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MoUD announces 30 cities under Round III of the National Smart Cities Mission

The Ministry of Urban Development announced the selection of 30 cities under Round III of the National Smart Cities Mission, bringing the total number of cities chosen in the mission to 90. The remaining 10 cities have an opportunity to revise their smart city proposals and resubmit in order to ensure feasible plans. This announcement was followed by the launch of City Liveability Index, whose purpose is to measure the quality of life in 116 major cities including smart cities, capital cities and cities with a population of above one million each. During the launch of the City Liveability Index, a companion document named ‚ÄúMethodology for Collection and Computation of Liveability Standards in Cities‚ÄĚ was also released. It is meant to be the guiding document for data collection, analysis and calculation of various scores for the different parameters.

NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab publishes Volume 3 Issue 2 of its newsletter

NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab publishes Volume 3, Issue 2 of its newsletter detailing the team‚Äôs activities between April 2017 and June 2017. The newsletter titled ‚ÄėCIDCO@Smart’ gives an insight into the work done by the CIDCO Smart City Lab team in the areas of Research, Capacity Building, Innovation and Project support for CIDCO.

The newsletter is available for download here.

NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab launches Ujjwal Training Portal

On 5th July, 2017, NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab launched Ujjwal, CIDCO’s first customized training portal. Its purpose is to aid the implementation of CIDCO’s new Training Policy. The Training Policy was approved by the CIDCO Board as a step towards overcoming barriers to training and knowledge enhancement for all Class I & Class II CIDCO officers. Ujjwal is an integrated platform that provides access to a wide choice of managerial, technical and behavioural courses from world-class institutes, through a user-friendly interface. It can be accessed at https://cidco-smartcity.niua. org/ujjwal.

NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab Training Cell is driving the propagation of the training portal across the multiple departments within CIDCO. As a part of this effort, it is conducting training sessions titled ‚ÄėSamwaad‚Äô in every department within CIDCO. In the three weeks since its launch, the portal has already registered 25% of its expected users. Out of which 50% have registered their interest for participating in trainings and 80% have been confirmed for participation.

NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab establishes a Training Cell at CIDCO, Navi Mumbai

On 15th May, 2017, NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab established a Training Cell at CIDCO, Navi Mumbai to facilitate the implementation of CIDCO’s Training Policy. The primary aim of the Cell is to support CIDCO and its officers in the identification of training needs and facilitation of participation in corresponding training programmes.

Lead by the Training Coordinator, Ms. Manjali Arora Suneja the Training Cell is situated at CIDCO Bhavan in Navi Mumbai to ensure dedicated support to the capacity building activities within CIDCO. It works in close collaboration with NIUA’s New Delhi office. The Cell is focused on promoting use of Ujjwal, CIDCO’s first Training Portal, through trainings for CIDCO Officers. It also addresses all queries and issues related to the use of the portal and maintains an update course database. One of its key tasks is to build partnerships with institutes that provide relevant trainings on subjects relevant to CIDCO. Any enquiries regarding the Training Cell’s activities can be directed to

NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab @ 14th Municipalika Conference

Rewa Marathe, Research Associate, NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab presented at the 14th Municipalika conference in Navi Mumbai, as part of the panel on Healthy, Green & Connected cities. She shared the findings of a study recently conducted by NIUA on Transit Oriented Development in Indian Smart Cities. The presentation can be viewed here. Former Secretary, MoUD, Dr. M. Ramachandran chaired the panel and it included representatives from public and private sector. The discussion focused on the need of high quality pedestrian infrastructure for last mile connectivity and the significance of citizen participation for creating a healthy, green and connected city.

NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab publishes combined issue (Vol 2, issue 4 & Vol 3, issue 1) of its newsletter

CIDCO Smart City Lab publishes combined issue (Vol 2, issue 4 & Vol 3, issue 1) of its newsletter detailing the team‚Äôs activities between October 2016 and March 2017. The newsletter titled ‚ÄėCIDCO@Smart’ gives an insight into the work done by the CIDCO Smart City Lab team in the areas of Research, Capacity Building, Innovation and Project support for CIDCO.

