Friday, September 12, 2014

Smart City Conclave

The Smart City Conclave at Vigyan Bhavan took place in two parts. In the forenoon session, Principal Secretaries of various states interacted with Secretary MoUD on a draft concept paper. In the second half, Union Minister Venkiah Naidu interacted with Ministers and officers. From Bengal, since Minister UD was unable to come for the by-elections, I represented the state.

The concept paper talked about certain condition precedents that must be satisfied by the cities before being considered smart. The 100 smart cities would largely be allocated to the states on population basis (one satellite city for the 4 metros, one for each state capital, etc). The concept paper can be seen at MoUD_Smart City . I said we'll examine in details and get back with our views.

MoUD also decared that a "Clean India"campaign would be launched on 2nd October this year and would run for 5 years.

Photo: At Vigyan Bhavan
At Vigyan Bhavan this morning
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Yesterday, the work on constructing a pedestrian bridge at the rear of Eco Island started. This will be meant mostly for the services. Some important events are being planned in Nov 2014 - Jan 2015.A photo:

Breaking coconut for bridge to Eco Island


  1. the document shows different criteria for smart city. In existing city it is hard to implement these benchmark.
    Can New town fulfill these criteria to get the status of a smart city ?
    According to the document':
    Kolkata can develop a new satellite city.
    Siliguri and Asansol has a million plus population. Is brown field development in
    these two town will be entertained or different greenfield towns like raghunathpur will be build ?

  2. It would be really great if Cisco, IBM, etc. can be roped in for the same.