Govt. set Dec Deadline for Smart Cities Plan

Govt. set Dec Deadline for Smart Cities Plan

Govt. has set this month end as the deadline to make a final presentation. According to the news publish in TOI said the deadline is aimed at fast-tracking the scheme so that some work can start by the end of this financial year.

The ministry is staring at surrendering most of the Rs 6,274 crore budget allocated this year for the smart cities programme and a new mission for renewal of urban infrastructure in place of JNNURM. TOI has learnt that so far about Rs 800 crore from this allocation has been utilized under urban transport head and another Rs 200 crore could be used by March.

Since the conceptualization of smart city project and the new mission to replace JNNURM are still under process, there is hardly any scope for the ministry to utilize substantial allocation. “You can’t utilize more than 33% of the unutilized allocation in the last quarter,” a government source said.

Mumbai Metropolitan Region to develop 5 Smart Cities

The MMRDA is considering developing five growth centres — Vasai-Virar, Bhiwandi, Greater Kalyan, Greater Panvel and Pen-Alibaug – in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region along the proposed 126-km Virar-Alibaug Multi Modal Corridor. “The plan still has to be crystallised, but once we finalise these pockets, they will all be developed as smart cities,” said Madan.

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Besides, MMRDA had also been planning to transform Wadala and Oshiwara as business hubs. In smart cities, data collected through sensors enable real time monitoring by authorities and is used to enhance efficiency in utilities and citizens’ services such as electricity, water, drainage, gas, traffic, parking etc.

Effective eco-friendly transportation systems, transparent processes for commercial activities and online approval systems are other hallmarks of a smart city. Madan said introducing smart city components in Oshiwara would be difficult because much development had already taken place there and the authority would have to resort to retro-fitting.

Meanwhile, the development authority is in the process of re-tendering the contract for the development of Bandra Kurla Complex as a smart city, despite good response from companies. The state information technology department has asked MMRDA to scale down the manpower requirement for the team that will set up and operate the smart city initiatives.

“We had received some offers, but the state IT department has now suggested some changes in the number of people on the team that will work on the smart city project. Our estimate was a little on the higher side,” said Madan. Under the plan, MMRDA will first cover the 175-hectare area with a public wi-fi network having a high internet speed of 5 Mbps.

Ninety surveillance cameras will be set up in the E-block and G-block of the complex with direct co-ordination between security agencies. A smart parking facility will be introduced for vehicles to know the nearest available parking slots of the 3,000 in the complex.

Citizen-centric mobile applications will be launched for emergency services and to provide details of nearest restaurants.

Microsoft India to Transform Surat into a Smart City

Microsoft India to Transform Surat into a Smart City

Microsoft India along with Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) has announced to take initiative in building Surat as the smart city. With help from Microsoft and its partner ecosystem, the city administration is evaluating technology infrastructure to meet the changing needs of its citizens.

According to a post published in economicstimes Mr. Milind Torawane, IAS, Surat Municipal Commissioner, said, “Surat is the fourth-fastest growing city in the world, with a population of 50 lakhs. It is a vibrant business hub – 80 per cent of the world’s diamonds are processed in Surat, 40 per cent of India’s demand for textiles is met by the city and it serves as the economic hub for several industries. In this context, it becomes increasingly important to leverage technology as an enabler of constant modernization. We are excited to partner with Microsoft to transform Surat into a sustainable and competitive city that cares for its citizens.”

“Our existing adoption of technology is benefitting Surat in several ways. With various service delivery channels like City Civic Center, Virtual Civic Center (Online services through website) and Mobile App, citizens are able to access the services easily and quickly. The adoption of IT has also helped in improving the internal efficiencies. Over the course of the next few months, we will work with Microsoft and its partners, Iconics and SoftTech, on solutions for water management and urban planning (building plan approvals). These along with other similar solutions will help us keep the citizen at the center of our development and fulfil our smart city vision,” he further added.

Commenting on the announcement, Niranjan Zanzmera, Hon’ble Mayor, Surat said, “By transforming Surat into a smart city, we are setting a benchmark for other cities in the country on how IT solutions can help empower citizens and address cities biggest challenges and fuel economic growth. The work been undertaken by Surat Municipal Corporation and Microsoft India is commendable”.

West Bengal to develop 6 smart cities

West Bengal to develop 6 smart cities

West Bengal Government is all set to develop six smart cities in the state on the basis of importance of those areas in trade, industry and technical education.

