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.

IIT-Bombay Techfest, to help Design Smart Cities

Techfest, festival of IIT-Bombay will provide an opportunity to contribute towards the smart city plan. Techfest is associated with many government organisations like Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra and Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC).

Mantry said that ideas presented by the participants shall be considered for implementation in the development of new smart cities along the DMICDC, a Central government undertaking.

The smart city challenge is a unique initiative to engage the youth in the development of their city and prosperity of its citizens. Techfest is slated for January 2-4 at the Powai campus here.

“It aims at providing a strong sharing platform and offers a unique opportunity to get involved in the development of smart cities to exchange ideas and foster the new integrated approaches in India,” Techfest spokesperson Aman Mantry said.

First 3 smart cities to be completed in 2019

Modi’s vision for advanced cities that benefit from the latest technology has finally begun to take shape with the Ministry of Urban Development identifying almost all the locations where they will be built as well as existing cities that are to be remodelled on these lines.

This done, the ministry has asked the 22 states where the programme will be implemented to send detailed project reports so a final blueprint can be outlined.

Describing the scheme, officials of the urban development ministry say they plan to set up seven smart cities each in Gujarat, Kerala, Rajasthan and Karnataka.
Modi’s constituency Varanasi, they added, is among the six cities identified in Uttar Pradesh for the smart makeover

Five years A senior ministry official said the government has set 2019 as the deadline to deliver the first three smart cities, all of which will be built as part of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC).

The DMIC is a project the government aims to build as a ‘global manufacturing and trading hub’. These smart cities are Dholera, Shendra-Bidkin and Global City.
Overall, seven smart cities will be set up between Delhi and Mumbai under the DMIC project, which is being built in partnership with the government of Japan.
There are at least three more industrial corridors along which new cities are being built: Amritsar- Kolkata, Bangalore-Chennai and Chennai-Visakhapatnam. Besides, states have been asked to identify cities along the Amritsar-Kolkata corridor.

Delhi to grow faster than London

Delhi’s projected increase in per capita income is one of the largest among a group of global cities including London, New York and Tokyo between 2012 and 2030. According to a report released by London School of Economics (LSE) and Alfred Herrhausen Society, Delhi’s average annual gross value added (GVA, measure of value of products and services produced in a city) growth in the metro area would be 7 percent. In the same duration, London would have 2.8 percent, Lagos 6.6 percent and Tokyo 1.1 percent of GVA growth.

The study on eight cities — Delhi, London, Bogota, Tokyo, Lagos, New York, Istanbul and Berlin — was released at Urban Age Conference organised by the renowned varsity and the society, which is a corporate social responsibility (CSR) wing of Deutsche Bank. It is interesting to note here that the study has found Delhi safer than New York. In terms of number of murders per one lakh population, Delhi stands at 2.7 and New York at 5.6. Bogota (a Latin American city) tops the list, with16.1 homicides per one lakh population.
The population of the Delhi metro area over the same period would only grow by two percent a year compared to Lagos at 6.4 percent per year. Tokyo would actually shrink by 0.1 percent. Delhi, the study found, is also one of the most denser cities among the group.
“Despite its relatively low-rise urban landscape, Delhi has an extremely high average density of built up area of 19,698 people per square kilometre, nearly twice the levels for wider New York metro area (which at 11,531 people/sq km includes high-rise Manhattan) and Tokyo with 11,025 people/sq km,” the report said.
As a result,

Delhi has only two square metres of green space per person. “Istanbul fares even worse with one square metre person while lower density London and Berlin, with front and back gardens and extensive parks, have a generous 36 square metres and Berlin 39 sq metres respectively,” the report said. Delhi still has a high level of inequality, measured by the GINI Index.

The lower value of index signifies greater level of social equality; the higher value indicates greater inequality. “While London has an index of 3.6 and Berlin 2.9, Delhi has a relatively high figure of 6.0, yet lower than Lagos at 6.4 and many other African and Latin American cities,” the report said.

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