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The Race for 100 Smart Cities of India–Framework

The Race for 100 Smart Cities of India–Framework

The second part of the blog on smart cities of India looks at international and national frameworks for smart cities.

International Frameworks

The following are some of the currently available frameworks with respect to smart cities.

  1. CISCO IBSG 2012 – The four layers of the framework provide a logical flow that enables stakeholders to “push” through and test initiatives. The four layers of the framework are as follows. » Read more..

Smart Readiness of Indian Cities – Water Supply

Smart Readiness of Indian Cities – Water Supply

WHERE ARE OUR CITIES?

How close or far our cities are from the prescribed bench marks for smart cities by the MoUD? Such information in turn gives an indication of the gap to be filled with respect to various parameters and benchmarks of MoUD,which have been presented in the second part of this blog, and inputs required.

RATING OF OUR CITIES

During the last few years rating of Indian cities have been initiated/taken up on different parameters by various agencies. Details are given below.

  1. Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD)
    1. Credit Rating:MoUD has initiated credit rating of 65 Indian cities involving four agencies namely a) FITCH, b) CARE, c) CRISIL and d) ICRA. » Read more..

Smart Readiness of Indian Cities – Sewerage and storm water

Smart Readiness of Indian Cities – Sewerage and storm water

 WHERE ARE OUR CITIES?

How close or far our cities are from the prescribed bench marks for smart cities by the MoUD? Such information in turn gives an indication of the gap to be filled with respect to various parameters and benchmarks of MoUD,which have been presented in the second part of this blog, and inputs required.

RATING OF OUR CITIES

During the last few years rating of Indian cities have been initiated/taken up on different parameters by various agencies. Details are given below. » Read more..

Smart City Readiness of India Cities – Livability

Smart City Readiness of India Cities – Livability

 WHERE ARE OUR CITIES?

How close or far our cities are from the prescribed bench marks for smart cities by the MoUD? Such information in turn gives an indication of the gap to be filled with respect to various parameters and benchmarks of MoUD,which have been presented in the second part of this blog, and inputs required.

RATING OF OUR CITIES

During the last few years rating of Indian cities have been initiated/taken up on different parameters by various agencies. Details are given below. » Read more..

Smart City Readiness of Indian Cities – Competitiveness and Credit Rating

Smart City Readiness of Indian Cities – Competitiveness and Credit Rating

 WHERE ARE OUR CITIES?

How close or far our cities are from the prescribed bench marks for smart cities by the MoUD? Such information in turn gives an indication of the gap to be filled with respect to various parameters and benchmarks of MoUD,which have been presented in the second part of this blog, and inputs required.

RATING OF OUR CITIES

During the last few years rating of Indian cities have been initiated/taken up on different parameters by various agencies. Details are given below. » Read more..

The Race for 100 Smart Cities of India – Financing

The Race for 100 Smart Cities of India – Financing

 WHAT IS REQUIRED?

Third part of this blog presented rating of some of the probable cities on some important parameters and benchmarks indicated in the concept paper of MoUD on smart cities. Similar and more complete data for each of the selected city is required to estimate the investment required to develop it as smart city.The investment requirement varies very widely, depending on its priorities based on the level of bench mark for various parameters of various services expected of a smart city.

Green-field smart cities such as Tianjin Eco-City in China, Songdo in Korea, GIFT City in Gujarat are estimated to cost around R70,000-150,000 crore for a target population of around 5 to 10 lakh. The total investment in a brown-field smart city like » Read more..

Smart Readiness of Indian Cities – Solid Waste Management

Smart Readiness of Indian Cities – Solid Waste Management

 WHERE ARE OUR CITIES?

How close or far our cities are from the prescribed bench marks for smart cities by the MoUD? Such information in turn gives an indication of the gap to be filled with respect to various parameters and benchmarks of MoUD,which have been presented in the second part of this blog, and inputs required.

RATING OF OUR CITIES

During the last few years rating of Indian cities have been initiated/taken up on different parameters by various agencies. Details are given below. » Read more..

Why can’t we sell toilets like mobiles?

Open defecation leads to microbial contamination of land and water sources resulting in cumulative harm to health of people, hence hinders economic activity. The cost of inadequate sanitation in India was estimated at Rs. 2.44 trillion, based on the figures for 2006, which is equivalent to 6.4% of GDP*. The Government of India launched Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) and initiated Nirmal Gram Puraskar (NGP) for villages achieving Open Defecation Free (OFD) status. » Read more..

CAPACITY BUILDING

Capacity building is a “buzz word”. Capacity building is increasingly seen as a crucial component of development projects in India – e.g. World Bank projects. However, the capacity building concept is often used in a very narrow sense such as focusing on staff development through formal education and structured training programs to meet the deficit of qualified personnel in the short term. But the concept of Capacity Building should be viewed in a broader context to include the ways and means by which the overall objectives are accomplished.

The term capacity building has many different meanings and interpretations depending on who uses it and in what context. To begin with, capacity building as a concept is closely related to education, training and human resource development. This conventional concept has changed over recent years towards a broader and more holistic view, covering both institutional and area wise initiatives.

There are four broad areas which cover overall capacity building aspects of institutions. They are as follows:

1.         Human and institutional capabilities.

2.         Planning and implementation capabilities.

3.         Micro and macro dimensions.

4.         Cognitive vs. practice dimensions.

Recent research studies reveal that many institutions/Organizations are not giving highest priority to holistic or comprehensive capacity building initiatives. Seldom are they planning for the capacity assessment of the institutions/organizations for in-depth analysis for future capacity development requirements.

Capacity building obviously enhances efficiency and effectiveness of the organizations which will lead to accomplishment of goals of the institutions. Based on the stage, growth and lifecycle of the Institution needs and requirements of the capacity building will emerge. It is imperative time for institutions to allocate resources and time for the competence building of the members through capacity building interventions.

Written by Mr. B.V. Suranjana Reddy,

Senior Social Scientist, STEM