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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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Photo credit: www.dqindia.com

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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Pune to Partner with UNSW, Sydney in a Bid to Plan ‘Smart and Accessible City’

In collaboration with the UNSW-Sydney, the corporation hosted a workshop titled "Planning Smart, Healthy and Accessible Cities" here on Friday

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File:Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the launch of Smart Cities Mission, Pune. Wikimedia Commons

In a bid to plan a “smart and accessible city”, the Pune Smart City Development Corporation Ltd. (PSCDCL) has partnered with University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney that would help the city fulfill its digital innovation agenda with big-data analytics.

Pune has already established itself as a leader in innovative and sustainable use of information and communications technology (ICT) for transforming governance and delivery of municipal services.

“UNSW takes pride in the cutting-edge and rigorous research work it undertakes. The university has forged strong collaborations with Australian government departments, as well as with countries abroad so that students can work on research with a real-life application approach. This Pune initiative furthers this endeavour,” Amit Dasgupta, India Director, UNSW, said in a statement on Saturday.

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In collaboration with the UNSW-Sydney, the corporation hosted a workshop titled “Planning Smart, Healthy and Accessible Cities” here on Friday. Wikimedia Commons

In collaboration with the UNSW-Sydney, the corporation hosted a workshop titled “Planning Smart, Healthy and Accessible Cities” here on Friday.

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UNSW Sydney has come together with PSCDCL to develop the city as a “Living Lab”‘ – to explore and equip Pune with an advanced smart-city infrastructure, replete with a set of toolkit, platform and models enabling the corporation and local public and private stakeholders to collaborate in a digital environment.

“Practical applications of the use of big-data analytics tools during the workshop would allow public policymakers to visualise and test possible future-city growth scenarios,” said the university. The feedback and lessons from the workshop would help development localised educational material and training modules focused on smart cities and big data. (IANS)