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“Resilience is the ability of any city to cope with any disaster or stress that may come its way.”, Amit Prothi, Head of India National Strategy, 100RC

Resilient cities are the cities of today, tomorrow and future, but, the meaning of resilience is what needs to be understood in a whole new paradigm given the complexities surrounding the Indian cities. Talking about the recently announced initiative of 100 Resilient Cities (100 RC) by Rockfeller Foundation in collaboration with National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), Amit Prothi, Head of India National Strategy, 100RC talks to Manali Jaggi of BW SmartCities about what the term resilience truly constitutes and the need to convene a broad base of all stakeholders in building strong partnerships with an intent of driving the urban resilience agenda at the national and state level.

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Partnering for Smart Future

Headed for smart city mission, the public-private partnership (PPP) is critical among the possible business models. A successful PPP model needs a close coordination between state Governments, civic bodies and the private players.

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“Democratizing the entire data and making it visible to the public has empowered us.”

A charismatic leader and a youth icon for many, Nara Lokesh, Cabinet Minister for Information Technology, Panchayati Raj and Rural Development, Andhra Pradesh has taken the state on an unprecedented developmental path. Taking to Chahat Jain and Manish Arora of BW Smart Cities, the minister talks about leveraging technology and supporting young entrepreneurs as a key to push the Government’s development agenda and guarantee a quality life to the rural population.

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Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh in Smart City era

In an era of chaotic urbanisation in the country driven by ‘impatient capital’, Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh is planned to a rational grid yet human scale. The ‘City Beautiful’ promises to be both ‘Green and Smart’.

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Cities are becoming smart but what about financing?

When it comes to source of financing, most of the smart city plans envisage around 70 per cent of the total outlay to be funded by the Central and State Government, either through the Smart City Mission or through convergence schemes like AMRUT, Swachh Bharat etc.

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Rs. 2.04 lakh crore to be allocated under the Smart Cities Mission to meet the rising demand of urbanisation- Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs

The Mission aims to undertake a complete urban transformation to meet the demands of more than 50% of the population which is expected to reside in cities by 2050.

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Smart Planning Drives Smart Cities

The ‘smart’ city planning goes much beyond the infrastructure. Municipal bodies and planners work very closely through the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV).

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Smart Cities – the ideal city of the future

With the initial focus being on energy efficiency, public safety, and sustainability, the cities will soon graduate to build solutions around health, education, and system integration spanning all sectors.

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French envoy Ziegler holds meeting with Chandigarh officials

The French ambassador’s visit to Chandigarh was aimed at holding discussion with city officials about the Smart City Mission implementation and progress by the French Development Agency (AFD) and consider future projects.

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Partnering for the Smart Future

Headed for smart city mission, the public-private partnership (PPP) is critical among the possible business models. A successful PPP model needs a close coordination between state governments, civic bodies and the private players.

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