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NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab publishes Volume 4, Issue 1 of its newsletter

NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab publishes CIDCO@Smart Volume 4, Issue 1 detailing the team’s activities from January 2018 to March 2018. The newsletter gives an insight into the work done by the Smart City Lab team in the areas of Research, Capacity Building, Innovation and Project support for CIDCO.

It is available for viewing and downloading here.

The training cell initiated ‘Vimarsh’ workshops

The objective of the workshop was to initiate a dialogue with the participants to know more about the institute they went to, their accommodation and their learning.  All participants in the month of February’18 were invited. Participants who had gone to ASCI, IRMA, CSIR-CRRI and ESCI attended the discussion.

During the discussion, almost all participants spoke individually about the institute, the accommodation, the faculty/instructors, learnings from the training, and how they would like to make a difference through this training.

The idea behind Vimarsh is to have a healthy and interactive discussion with the participants and discuss about their experiences during the training. This will allow them to know about other institutes apart from the institute they have already attended.

NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab attends workshops and discussions

NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab participated in the WSDS 2018, organised by TERI, by attending the thematic workshop on ‘Strengthening an evidence-based policy framework for sustainable transport’ on 15th Feb, 2018. NIUA-CIDCO Smart City lab also attended the stakeholder discussion on ‘India Urban Mobility Study’ organized jointly by TERI, World Bank and the ITF on 16th Mar, 2018.

Customized training program for DOs and ADOs in YASHADA, Pune.

Training cell conducted a Customized training program for general cadre DOs and ADOs in two different batches at YASHADA, Pune from 1st to 3rd Feb, 2018. The trainings were designed for three days each with an objective to familiarize the participants with land related matters and compliance in legislative and judicial work. Several internal and external faculties were invited for the session and each faculty shared an in depth knowledge of topics assigned to them.

Training cell conducted another Samvad session for the planning department at CIDCO.

The training cell conducted another Samvad session for the planning department of CIDCO wherein various cadre officers from planning were told about the newly introduced features of Ujjwal. Officers came up with several queries on the use of Ujjwal and the training cell team managed to resolve all of them. Several senior planning officers suggested to add the option of keyword search in selecting a course.

NIUA CIDCO Smart City Lab publishes Volume 3 Number 3 and 4 of its Newsletter

NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab publishes CIDCO@Smart Volume 3 Issues 3 and 4, detailing the team’s activities from July 2017 and December 2017. The newsletter gives an insight into the work done by the Smart City Lab team in the areas of Research, Capacity Building, Innovation and Project support for CIDCO. It is available for download here.

NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab Shares Comments on the Draft TOD Policy for Delhi

NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab shared comments on the Draft TOD Policy for Delhi. These comments were presented in context of the five constructs of Transit Oriented Development – Urban Density, Design, Diversity, Mobility and Housing. In summary, they were as follows:

  1. Need for phasing the development of areas under the policy along the MRTS corridors
  2. Need to ensure strong multi-modal integration
  3. Need for stronger parking restrictions within the TOD
  4. Need for eliminating FAR limits within the TOD and:
    • Using number people/households/jobs as markers of density
    • Reducing the practice of using FAR based incentives
  5. Need for diversification of housing unit size, types and occupancy

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 “Methodology for Collection and Computation of Liveability Standards in Cities” 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’s activities between April 2017 and June 2017. The newsletter titled ‘CIDCO@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 ‘Samwaad’ 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.