PM Narendra Modi’s dream project 100 smart city, remaining cities is selected. Gandhinagar, the capital of Prime Minister’s home State Gujrat is selected for the smart cities mission with Sonia Gandhi’s Rae Bareilly when the Center selects the remaining 40 of 100 smart cities on June 23.
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.”
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.