“The projects have been cleared by the state cabinet today,” Higher Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said in Kolkata on Friday after the Cabinet meeting. The six smart cities included airport city developed by the Bengal Aerotropolis Pvt Limited (BAPL) at Andal in Burdwan district, tannery and IT hub at Bantala near here, Durgapur in Burdwan district, Bolpur in Birbhum district, Kalyani in Nadia district and Siliguri in Darjeeling district.

State Cabinet also identified these six cities by six different names, Chatterjee said adding “While the city developed by BAPL at Andal will be known as ‘Golden City’ and the City at Bantala as ‘Sector-VI’, Durgapur will be known as ‘Silver City’, Bolpur as ‘Nobel City’, Kalyani as ‘Knowledge City’ and Siliguri as ‘Sunrise City,” state’s Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim said.

In all these smart cities, 25% space will be earmarked for those under Economically Weaker Section (EWS), besides earmarking 40 per cent area as ‘open space’, Hakim said. “Now the government will ask for preparing Detailed Project Report for all these cities. After submission of DPR before the government, we will be able to follow next steps,” the minister said.

India finalises first two smart city

India finalises first two smart city

According to local media reported the government has identified two cities – Dholera in Gujarat and Shendra-Bidkin in Maharashtra – in the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor, to be the first smart city to be built in march 2015.

The tenders for Shendra will be floated in three months and a water supply project will be among the first to take shape, an association of industries told local press.

The plan is to make Shendra an “eco city” with a focus on sustainable development and high quality of life, media said.

The Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor will have a total of 22 smart cities to provide better living conditions to residents employed in the industrial areas.

The government will set up a separate unit to develop infrastructure within the cities, while the central and state governments build transport to connect the cities.

India announced its plan to build 100 smart cities in June. It has allocated US$1.2 billion to this plan in its 2014-2015 Budget announcement.

Cisco and IL&FS Technologies to Develop Digital Solutions in the Smart City Space

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Cisco and IL&FS Technologies will partner jointly to develop digital solutions to tap into the multi-billion dollar opportunity in the smart city space in India.

The companies will jointly develop Internet of Everything (IoE)-based digital solutions to pursue opportunities in the infrastructure sector and smart cities in India.

According to Cisco, the IoE total value at stake in India is USD 511 billion over the next 10 years. Of the total IoE at take, public sector value at stake is USD 116 billion, which includes creating smart cities and citizen services such as health and education.

The government plans to develop 100 smart cities by 2022. In the Budget, the Finance Ministry has allocated Rs 7,060 crore for developing these smart cities. Some of the solutions that will be jointly developed will focus on urban services and smart city infrastructure solutions like traffic and transportation, public safety and security, command and control services and e-governance, Malkani said.

“A broader set of next-generation urban services like parking, lighting, traffic and citizen engagement services built on top of Cisco’s City Infrastructure Management will also be worked on,” he added.

These solutions will help citizens access, in real time, infrastructure services such as traffic, parking, lighting, and water, as well as city operators to improve city infrastructure operations through sharing information in real time across agencies and systems. In India, an average of 2.75 lakh devices get connected to a network every day.

In September, Cisco had unveiled a “smart city” model to demonstrate how smart networks can play a crucial role in areas like education, healthcare, work and electronic delivery of citizen services. It was set up to act as a blueprint for the future of smart and connected communities in India.

Rs One Lakh Crores to be invested by Prince of Qatar in Smart City Project

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Prince of Qatar Sheikh Dr. Hamad Bin Nasser A A Al-Thani , member of ruling family along with his Indian partner Mitesh Sharma is all set to invest approx Rs. 1,00,000 crores in Modi’s ambitious ‘smart cities’ project in coming years. This will be the first of its kind project in India.

Investments worth Rs. 12,000 and Rs. 60,000 crore will be made in Uttar Pradesh & Andhra Pradesh respectively. 38,000 crores will be diversified in sectors like power and natural gas. Moreover, the team is already working on huge investment plans for various other projects.

Mitesh Sharma, a young Indian entrepreneur is handling all investment proposals in India. While he is identifying various project areas and locations to be worked on, he has already met many senior officials in India. The conclusive decisions over investments will be taken by Sheikh Dr. Hamad himself.

Both the partners had met Andhra Pradesh’s Chief Minister Chandra Babu Naidu and Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav separately last week. On the behalf of NRS, sheikh Dr. Hamad and Mitesh have already signed a MOU in AP for a smart city project.

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