June 25 launch

The smart cities mission will be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 25 along with two other schemes, AMRUT and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.

Modi will also announce the operational guidelines, apart from unveiling the logos for the schemes.

Each smart city, selected through a ‘City Challenge Competition’, will get Central government assistance of ₹100 crore per year for five years, the Ministry had said in April.
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100 'smart cities' to be hand-picked in rigorous two-stage process
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LUCKNOW: The Centre has said only capable cities will be chosen under the Smart Cities Mission through a two-stage competition. Given the challenges involved in developing 100 smart cities, the NDA government said a stringent selection criteria will be used in both the stages of the competition.

In Stage-1 of the city challenge competition, each state and Union Territory will score their cities based on a set of criteria and nominate the top scorers as per the indicated number of potential smart cities for participation in the Stage-2 of the competition.

For starters, cities will be evaluated on the basis of existing Service Levels for which they can earn up to 25 points. This includes increase in service levels over Census 2011, operational Online Grievance Redressal System, publication of at least first monthly e-newsletters and online publication of municipal budget expenditure details for the last two financial years on website.

Cities can also win up to 15 points for the institutional systems and capacities they have. This covers imposition of penalties for delays in service delivery and improvement in internal resource generation over the last three years. A 30-point scale has been attached to a city's ability for self-financing. This will be reflected in payment of salaries by urban local bodies up to the last month, auditing of accounts up to FY 2012-13, contribution of internal revenues to the budget for 2014-15 and percentage of establishment and maintenance cost of water supply met through user charges during 2014-15.

An additional 30 points will also be set aside for judging the cities on their past performance. This will include the percentage of JNNURM projects completed that were sanctioned till 2012, percentage of city level reforms achieved under JNNURM, and the extent of capital expenditure met from internal resources.

Following the point-wise assessment, the 100 potential smart cities nominated by the States and UTs will have to prepare Smart City Plans that will be rigorously evaluated in the Stage-2 of the competition for prioritizing cities for financing. In the first round of this stage, 20 top scorers will be chosen for financing during this financial year. The remaining will be asked to make up the deficiencies identified by the Apex Committee in the Ministry of Urban Development for participation in the next two rounds of competition. A total of 40 cities each will be selected for financing during the next rounds of competition.

In the second level of evaluation, cities will be earn 30 marks on the credibility and operation efficiency of plans and their implementation, the vision and strategy of planning. They can also win up to 70 points for the impact of proposal, cost effectiveness of Smart City Plan, its innovation and scalability and the process that has been followed.
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A new Cities Challenge website, which will allow the public to track competition progress, was launched today at www.Smartcitieschallenge.In, it added.
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Smart Urban Plans Must Solve Land, Traffic Woes
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Long-term initiatives include a change in perspective thinking of citizens and governing bodies. It’s a well-documented fact that more allocations of scarce land for roads undo the benefits within a short span as it actualises the latent demand of private vehicles since their owners never internalise the externality created by their travel on others. Thus, India needs proper planning rather than higher allocation of land to road and transport. To combat congestion, we need a realistic solution for affordable, accessible, reliable and acceptable mobility (i.e. “AARAM”) urban commuting experience. In India’s urban scenario, modal transport system must be capable of having flexible high carrying capacity with low space requirement. The other aspect is to have public transit system which lures people away from private transport because traffic problem is expected to become severe with population growth and urbanisation putting more pressure on road infrastructure at substantial costs. Thus, policy makers need to explore alternatives like cost-effective Light Rail Transit in major cities as is being implemented in advanced nations.
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A smart city must learn to be resilient too
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For example, in extremely water-stressed environments such as Indore in Madhya Pradesh, Taru has applied a conjunctive water use system that aggregates water sources for different purposes. This includes the separation of clean drinking water from water strictly for sanitation, and the re-use of treated non-potable grey water.

This system reduces households' expenditure and helps communities to overcome periods of peak shortage in the municipal water supply. Scaling this up requires collaboration between developers and residents' welfare associations to build or retro-fit existing infrastructure.

Across the Indian sub-continent, cities are getting hotter, with severe implications for human health and labour productivity. Last week, a massive heatwave killed over 1,000 people in the country.

While residents may opt for indoor living to avoid direct exposure to the sun, there are multiple low-cost measures that can make their home more livable. For example, Taru has used cool roof and passive ventilation technologies that can lower ambient temperatures by 3-4 degrees celsius. These measures could help reduce health-risks, especially among the elderly and children.

For cities which have encountered increasing demands or extreme shocks, restoration of local ecosystems is a solution that has offered multiple benefits to residents. This can be clearly seen in the use of low-cost floating wetlands to improve water quality of degraded lakes in Indore. The restored lakes, with healthier ecosystems, have not only created fisheries sources for local residents but also supplementary systems for the cities' flood retention and emergency water supply.
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PM Narendra Modi’s Smart Cities initiative: Governance first
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For example, last week’s incessant rains in Mumbai almost choked and paralysed the city. Flooding of Indian cities with the arrival of the first shower is a common phenomenon and it has got more to do with the governance (maintenance of civic infrastructure and preparedness of civic authorities) than with the physical infrastructure itself.
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Issues: City services such as water, energy, transportation are delivered by different entities and there is minimal collaboration during planning and maintenance which leads to duplication of efforts. While maintenance is mostly reactive than preventive, on most occasions service providers are not held accountable for low-service performance. Also, since different departments have different set of staff there is little synergy and higIndian officials want 100 ‘smart cities.’ Residents just want water and powerh cost

ICT-GT enablers: The report states that for smart governance, cities must have integrated command and operation centres that will not only enable better management of services but will also lead to integration of operations across various departments leading to optimisation of cost and efficiency. It helps monitor city services on a real-time basis and therefore improve on synchronising maintenance activities. Use of business process re-engineering and automation will help improve efficiency and reduce turnaround time. Also use of predictive analytics will help understand equipment performance and maintenance requirements.
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AHMEDABAD: Taking ahead the commitments made during chief minister Anandiben Patel's recent visit to the land of the dragon, the Chinese have started acquiring land near Ahmedabad and Vadodara for textile and industrial parks respectively. The land acquisition is being done through the China Development Bank.
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Finances, infrastructure among many challenges for Modi's plan: Experts

PM Narendra Modi announces Centre of Excellence for IoT
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In India, Internet of Things (IoT) can be leveraged to address issues like transport system, parking, electricity, waste management, water management and women’s safety to create smart cities, smart health services, smart manufacturing and smart agriculture. Additionally, the smart city and digital India campaign can also leverage IoT to bring about innovative applications and domain capability across verticals.
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To foster of collaborative ecosystem of key stakeholders (Government, Industry & Entrepreneurs, Citizens) NASSCOM aims to democratize IoT Innovations through incubation on Multi-Platform Technology Labs for – Concept Validation to Products & Solutions. The CoE will also function as a skills development platform to build industry capable talent and instill a temper of research and development across the board.
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The Government of Karnataka will be the partner state to set up the first 40 seater CoE facility in Bangalore which will be co-located with NASSCOM 10000 start-up warehouse. The center will be a testing facility for prototypes of concepts for horizontal and vertical solutions. Going forward, the initiative aims to create a cluster of 5 CoEs across India. ms to create a cluster of 5 CoEs across India.
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