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Article on January 08, 2018

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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“Industries Are Now Keen To Invest In Uttar Pradesh”

The Uttar Pradesh Government, under the new dispensation has come up with a new industrial policy, which is particularly aimed at facilitating ease of doing business, promoting employment generation, and also in reviving the old industrial cities in the state. What the new policy is offering is ease of doing business for the investors, assuring them of ‘zero tolerance’ with regard to law and order situation and better business climate and substantial policy framework. Manish Arora of BW Smart Cities talks to Satish Mahana, Minister for Industries Uttar Pradesh, about the new industrial policy, chang-ing perception of the investors in the state, reviving the old textile units of Kanpur and restore its lost glory as the Manchester of the East.

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‘URBAN RENEWAL SCHEMES KEY TO INDIA’S TRANSFORMATION’

Hardeep Singh Puri is a distinguished former diplomat. Many people were surprised when he was chosen to head the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry. But, Puri has a number of plans, and he is proceeding at a breakneck speed to implement PM Narendra Modi’s flagship programmes. Excerpts from a conversation with BW Smart Cities’ Suman K Jha.

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