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Union Minister Prakash Javadekar says basics like sewage treatment must be improved before ambitious ‘smart’ cities plans can be realized, the Economic Times reports.
The philanthropy will oversee a groundbreaking contest in which Indian cities compete for infrastructure funding, the Economic Times reports.
A third of India’s urban population would be impacted by plans for 100 ‘smart’ cities, the Centre for Internet and Society says.
A concerted effort to switch homes and cities from conventional to LED bulbs could result in dramatic energy savings for India, Quartz reports.
Critics of India’s plan for 100 ‘smart cities’ say investing in villages might prevent a crush of migration to cities in the first place, Indian Express and iGovernment report.
The city wins plaudits for emphasizing waste management and discouraging residents from relieving themselves outdoors, FirstPost reports.
Bloomberg Philanthropies has partnered with India’s government on a new contest that would fund the most innovative smart city proposals.
Ajit Gulabchand tells CityMetric that new cities such as ultra-modern Lavasa are needed in India to accommodate migration to urban areas.
State governments will recommend existing cities and new projects that will compete to be among India’s 100 “smart cities,” the Business Standard reports.
India’s prime minister is touting his plan for Gujarat International Finance Tec-City as a model for the nation’s urbanization, Reuters reports.
There’s growing support in India for “climate resilience” measures to ensure that upgrades to cities are not washed away by cyclones, monsoons and floods, the Thomson Reuters Foundation reports.
Rebuilding with an eye toward energy efficiency and density should be central to India’s plan for 100 smart cities, Shailesh Pathak recommends in Swarajya.
The switch is designed to reduce harmful emissions, cut costs and better illuminate public spaces, according to The Climate Group.
The Indian government sees opportunities for improving 300 cities by having them adopt Surat’s successful energy, waste, water and e-government policies, the Times of India reports.
For India Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a “smart” city by his country’s standards is a place that’s capable of providing essential public services, Zee News reports.
India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of 100 “smart cities” could get a boost from Singapore, the Economic Times reports.
A new Indian government initiative seeks to provide low-cost, temporary housing to migrants who stream into major cities seeking employment, OneIndia News reports.
A campaign to clean up India’s cities faces long odds since many municipalities are ill-equipped to collect and treat refuse, the Washington Post reports.
Antiquated rules that stem from British rule of India limit the authority of mayors in ways that could undermine the new prime minister’s vision for urban development, Bloomberg reports.
Urbanist Sanjeev Sanyal writes in India Today that smart cities must contain “smart slums” that enable social and financial mobility for the poor.