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1.Co-lab: Experiments for the City

Community development is an essential part of urban planning; this holds true not just in the structures that are built for work, stay and play but also in the initiatives that guide urban living.

2.2nd Smart Cities Summit 2015

After a successful first edition in Mumbai last August, the 2nd edition of the Sm@rt Cities Summit was held at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, on February 17-18, 2015. Organised by FIRST Sm@rt Cities Council, the two-day summit aimed to bring all stakeholders under one roof for an impressive exchange of ideas with the theme,

3.IL&FS & GIFTCL to develop Smart Mobility Solutions

Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) and Gujarat International Finance Tec-City Company (GIFTCL) have signed an MoU with Siemens to develop Smart Mobility Solutions for Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT), Gujarat.

4.In India, we need to retrofit and smarten existing infrastructure, says Ajay Durrani and Dr Kumar Iyer of Covestro (India)

Meet one of the leading producers of advanced and high-performance polymers in India and around the world: Covestro India, with its diversified range, offers innovative developments in polyurethanes, polycarbonates, coating, adhesive and specialty raw materials as well as thermoplastic polyurethane elastomers.

5.We are in the process of designing the vision for the coming 30 years, says Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Commissioner

Pimpri Chinchwad, an urban agglomeration near Pune, is an acknowledged masterpiece of community-oriented, real-estate led development.

6.We are in the process of engaging a PMC, says TH Harikumar Singh, Imphal Municipal Commissioner

Adopting the city retrofitting approach, Imphal has been developed with the help of smart mobility, modern facilities and other smart features. Selected in the second round of the Smart Cities Challenge, the core vision statement for Imphal Smart City was 'Urban Revitalisation and Regeneration'.

7.Solving India's biggest problem of mobility will open opportunities for technology and service providers

India's rapidly growing urban population (590 million by 2030) and zooming motorisation rate (400 per cent increase in 15 years) is making cities commute unfriendly. Less than 20 per cent of people use public buses in 33 of India's top 53 cities. This situation has occurred owing to the demand-supply gap, frequent bus breakdowns and high congestion.

8.Smart cities require the development and maintenance of infrastructure

The govt’s mission has identified the need to merge ICT and civil infra

9.Smart Cities: Tendering Opportunities Worth Rs.382 Billion!

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.