Infosys co-founder murthy said India is still far from smart cities

Infosys co-founder NR Narayana Murthy said engineers prefer to work in the big cities, but India is still far from smart cities. The smart city is one of the government’s plans.

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Indian smart cities need to be developed under the Indian context

At Smart Cities India Expo Power and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal said development of smart cities in the country will have to be customised to the Indian context while leveraging on economies of scale to make the requisite technology affordable, » Read more

Is the Indian Smart Cities the main attraction of foreign investors

The government of India initiative of smart cities seems to be attracting the foreign investors to a greater extent. Is is said that Taiwanese technology companies are bullish on Indian market specially the Smart City project and are coming to the country to explore business opportunities. » Read more

23 cities to resubmit Smart cities proposal

Maharashtra's 22 smart cities Plan

According to the news released by a source it is said that 23 cities will be resubmiting their smart cities proposal, the 23 cities to re-submit their proposals are Warangal, Chandigarh, Lucknow, New Town Kolkata, Goa, Pasighat, Dharamshala, Faridabad, Raipur, Bhagalpur, Shillong, Namchi, Port Blair, Diu, Oulgaret, Silvassa, Imphal, Ranchi, Agartala, Kohima, Kavaratti and Dehradun. Cities that fail to make it through this round can join the next round of the competition by submitting revised proposals by June end. » Read more

Fast Track Competition under Smart City Mission

Fast Track Competition under Smart City Mission is the program of the union government by which the 23 cities and towns from as many States and Union Territories that were given an opportunity to participate in the ‘Fast Track Competition’ under Smart City Mission submitted their revised plans. » Read more

Italy may investment $1.2 trillion to Indian Smart cities

According to the official news released it is said that Italy has shown it’s keen to partner with India in its own initiative for 100 of them over the next 20 years with an investment requirement of over $1.2 trillion. » Read more

The complete process of selection of smart cities

The process of selection of smart city is based on three process which are given below:

Shortlisting of cities by States
The State/UT begins with shortlisting the potential smart cities on the basis of conditions precedent and scoring criteria and in accordance with the total number allocated to it.

The first stage of the competition will be intra-state, in which cities in the State will compete on the conditions precedent and the scoring criteria laid out. These conditions
precedent have to be met by the potential cities to succeed in the first round of competition and the highest scoring potential smart cities will be shortlisted and recommended to participate in Stage 2 of the Challenge. The information sent by the ULBs in the forms has to be evaluated by the State Mission Director and the evaluation placed before the State-level High Powered Steering Committee (HPSC) for approval.

The composition of the State HPSC is given in para 13 of the Guidelines. The cities emerging successful in the first round of competition will be sent by the State/UT as the recommended shortlist of smart cities to MoUD by the stipulated date (to be indicated in the letter to Chief Secretaries). The State Government has to fill the form and send with the recommended list. The MoUD will thereafter announce the list of 100 smart cities.

The Challenge round for selection
In the second stage of the competition, each of the potential 100 smart cities prepare their proposals for participation in the ‘City Challenge’. This is a crucial stage as each city’s Smart City Proposal (SCP) is expected to contain the model chosen, whether retrofitting or redevelopment or greenfield development or a mix thereof, and
additionally include a Pan-City dimension with Smart Solutions.

The SCP will also outline the consultations held with the city residents and other stakeholders, how the aspirations are matched with the vision contained in the SCP and importantly, what is the proposal for financing of the smart city plan including the revenue model to attract private participation. An evaluation criteria for the SCPs has been worked out by MoUD based on professional advice and this should act as guidance to the cities for preparing their proposal. The criteria and the documents to be sent with the application are given to be indicated by MoUD to the States/UTs, proposals will be submitted to MoUD for all these 100 cities.

The challenge:

These will be evaluated by a Committee involving a panel of national and international experts, organizations and institutions. The winners of the first round of Challenge will be announced by MoUD. Thereafter, while the winning cities start taking action on making their city smart, those who do not get selected will start work on improving their SCPs for consideration in the second round. Depending on the nature of the SCPs and outcomes of the first round of the Challenge, the MoUD may decide to provide handholding assistance to the potential Smart Cities to upgrade their proposals before starting the second round.

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