Delhi set to get three smart cities in 2015

Delhi will get 3 smart cities in 2015. In the next few months, work will begin on three smart cities, with 20 lakh flats built in an organised urban set-up equipped with all amenities and guided by technology.

The smart will be built in extension of Dwarka in southwest Delhi, Rohini and Narela in the northwest — these cities will be modeled after the group housing concept, with uninterrupted power, water and wi-fi connectivity.

Hospitals, schools, commercial complexes, green spaces and energy-efficient structures would be the other features.

“There are four zones in the city which will be developed on the concept of smart cities. These cities would have world-class infrastructure and facilities. The scheme is likely to take off early 2015,” DDA vice-chairman Balvinder Kumar as published in HT

private developers will build the cities and the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) infrastructure. These will come up on 20,000-24,000 hectares — simply put, each new sub-city will be the size of Dwarka.

The cities will scale new heights. Norms have been modified to allow residential blocks to rise as high as 24 floors, sources said. At present, apartment blocks can only go up to 12 floors.

Regulations of land polling had been approved by the DDA and the Delhi government had already initiated the exercise of changing the land use from rural to urban, sources said. The regulations have been sent to the urban development ministry and once they are approved, work will begin.

Bengaluru Among Six Global Smart City Project

Bengaluru Among Six Global Smart City Project

Bengaluru has been choosen among the six cities of the world which chosen by Cisco Systems for digitization and smart connected communities, the company’s chairman and CEO John Chambers announced at a global editors conference in San Jose, US, last week.

The other five cities are Barcelona, Chicago, Hamburg, Nice and Songdo. Cisco has collaborated with the Electronics City Industries Association (ELCIA) to develop Asia’s first end-to-end (Internet of Things-IoT) Innovation Hub in Bengaluru.

“Private and public sector organisations are facing intense pressure to innovate faster. Look at the way Uber is changing the road industry or what Facebook and Google are doing to ad industry. It’s about connecting your car and coffee shop. Whether it is parking or security or mobility, the next transition is everything us. India has a huge potential in having to gain the most from the Internet of everything (IOE),” Chambers said.

Anil Menon, Cisco deputy chief globalisation officer and president of Smart+Connected Communities, said, “The foundation for Bengaluru as a smart city will be intelligent networks which will transform the delivery of citizen services from transportation, utilities and security to entertainment, education, and healthcare. We believe the industry and the government can work towards a common vision of making Bengaluru a smart city where technology and apps will transform the delivery of citizen services and improve the citizens’ quality of life.”

China Interested to Initiate Smart City Project in Pune

China Interested to Initiate Smart City Project in Pune

Chinese Government showed interest in collaborating on the Smart City project. and visited pune to explore the opportunity. A team led by Senior Chinese Government Officials participated in a conference organised by Unique Delta Force Security.

According to Alan Chow, CEO Security China, firm providing security solutions and services, said that the security solutions market of India is of $ 2.5 billion which is 5 per cent of the global market.

“India has a huge potential for security solutions. The Government of India is keen on developing smart cities, our company will create a cluster to provide security solutions. We are beginning with Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporations in association with Unique Delta Security. We will provide techno commercial assistance to develop such initiatives as a part of “China – India Mutually Beneficially Co-operation Plan,” said Chow.

Several countries like Japan, Germany, Sweden, Singapore, Israel, United Kingdom, the United States of America, Hongkong and the Netherlands besides multinational corporate have shown keen interest in partnering in building smart cities in India. Many private players like Microsoft, IBM, Essel Group and Prince of Qatar have shown interest in developing smart cities in India.

3 Satellite Towns to be Constructed in Karnataka

3 Satellite Towns to be Constructed in Karnataka

Bangalore may have missed the 100 India smart city plan because of the population yardstick but the city may be decorated by at least three smart cities around it if Karnataka has its way according to an article published in TOI.

Devanahalli, Ramanagaram and Tumakuru have been picked up in the satellite towns category among the elevent cities proposed by the state government to the centre.

Kalaburagi, Hubballi-Dharwad, Mysuru, Belagavi and Mangaluru figure in the class of cities in the population range of 1-4 million people. The names of Udupi, Hospet and Vijayapura have been proposed under the category of heritage towns.

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”.

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