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Setting Cities Smart and Sustainable on Digital Platform

While industry stakeholders have been playing a pivotal role in rolling out India’s top-most smart and sustainable cities, many of them are banking on digital platform and its mechanism to create the most efficient and inclusive cities. In a conversation with Poulami Chakraborty of BW SmartCities World, Gautam Balakrishnan, Vice President, Smart Cities Business, Tata Projects Limited emphasizes: “The approach of the government to bring cities on digital platforms is perfect. as cities grow in size, population and challenges - there is a need to bring all the command and control including disaster management and emergency response under one umbrella. This initiative is to be lauded and supported but taking too long to rollout. “ Excerpts below

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Goa Embraces India’s First Electric Vehicle Tourism

As Goa embraces India's first Electric Vehicle Initiatives, the tourism sector in the state witnesses a surge. Samarth Kholkar, CEO and Co-founder, explains the idea behind the initiative.

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Karnataka Making Imprints in the Nation’s Mission for Clean City

The Urban Development department of the state has strategized plans to monitor this regions minutely to cut the menace of littering, banning plastic usage and waste management, based on which and several others, Karnataka has improved drastically in Swachha Sarvekshan ranking by Government of India. Elaborating further, Anjum Parvez, Principal Secretary, Urban Development Department, Government of Karnataka states: “Cleanliness is much more than a mission. It’s more of a mind-set that we had to inculcate within our citizens, who themselves reject using plastic bags and promote other several mandates that the state government department owns and adopt. Poulami Chakraborty of BW SmartCities World writes excerpts:

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IS YOUR CITY OUTPACING YOUR GROWTH?

J K Dadoo writes why India's smart city focus can't be lost by for any reason. It has to become even more target based & time bound as we threaten to become the most populous country in less than 2 decades.

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AFTER LED WHAT? WELCOME TO WORLD OF CONNECTED LIGHTING---

As we are on the cusp of an augmented age where technology is redefining the possibilities of what a human can truly be capable of. Sensors, networks, Artificial intelligence, Robotics, digital manufacturing, Nanomaterial, 3DPrinting, Augmented reality, Machine Learning and Big Data are rewriting the rules in Lighting Industry, writes Devashish Ganguly, GM Havell’s India.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Orders Major Bureaucratic Rejig

In a major administrative rejig, West Bengal Chief Minister ordered transfers of a host of IAS and IPS officers in the state.

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Connected Lighting Smart Cities- Ensuring Sustainability besides Affordability

While the future of Smart Lighting lies in Connected Lighting, Vivek Jain, General Manager of Marketing- Public Urban, Smart Cities, South Asia, Signify brings in his perspective how lighting will be so much of a data-driven concept by the time it is 2030; meeting both sustainability target and cost-effective aspect.

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Bhubaneshwar leveraging Digital Platform to ensure Inclusive Sustainable Cities

The city ranked 13th in the Global Smart Cities envisaging unique parameters like child-friendliness and inclusiveness of all ULB’s in its territory. “The Bhubaneswar’s Smart City Proposal mainly revolves around people of Bhubaneswar and not just focuses on the physical (infra) development of the city. We believe this is a key differentiator from rest of the cities, that we keep people at the center of the development and build the projects that are most essential to the people”, says Vineel Krishna, CEO, Bhubaneshwar Smart Cities Limited in conversation with Poulami Chakraborty of BW SmartCities World.

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'Integrated Development' For Cities Makes Them Liveable and Smart

The Mission is proving to be a game-changer with regards to not only directly improving citizens’ life, but also contributing to transforming the country into a digitally empowered society and a knowledge economy. It is setting a template for future development, establishing new institutions, concepts and developing institutional and professional capacity to make Indian cities cater to citizens needs in the best possible way. In a tete-e-tete with Poulami Chakraborty of BW Businessworld, Kunal Kumar, Joint Secretary and Mission Director Smart Cities Mission, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, Government of India, asserted how the smart cities mission is impacting citizens life directly, for the better. Excerpts below:

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NBCC CMD Anoop Mittal Relinquishes Post After Government Denies Extension; Shiv Das Meena Takes Over

Sources said Anoop Mittal's term came to an end on March 31, 2019, and he was entitled for an extension till he attained superannuation age of 60 years in January 2020 but the government refused to extend his services.

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