The newsletter is available for download at NL_LO

NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab Participates in Stakeholder’s Workshop on Delhi-Gurgaon-Rewari-Alwar Regional Rapid Transit System

Urban Mass Transit Company (UMTC) organised a stakeholder engagement for the Delhi-Gurgaon-Rewari-Alwar RRTS on the 22nd of April at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi. Research Associates Suzana Jacob and Rewa Marathe participated in the workshop on behalf of the CIDCO Smart City Lab.

UMTC shared the DPR for the RRTS corridor, outlining the technical specifications and the financial models adopted for the project. The presentations included a discussion on the alignment and construction of the corridor along with expected ridership and revenue generation, multi-modal integration at the various stations and the development of the area around it. Ministry of Urban Development Additional Secretary Shri. D.S. Mishra delivered the inaugural address for the workshop.

NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab presents on National Smart City Mission at Constitution Club

Siddharth Pandit, Chair ‚Äď CIDCO Smart City Lab, presented an overview of the National Smart City Mission to Members of Parliament at Constitution Club. PRS Legislative Research organised the talk where NIUA was invited to give insights on the National Smart City Mission. The presentation included an overview of the Mission, highlights from the Smart City Proposals of 33 cities and implementation parameters such as formation SPV and PMC, and challenges and opportunities lying ahead. The presentation can be viewed here-Smart City Mission PRS 22.3.17

NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab submits suggestions on the National TOD Policy Draft

The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), Government of India has prepared a draft for the national Transit Oriented Development (TOD) policy. On 28th February 2017, it held a workshop to brief the States and UTs on the policy framework. CIDCO Smart City Lab submitted suggestions/inputs for the TOD policy draft to the MoUD based on its learnings from the study conducted on TOD in Indian Smart Cities. These suggestions/inputs were structured into three parts:

·         overall suggestions for sections

·         specific suggestions for amendment to the existing language within the sections

·         specific recommendations for critical issues that should be included in the policy.

Some of the key suggestions/inputs submitted are as follows:

1.       Establish access to high-quality mass transit and parking restrictions as the underlying core mechanism for TOD.

2.       TOD should support higher density than the surrounding area. Density should be defined in terms of built-up area, population and jobs (per unit area). FSI should not be used as the sole measure of density. High density should be complemented with a mix of land uses (places of work, residence and leisure) to reduce the need to travel.

3.       TOD developments should address the larger housing needs of the city by including a larger component of affordable housing (including rental, micro units and temporary shelter housing). Further, classification of the housing stock should be diversified beyond traditional income-based groups to include tenure, size, composition, household type (from census definition).

4.       DCRs and Form-Based Codes should be used to create street-oriented buildings and active street frontages that lead to the use of public spaces all through the day. This can help make the neighbourhood vibrant and safer through natural surveillance. Public spaces should also accommodate the informal sector (such as street vendors).

5.       Engagement of the private sector in the process of developing a TOD to enable the developers to build projects that respond to the local environment, improving the chances of its success. This will also help the local governments deficient in capacity, experience and resources, in long term and large-scale citizen engagement.

6.       Reorganisation of the 21 principles of TOD outlined by MoUD in their TOD Guidance Document, into 5 constructs of TOD: Design, Density, Diversity, Housing and Mobility Рto simplify the discussion on TOD.

NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab @ International Workshop for Development of TOD Projects in Indian Smart Cities

CIDCO Smart City Lab participated in a two day International Workshop on the Development of TOD Projects in Indian Smart Cities on 12th and 13th January, 2017. The event was organised for administrators of Smart Cities, which have proposed implementation of TODs in their Smart City Proposals. City representatives and PMCs from 13 cities took part in the event held at India Habitat Center in New Delhi.