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Smart cities progress to hinge on power, infrastructure, funds, technology and social capital: Cushman & Wakefield

According to reports, a successful development of proposed smart cities across the country will depend on five critical elements such as power, infrastructure, funds, technology and social capital, property consultant Cushman & Wakefield said today. The Centre plans to develop 100 smart cities as satellite towns of larger cities and by modernising the existing mid-sized ones. In the Union Budget last year, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had allocated Rs 7,060 crore in the current fiscal for the scheme. In a ... Read More »

Infosys to develop Mysore campus as Smart City

According to reports, Infosys has announced its plans to invest and develop its Mysore campus as a ‘Smart City’. The company will also provide its expertise in the areas of smart infrastructure planning and sustainable building technology to the Ministry of Urban Development. This announcement was made during a meeting between Dr. Vishal Sikka, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director and the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi in New Delhi. The concept of a smart and sustainable city ... Read More »

LED street lights to save Rs 1,000 crore in national capital

According to reports, the government today said replacement of five lakh street lights with LED ones in the national capital would result in savings to the tune of more than Rs 1,000 crore over a period of seven years. Earlier this week, the government launched the national LED lighting programme that would initially cover 100 cities. Union Minister of State for Power Piyush Goyal said the savings would be Rs 1,000 crore over a seven-year period when five lakh street ... Read More »

India to be pro-active in enhancing energy efficiency: Government

According to reports, India will be pro-active in enhancing energy efficiency and expanding renewable energy in the fight against climate change, government told Parliament today while giving details of its role in a recent UN-led global meet on the issue. Making a suo-moto statement in Lok Sabha on UN Climate Conference held in Peruvian capital Lima this month, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said there were efforts by some developed countries to undermine the basic tenents of the UN Convention. “The ... Read More »

Solar power lights up NMC administrative offices

According to reports, taking the Model Solar City project a step further, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has started generating solar energy and utilizing it to illuminate its administrative  offices.In another initiative towards energy efficiency, the civic body has also started installing LED bulbs on street lights. The central government had approved Model Solar City project worth 1,453.10 crore in 2013-14 fiscal. In the first step, NMC had started distribution of solar water heaters at subsidized rates. Now, the NMC ... Read More »

Surat ties up with Microsoft to achieve Smart City dream

According to reports, in what will become a feather in the cap for the diamond city – Surat, the local civic body has tied up with technology giant, Microsoft for bringing innovative and online solutions in civic services and make them more responsive, efficient and people-centric. Microsoft’s CityNext service will empower citizens in Surat with open data and digital way of accessing civic services, thereby making Surat a Smart City. Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) and Microsoft India will jointly transform ... Read More »

India Green IT & sustainability spend to reach $34 billion: Gartner

According to reports, India’s spending on green IT and sustainability initiatives is expected to reach $34 billion in 2014, growing 14.1 per cent over last year, research firm Gartner said today. The spending stood at $29.2 billion in 2013, Gartner said in a statement. In its report ‘Hype Cycle for Green IT and Sustainability in India, 2014,’ analysts said Indian organisations are moving beyond corporate social responsibility as a philanthropic activity, via integration with their core business operations. Eventually, organisational ... Read More »

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