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  • Govt holds stakeholder consultations to explore development of freight smart cities: Piyush Goyal Aug 04, 2021 03:25 PM IST

    Govt holds stakeholder consultations to explore development of freight smart cities: Piyush Goyal

    State governments have been requested to identify cities for development as freight smart cities, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

  • More than 6,000 smart city projects worth Rs 1.81 lakh crore tendered so far: Govt Jul 28, 2021 03:39 PM IST

    More than 6,000 smart city projects worth Rs 1.81 lakh crore tendered so far: Govt

    "The cities under SCM have shown considerable progress since their selection. As on July 9, 2021, these cities have tendered out 6,017 projects worth Rs 1,81 lakh crore; out of which work orders have been issued in 5,375 projects worth Rs 1.49 lakh crore," Union Minister Kaushal Kishore said.

  • How smart are our cities after six years? Jun 28, 2021 05:34 PM IST

    How smart are our cities after six years?

    The Smart Cities Mission has been a fabulous idea which needs dynamism in approach with a little change in policy; In context of the pandemic, however, it has failed to prioritise healthcare infrastructure and disaster management projects

  • Uttar Pradesh grabs top position in India's Smart Cities Award Contest 2020 Jun 25, 2021 07:01 PM IST

    Uttar Pradesh grabs top position in India's Smart Cities Award Contest 2020

    These awards were announced on June 25 to mark six years of the three urban missions of the Central government -- Smart Cities Mission, Atal Mission for Urban Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban.

  • Housing ministry launches Eatsmart Cities and Transport 4 All Challenge drive Apr 15, 2021 05:59 PM IST

    Housing ministry launches Eatsmart Cities and Transport 4 All Challenge drive

    Minister of housing and urban affairs Hardeep S Puri launched the EatSmart Cities Challenge and Transport 4 All Challengeat at an online event.

  • Target is to develop more than 4,372 cities as smart cities: Housing Secy DS Mishra Jan 22, 2021 01:24 PM IST

    Target is to develop more than 4,372 cities as smart cities: Housing Secy DS Mishra

    Learning of one city chosen under 100 smart cities should be spread to other cities so that it becomes a light house

  • A look at some of the key features that go into the making of smart cities Nov 18, 2020 08:06 PM IST

    A look at some of the key features that go into the making of smart cities

    PM Modi has said that India is keen to attract foreign investment to modernize urban centers including urban technology and transport as part of rebuilding the economy. Here are a few key features that go into the making of smart cities.

  • 1,000 kms of Metro Rail by 2022 to 100 smart cities, says PM Modi at Bloomberg New Economy Forum Nov 17, 2020 10:16 PM IST

    1,000 kms of Metro Rail by 2022 to 100 smart cities, says PM Modi at Bloomberg New Economy Forum

    Speaking at the business forum, he also stressed on the recent initiatives by the central government such as Digital India, Startup India, affordable housing, the Real Estate (Regulation) Act and metro rail in 27 cities.

  • Housing ministry launches children-centric, environment-friendly 'Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge' Nov 04, 2020 09:31 PM IST

    Housing ministry launches children-centric, environment-friendly 'Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge'

    The focus of the challenge is to make cities children friendly by reimagining parks, gardens, outdoor play spaces, making streets safe and walkable and improving access to early childhood services, along with reducing air and noise pollution.

  • PMAY (U), AMRUT and Smart Cities Mission a boon in fight against COVID-19: Hardeep Singh Puri Jun 25, 2020 09:01 PM IST

    PMAY (U), AMRUT and Smart Cities Mission a boon in fight against COVID-19: Hardeep Singh Puri

    PMAY (U), Smart Cities Mission (SCM) and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) have completed five years

  • Coronavirus war rooms: Integrated Command and Control Centres in smart cities Apr 07, 2020 07:54 AM IST

    Coronavirus war rooms: Integrated Command and Control Centres in smart cities

    CCTV cameras, GIS technology accessed through the command and control centres are being used to keep tabs on movement of citizens and those quarantined during the lockdown period in Varanasi, Pune and Bengaluru

  • Budget 2020: FM proposes 5 new Smart Cities Feb 01, 2020 12:00 PM IST

    Budget 2020: FM proposes 5 new Smart Cities

    The allocation for the Smart Cities Mission is Rs 6,450 crore for 2020-21, same as last year.

