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Chahat Jain

Chahat Jain is a Video Producer with Political Science background. She has worked in Business News Channels like ET NOW and ZEE Business. She loves travelling and socialising

Latest Articles By Chahat Jain

'A City Can Be Called Smart Only If It Is Also Sustainable'

The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is a nodal agency of US government that provides funding to partnering countries in the areas of infrastructural development. The agency had been very active in the field of aviation and energy and has also extended their support to the ambitious Smart Cities Mission Project, launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015. Mehnaz Ansari, Country representative, South Asia, USTDA, talks to Chahat Jain of BW SmartCities about the progress of smart city project in these cities and about the future focus areas of the agency in India. Edited excerpts.

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“We rank much higher in ‘Time taken in according to a Decision’ a new kind of benchmark”

Sikkim being a fortunate state having beautiful tourist destinations and a part of 100 smart cities of India is situated at a strategic location for defence. “We see the existing conditions as an opportunity where we can strengthen the value proposition of the city and provide more economic opportunities to the young entrepreneurs”, said Navin Rai, Joint Chief Town Planner and Nodal Officer, Smart Cities Mission, Sikkim in an exclusive conversation with Chahat Jain of BW SmartCities.

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'UP 100 is now an established platform for providing emergency services of Police'

Policing became smarter in the state of Uttar Pradesh with UP Dial 100, the emergency response management system. The project is jointly implemented by Tech Mahindra and Mahindra Defence Systems to provide integrated emergency services relating to public safety across the State on 24×7 basis. A centralized contact center has been established at Lucknow for receiving all emergency calls directly from across the State, including remote rural areas. The results were encouraging. In about one year of its operation, UP100 provided assistance in more than 42 lakh cases and is currently catering to around 1.2 lakh citizen calls on daily basis. Chahat Jain of BW SmartCities talks to Aditya Mishra, ADG UP-100, about changing police perception in the state.

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Moving Towards A Seamless Payment System

Ahmedabad was amongst the first slot of cities to be selected for the Smart Cities Mission. Ranked at sixth, the city was be-hind Pune, Bhubaneswar, Jaipur Kochi and Surat, however, the recent tag of becoming India’s first heritage city has boosted the enthusiasm of the city officials who are trying their best to maintain the status of India’s first heritage city and at the same time transform it into a smart city. According to Rakesh Shankar, CEO- SPV (Smart City), Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, in the last few months, the city has taken many steps to transform the city. And he feels that with its latest prepaid Jan Mitra card, the city has really taken a smart leap in this direction.

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'Transforming An Ancient City Comes With Unique Challenges’

With a proposed investment to the tune of Rs.20,000 crore, Varanasi Smart City, the high profile constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is all set to transform itself from the sleepy heritage city to a modern city with all modern infrastructure.

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From City of Ghats to a Smart City

Varanasi which is among the oldest cities in India famous for its Hundreds of Ghats, Temples and Kala Bhawan is set to be developed as Smart City. Government has already moved a budget of 321 Crores for development of Varanasi as Smart City.

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321 Crores allotted for Smart City Varanasi says CEO, Varanasi Smart City Dr Nitin Bansal

Varanasi, also known as Banaras or Kashi, city on the banks of the Ganges in Uttar Pradesh, India, is set to roll out they key projects in the city for areas based and pan city development.

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