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45 ICCC converted to Covid 19 War-rooms across India

Integrated Command and Control Centers of Smart City mission converted to track and monitor COVID 19 positives using GIS and track healthcare workers using GPS to fight the ongoing pandemic.

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Himachal banking on Strategic Progress for Sustainable Growth

HP recently conducted its first ever Global Investors Meet in Dharamshala on 7-8th November, 2019 wherein one of the focus areas was urban development. The policy landscape has been amended in order to facilitate private players to attract investment in Urban areas in fields like Housing, new township, SWM and urban transportation. Realistically speaking, in the coming decade HP would witness most planned urban development in the country based on principles of sustainability and ecological sensitivity. Virendra Sharma, Joint Secretary, Urban Development, Government of Himachal Pradesh explains why rapid and imbalanced urbanization may prove chancy for the ecology and sustainability of the region, in a tete-a-tete with Poulami Chakraborty of BW SmartCitiesWorld. Excerpts Below:

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Anchoring Smart City Overhaul in Island Territory

“Declared as a Smart City, under the Smart City Mission of the Central Government in 2016, Port Blair has project size worth INR 770 Crores, which is further expanded to project size of INR 1100 crores with recommendations from local administration. A lot of leg work has happened till date in identifying aspects which can get off the ground to an implementation stage, with a fund of INR 200 crore being released by the Government of India, till date”, asserted Vikram Dev Dutt, Principal Secretary, Urban Development, Andaman and Nicobar Administration in a conversation with Poulami Chakraborty of BW SmartCitiesWorld. Excerpts below:

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Karnataka Buildings Soon to Set Aside 20 Per Cent Space for EV Charging

Karnataka government's initiative seeks to promote electric vehicle adoption. The draft is currently pending before the law department.

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Leh to get Smart City tag, Centre pushing Development Schemes

Leh, the headquarter of the newly formed Union Territory could be the next city to get the Smart City tag as per indications from the Central government, as the latter will soon roll out infrastructure and urban development projects to emphasis quick transformations.

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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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Sustainable Industrial Estates – Drivers for Urban Development

In addition to safeguarding the environment, a sustainable industrial estate supports individual industries housed within the estate with high performance workplaces, to enable industries to strive for efficiency and profitability.

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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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Making Smart Cities Smarter

India already has the ecosystem in place. With bright startups, world class professionals, sizeable workforce, state-of-the-art R&D labs, growing smartphone penetration, India has the potential to lead the world in making cities smarter.

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Government approves construction of 1,86,777 affordable houses for Urban Poor

RS.11,169 crore investment approved with central assistance of Rs.2,797 Crore. Haryana Gets 53,290 houses, Tamil Nadu-40,623, Karnataka-32,656, Gujarat-15,584, Maharashtra-12,123, Bihar-11,411, Kerala-9,461, Uttarakhand-6,226, Odisha-5,133

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