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Home Ministry to propose development of smart cities as ‘safe cities’


By NewsGram Staff-Writer

New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will soon send a proposal to integrate its “safe city” project with the “smart cities” project of the Urban Development (UD) Ministry.

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The proposal if accepted will result in the 100 smart cities being equipped with latest security features like CCTVs and command control centres that will make them safe from crime and terrorism, according to a report in the Economic Times.

Currently, MHA is running the “safe city” project only in seven metros- Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad.

The project includes modernizing the police and equipping them with CCTVs at all public places, a command control center to monitor and act on the live feeds from those CCTVs, a Dial 100 emergency response system, GPS-enabled dispatch of patrol cars, and aerial surveillance using UAVs and helicopters.

The ET report quotes a MHA official as saying: “The idea is that MHA and UD Ministry should not work in isolation on each of its projects and it is better that MHA works with UD on the latter’s project rather than planning for the safety of the cities subsequently.”

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Smart City Kochi will be ready in three years, says CM Pinarayi Vijayan

In February,2016, the first phase was opened which has an area of 6.5 lakh sq feet and several companies have started operations

Kochi Smart City project spread across 246 acres, was announced as an IT Special Economic Zone. Image source: The News Minute
  • The Smart City Kochi project is being jointly developed by Dubai Smart City and the Kerala government
  • The chief minister also said that it will be completed in three years
  • In November 2005, the MoU of this project was inked under the then Chandy government

Kochi, June 23– Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday, said the Kochi Smart City project will be fully ready in three years. Vijayan’s party had boycotted the function when Kochi Smart City’s first phase was inaugurated in February this year, in 2016, after eleven years.

Then leader of opposition V.S. Achuthanandan, who was one of the high profile invitees, did not turn up. The CPI-M organised a protest meet and said that there has been a deviation from the original Kochi Smart City agreement.

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Logo of Smart City Kochi. Image source:

However, on Thursday Vijayan, after meeting top officials of the project, which is being jointly developed by Dubai Smart City and the Kerala government, issued a statement that the project will be going forward as per the agreement.

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The chief minister also said that it will be completed in three years — the agreement that was inked with the previous Chandy government. “When completed, there will be one lakh jobs in the Kochi Smart City and the total area earmarked for IT operations will be 67 lakh sq ft and 21 lakh sq ft for non-IT needs,” said Vijayan.

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In February,2016, the first phase was opened which has an area of 6.5 lakh sq feet and several companies have started operations. The CPI-M had ridiculed the then Chandy government that there is not a single IT company of repute that has opened.

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In November 2005, the MoU of this project was inked under the then Chandy government. And following the change in government, the framework agreement was signed in 2007 by the Achuthanandan government and it was taken forward again only in 2011 after the Chandy government assumed office. -IANS


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IIT Kharagpur to work with Japanese experts on smart cities


Kolkata: To design, plan, develop sustainable habitats and implement smart technologies for India’s smart city growth, The Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur signed a deal with Japan’s Nikken Sekkei Research institute (NSRI).

IIT-Kharagpur’s Ranbir and Chitra Gupta School of Infrastructure Design and Management (RCGSIDM), in association with the department of architecture and regional planning (ARP), has picked up the challenge to re-address the dimensions of smart city growth based on twin concerns: sustainable infrastructure and liveable habitat, officials said.

Under the Memorandum of Understanding signed on Friday, collaborative projects such bullet train, other smart transportation technologies and smart agriculture will be brought in.

“This MoU targets design, planning and implementation of such projects and technologies for sustainable cities. Japan has the expertise in smart technologies and we are banking on our cultural history to take the relationship forward,” said IIT-Kgp director Partha Pratim Chakrabarti.

Metros like Kolkata and peri-urban cities such as Asansol and many others in West Bengal and other states will be part of the plan, he said, during the international symposium on ‘Liveable habitat and sustainable infrastructure: a key to smart city growth’.

Shigehisa Matsumura, principal consultant for NSRI said the deal would be a “good starting point” for the fruitful execution of the smart city programme.

Projects under IIT-Kgp’s Sandhi initiative such as the Varanasi-Kyoto programme have been brought under the ambit of the agreement.

“This envisages recovery of Varanasi’s greenery, creating heritage trails and tourism in the city. For Kyoto, the vision is to recover cultural ethos through the revival of hand-tools, vocational education,” said IIT-Kgp’s professor Joy Sen, in-charge of the work.(IANS)

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Making of a smart city-Karnal


By- JK Bhutani

KARNAL SMART CITY shall be as much a ‘glorious heritage city’ of Daanvir Karna of Mahabharata as it would be, of modern aspirations of youth matching the starry heights of Kalpana Chawla.

The ‘SMART cities’ governed and run by the touch of a touch-screen, are envisioned not only as the face of the development, modernisation and rising economic power of India, but also a mean of fulfilling the aspirations of citizens with the use of information technology and smart solutions in providing clean sustainable environment, inclusive development and rich vibrant urban life.
Besides the provisioning of the potable water, 24×7 power, holistic health, education, skill development, efficient mobility, security and good e-governance with robust IT and connectivity, such cities can emerge as tourism hubs and economic growth clusters.

