June 25, will be remembered as a red-letter day in the history of urban India as three mission programmes with a huge spend were launched, all backed by India´s dynamic Prime Minister Narendra Modi: Smart Cities
International experts on technologies and smart cities along with urban development officials from across India - constituting 600 cities covering the100 smart cities and 500 AMRUT cities - came together at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre to participate in the National Conclave on Smart Technologies.
The Indian construction industry has grown consistently in the recent past. The overall gross value addition (at current prices) has been around 8.04 per cent and around 26.87 per cent of the overall industry sector´s contribution.
It was a day-long event that witnessed participation from over 70 distinguished speakers and a high-powered, 50-member Smart Cities Trade Mission led by Bruce Andrews, Deputy Secretary, US Department of Commerce.
For the first time since independence, urban planning has been given prime importance in a government´s prime mission. For the first time, a time bound plan has been laid out with a clear roadmap and milestones. For the first time, 97 cities have submitted their city development plans for acompetition to vie for financing city plans.
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has started the process of forming a parallel company to execute all projects under the Smart Cities Mission. The company, technically an SPV, will evaluate plans and release funds for NDMC´s smart city ideas.
Located in the heart of India, Bhopal is known to be one of the greenest cities in India. The capital of Madhya Pradesh and the 14th largest city in India, the City of Lakes, with its rich heritage, is charged up to get to the next level