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National Rurban Mission

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the National Rurban Mission in Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh on Sunday, he said that the initiative “is for the person standing in the last row”. Named after Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, the ex-Union Minister, the program seems to represent what Modi said during his speech: “This government is for the poor, Dalits, tribals, oppressed and deprived sections of the society”. Rurban Mission to Complement Smart Cities Initiatives The Shyama Prasad [...]

Smart City Project

The following are the 20 cities that made the cut for the first phase of the ‘Smart Cities Mission’, being launched under the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India: Bhubaneswar, Odisha Pune, Maharashtra Jaipur, Rajasthan Surat, Gujarat Kochi, Kerala Ahmedabad, Gujarat Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh Solapur, Maharashtra Davangere, Karnataka Indore, Madhya Pradesh New Delhi – area under New Delhi Municipal Corporation Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh Belagavi, Karnataka Udaipur, Rajasthan Guwahati, [...]

Municipal Proposals for Smart Cities Project

The municipal corporation of Pune is supposed to place its proposal for the initial round of the Smart Cities project. The proposal is to be made to Maharashtra Government in the upcoming week and it has already received the standing committee’s consent. However, before it is accepted, there are certain guidelines that the Pune Municipal Corporation will have to satisfy, according to Kunal Kumar, the municipal commissioner. He says that the civic body will need [...]

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Housing for All by 2022

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana According to current estimates, the urban population of the country, which has already seen a sharp increase over the past decade, is set to see a phenomenal growth in the years to come. By the year 2050, the country’s urban population is set to reach a population of more than 814 million people. This is an increase of about 400 million from current levels. One of the biggest challenges faced by [...]

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Ericsson Joins Sterlite for Smart Cities Project in India Ericsson, one of the leading telecom equipment manufacturers around the world, has entered into a partnership with Sterlite Technologies to collaborate and create smart cities in India that can be sustained over a longer period of time. As per the contract reached, both will come up with a development plan and use services and solutions that are necessary in order to bring about a society that [...]

Progress made by Modi Government

When Modi stormed into power in 2014 by winning Lok Sabha election with massive mandate, he delivered a strong message: “We are not here for any positions but for a responsibility”. From bureaucrats to MPs, everyone started falling in line. Be it strengthening foreign policy or launching welfare schemes for low-income group, team Modi has been working hard to fulfil people’s expectations. Modi-led government is clocking over a year at the wheel. Here are 10 [...]

One Year of Modi Government: A Look Back

It has almost been a year since Narendra Modi assumed the post of India’s Prime Minister. During the year, his administration has taken plenty of steps – some of which have been lauded for their potential to create a positive impact from the perspective of the country while some have not been so popular. While criticising Modi, it needs to be taken into consideration that it is not entirely possible to bring about a drastic [...]

Urban Transformation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has finally launched his dream project of building 100 Smart Cities on 29 April 2015, when the Cabinet chaired by him approved of Rs 48,000 crore outlay to be spent on the project over the next five years. The Cabinet also approved the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), a mission aimed at transforming 500 cities and towns into efficient urban living spaces, with special focus on a healthy [...]

New Age Maps for Smart Cities

The Indian Government is looking to take recourse to smart maps to ensure the economic betterment of the country. These maps are supposed to provide real time data on different details such as traffic so that people can take necessary steps and save money spent on resources such as fuel. Thanks to these smart maps, it is expected that carbon emissions could be reduced by a million metric tonnes. This is the biggest benefit that [...]

Smart cities project focus on Gujarat

The US Department of Transportation has revealed that it will provide transport facilities, which can be operated on a sustainable basis for the Smart Cities project. These facilities will be offered for Allahabad, Vizag and Ajmer. Incidentally, the government of US has also committed itself to help in making the above mentioned cities Smart Cities as well. Anthony Foxx, the Secretary of Transportation, had a meeting with M Venkaiah Naidu on 9 April and was [...]