The glory of Chennai city dates back over 376 years. Notably, it was the first city in India to adopt and implement the Non-Motorised Transport (NMT) policy – in September 2014 – to encourage and promote pedestrianisation.
33 per cent of the total 5,151 projects under the Smart Cities mission have been completed or are currently under implementation, utilising 25 per cent of the envisaged investment. Since the launch of the mission, projects worth Rs 2 trillion are in various stages of implementation in the 100 cities.
The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport committee has planned to appoint a service provider to implement an Intelligent Transport Management System (ITMS) for its bus transport system. Reports suggest that the development of the system will require nine months and another three for trials and testing.
The Smart City Mission has finally started outsmarting its critics. With all 20 SPVs having been formed and a combination of true-blue managers and IAS officers appointed as CEOs, CW tracks the movers and shakers of the initiative.