  • Budget 2020 | Govt may increase capital outlay in infra, give roadmap for NIP: ICRA Jan 28, 2020 01:21 PM IST

    Budget 2020 | Govt may increase capital outlay in infra, give roadmap for NIP: ICRA

    Over the last few years, as the NHAI has significantly scaled up the pace of highway infrastructure development, ICRA expects the allocation to increase by at least 40%

  • Bhubaneswar takes the lead in designing children-centric smart, green city Nov 14, 2019 10:08 PM IST

    Bhubaneswar takes the lead in designing children-centric smart, green city

    Under the Smart Cities Mission, there are currently 160 projects in 60 cities for creating green corridors, development and innovative use of open spaces

  • Budget 2019 | Focus on infrastructure key to meet expected economic growth Jun 25, 2019 10:42 AM IST

    Budget 2019 | Focus on infrastructure key to meet expected economic growth

    A key expectation from the Budget is for the government to increase capital infusion in the public sector banks to strengthen their balance sheets, which in turn will allow them to increase their credit outreach.

  • NDA allocated six times more funds for urban schemes than UPA; growth story will continue: Puri May 31, 2019 06:53 PM IST

    NDA allocated six times more funds for urban schemes than UPA; growth story will continue: Puri

    On May 31, Puri was re-appointed as the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. He has also been given responsibility of civil aviation and commerce and industry ministries

  • Budget 2019: Fund allocation for housing and urban affairs ministry up 12% Feb 01, 2019 04:49 PM IST

    Budget 2019: Fund allocation for housing and urban affairs ministry up 12%

    The Metro received the biggest share of the pie - an allocation of Rs 19,152 crore, a 23 percent increase from Rs 15,600 crore last year. It is expected that the Metro network would be expanded to over 15 cities in 2019-2020.

  • 50 smart cities integrated command and control centres to be ready by 2019: Hardeep Singh Puri Nov 05, 2018 09:09 PM IST

    50 smart cities integrated command and control centres to be ready by 2019: Hardeep Singh Puri

    By March 31, 2019, Rs 1 lakh crore worth of work will be under implementation under the Smart Cities mission, ministry sources said.

  • Innovative financing mechanisms for Smart City Mission must: Report Oct 25, 2018 03:39 PM IST

    Innovative financing mechanisms for Smart City Mission must: Report

    Colliers Research recommends various methods such as asset recycling, value capture models, hybrid annuity model, green bonds and pooled finance development scheme for financing of smart city projects

  • Smart cities opportunity in India worth $4 bn: Quantela chief Sridhar Gadhi Oct 09, 2018 03:12 PM IST

    Smart cities opportunity in India worth $4 bn: Quantela chief Sridhar Gadhi

    Quantela has a five-year agreement with Fira de Barcelona to hold the Smart City Expo in India. After Jaipur, several Indian cities have expressed interest to host the event next year

  • Smart cities have happy citizens, says FIRA Barcelona CEO Ricard Zapatero Sep 29, 2018 03:12 PM IST

    Smart cities have happy citizens, says FIRA Barcelona CEO Ricard Zapatero

    The smart cities movement is encouraging citizens to articulate what they want from cities they inhabit

  • Smart cities can be successful only if they are accepted by citizens: Rajasthan chief secretary Sep 28, 2018 10:03 PM IST

    Smart cities can be successful only if they are accepted by citizens: Rajasthan chief secretary

    The core objective of a smart city is to build a city solely for its people and ease their lives

  • Smart cities not about sensors, they are about PPPP: Experts Sep 27, 2018 09:32 PM IST

    Smart cities not about sensors, they are about PPPP: Experts

    "Smart cities need to be much more than cold, hard infrastructure high on technology. These cities need to make life more convenient, accessible and inclusive," said Yao Yi, deputy director, Guangzhou Academy of Social Sciences.

  • India is undergoing an 'urban renaissance', says Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu Sep 26, 2018 05:01 PM IST

    India is undergoing an 'urban renaissance', says Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu

    Naidu was speaking at the inaugural session of the three-day Smart City Expo India 2018 in Jaipur.

  • Smart cities may now be rated on infrastructure offered to differently-abled Sep 11, 2018 08:49 PM IST

    Smart cities may now be rated on infrastructure offered to differently-abled

    Feedback emanating from stakeholders’ interactions at the Divyang conference will be sent to the CEOs and project managers of the smart cities to be incorporated in their plans

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