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Managing urban flooding with nature inspired design.

Climate scientists are already warning us to anticipate 30% heavier rains in the future along with more extreme climate events. So we don’t just have to prepare our cities to address current challenges but will have to develop plans & policies to address a future with extreme weather events.

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‘Financially Independent Cities Will Be More Welfare Oriented’

City governance is a complex system. The governance framework at the city level must be in sync with the with the culture, heritage, economy, competitiveness and institutions. That is the reason just constituting special purpose vehicle is not enough for the success of the Smart Cities in India. D. Dhanuraj, Chairman of Centre for Public Policy Re-search (CPPR), a think tank dedicated to research on current economic, social, and political issues, in conversation with Chahat Jain of BW SmartCities talks about the city governance, the need for financial and administrative autonomy of the cities and the various transportation models, which are required for the success of Smart Cities in India. An edited excerpt:

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Reflections on The Smart City Mission in India

Each city in India can capitalize on its diversity and uniqueness in its quest to smartness rather than following a unilinear path determined by smart technologies only. A shift in thinking from technology driven solutions to people centric solutions could help us work towards more inclusive smart cities.

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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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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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DDA Mulling Bringing Next Housing Scheme Completely Online

Former DDA Vice Chairman Balvinder Kumar had in January 2015, however, said the "new scheme would be much larger than the 2014 project, and will include at least 24,660 LIG flats"

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Smart Cities: From Drawing Board To Ground Zero

The countries that have signed up to keep global warming limited to less than 2°C’ will have to keep real estate and building energy consumption central among the measures that they will need to institute to support this commitment

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NHPC to Invest Rs 3,000 crore on Solar, Wind projects

The company is looking at opportunities in states like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu

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Maharashtra Districts to have own Disaster Management Plan

The district-level disaster management plan has detailed information about geographical details, population, flood-prone areas, villages and other macro details

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'Smart City' to be Completed in Three Years, says Kerela Chief Minister

The Chief Minister, who held a high-level meeting with Smart City officials here, said the government had got an assurance that construction works of the project would be over within the period

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