The SMART makeover essentially consists of rejuvenating the existing developed area (Retrofitting and Re-development), developing the new vacant area (Green field development) and providing smart solutions to exiting built up areas (Pan-city development), thus fulfilling the needs of the maximum  population. The city of Karnal offers opportunities for all these models of smart transformation.


Core Area specific Problems and solutions

  1. The old walled city and surroundings can be developed with heritage and historic rich tourism options (Retrofitting and Redevelopment). The gated walled city designed as a fortress with many gates (Karan , Dyalpura, Jundla, Banso, Kalandari and Mira ghati), along with ‘Karan Taal, Sadar Bazaar, Railway Station’ and ‘The Mall Road’ area can be fitted with connectivity basics, smart power-water-sanitation solutions and other infra structure to develop it as a heritage part of the city in the Mahabharata-Gita belt. The institutional areas of NDRI, CSSRI, NBAGR and DWR can be developed as skill area development centers for the agro-dairy-horticulture industry for rural youth and a futuristic resource for the nation.


  1. The new vacant areas in adjoining villages, medical university area and the relatively new urban sectors (HUDA) and Model Town area can be turned into the ‘model’ of best urban living practices, The new urban estate sectors, the industrial townships and proposed medical university areas can be developed with core basic wire-free power, fibre-optics, embedded systems. sensors and other technology pre-requisites along with renewable energy, water harvesting, and sustainable environment clusters (Green field development)


  1. The whole city, many of the unauthorised colonies (Hansi Road area, Vasant Vihar, Mangal Pur, Rajiv Puram) , nearby villages and ‘post-habitation’ approved colonies must have access to basic needs of water, power, connectivity, urban transport, security, education, health, skill development areas and above all access to e-governance and other common services (Pan-city Development).


Core City problems and Smart Solutions

The fibre-optic networks, a variety of smart sensors and Wi-fi connectivity is fundamental for the smart solutions to city problems and e-governance. The ever increasing need of power, water and quality health and education needs urgent adoption of renewable energy models (Solar and Waste generated), smart electric grid/meters, and recycling of solid wastes/water treatment. The problems of sewerage, rain water drainage, unauthorized colonies and emerging villages need smart solutions.

The old walled city areas (Retrofitting and Redevelopment) offer a unique challenge for providing the fibre-optic network which can be addressed with Wi-Fi networks and hot-spots. The power and water resource pilferage, wastage and optimal use can be achieved with smart grid, metering, sensors and solar energy use. The transport, mobility and parking problems can be addressed with public utilities and ‘outside-the-walled-city’ common parking. The heritage tourism can be boosted by keeping it ethnic, car-free pedestrian/e-rickshaw area  with local food/dialect and other cultural smart shows.

In the case of (Redevelopment and Green Field ) Model the new areas of urban estates, Model Town and Medical university can have solar energy clusters, solid waste treatment areas, and water harvesting smart solutions. The architectural planning of the new area must include wire-free cabling, sensors, actuators, air-quality, motions sensors and security solutions. The city drainage problem has increased after the ‘Mughal Canal’ closure as it provided the natural drain for the old city. The Model-Town area had ‘Cho-drainage’ with many ‘rain-water’ harvesting ponds which can be re-energised with smart solutions.

The ‘Pan-city development’ model can address the common problems of drainage, smart transport, e-surveillance, interactive policing, sensor activated video-surveillance (especially for vulnerable old, children and women groups), online education resource, electronic medical records, telemedicine/video conferencing and uniform ‘state-of-the-art’ health care. The skill development area, e-library and common web-resource areas with the participation of the young citizens in the learning/developing applications in the IoT (Internet of Things), smart apps and the solutions should be encouraged. Making common resource of intelligent ideas, e-library, renewable energy parks, charging areas and kid study/play areas can be a useful asset for learning and sharing for all.

Global/Best practices for Karnal

The ‘Smart Cities’ of the world (New-York, Barcelona, Singapore, Amsterdam, and Dubai) have practiced a variety of smart solutions for efficient transport, parking, solar-smart-electric-grid, crime deterrent video-surveillance and environment-weather coping and enhancements. Karnal offers unique opportunities because of the mixed peace-loving population, fertile land, adequate water and sunshine resource along with the basic infrastructure of power, internet and communication networks. The city of Amsterdam can be a model for Karnal as it has emerged as ‘heritage-education-industrial’ hub with modern amenities.

The smart cities are not built on the edifice of architectural engineering, structure, and material only, but on the co-operation, participation, brotherhood and prosperity of all sections of society. The reach out of the e-governance, policing and public health to each household and citizen is not a utopia anymore, but an attainable goal for us all.

How I will contribute as a Smart-Citizen?

I am a professional medical doctor who has grown with Karnal. The experience of premier institute of PGI, life at Chandigarh and the travels abroad has sown ‘high aspirations and smart solutions’ in us all. I am well versed in the application of technology aided EMR, health delivery and online education portals. My experience in the IT, networks planning and the integration of it with the human resource can be used if required.