In the two years since the BJP-led government came to office, the Ministry of Urban Development has an ambitious to-do list: Smart Cities Mission, Swachh Bharat Mission and Housing for All. With a huge outlay of investment and long gestational periods, it will be a while before any of these projects will see significant progress.
Only a handful of cities in India have opted for intelligent transport systems (ITS) whose benefits are varied. Adoption of ITS will result in less expense for the government and more convenience for the passenger. India‘s Smart Cities Mission recognises the need for technology in our day-to-day commuting. But challenges still remain.
"Since we were unable to achieve the cut-off 50 marks for the first phase of the mission, Kohima has been given a second chance by the Union Urban Development Ministry by putting it amongst the 23 Fast Track Cities, out of which around 15 would be selected for developing into Smart Cities," Parliamentary Secretary R Tohanba said here today.
"The Make-in-India initiative offers US high-tech companies the chance to sell equipment to Indian manufacturers harnessing the globally competitive resources of innovators right here in India," Export Import Bank (EXIM) of the United States Chairman Fred P Hochberg said here.
A Smart City is a city equipped with basic infrastructure to give a decent quality of life, a clean and sustainable environment through application ...
Under the Smart Cities Mission the Centre and states have been entrusted with the responsibility to select and develop 100 smart cities in the country.
Its total income from operations, however, rose to Rs 160 crore in the first quarter of 2015-16 from Rs 96.34 crore in the year-ago period.
As per the Operational Guidelines for Smart Cities Mission, released by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 25, 2015, states have to nominate the assigned number of cities and towns based on four broad criteria and a total of 13 sub-criteria.
In an interview with CNBC-TV18, managing director of Shriram Transport, Umesh Revankar said tas the economy recovers, operational efficiency and rural demand will improve
Pratap Padode, Founder-Director of Smart Cities Council India said the smart cities mission will attract huge investments from international companies and even the private sector, which has been shying away from PPPs.
The company has already undertaken smart city projects like East Kidwai Nagar, Delhi, says Anoop Kumar Mittal, Chairman, NBCC.
A meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved Smart Cities Mission for development of 100 smart cities and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) of 500 cities with outlays of Rs 48,000 crore and Rs 50,000 crore respectively, according to a statement issued by the Urban Development Ministry.