Understanding Environmental Laws for Better Compliance; Centre for Science and Environment, Alwar; 18th – 22nd September, 2017
Communication, Presentation Skills and Report Writing; Indian Institute of Management, Indore; 14th – 16th January 2019
You have recently attended a course on Communication, Presentation Skills and Report Writing. How was your experience?
I have done two residential trainings through Ujjwal. My training experience in both the trainings was excellent. The first training was on Understanding Environmental Laws for better Compliance in Centre for Science and Environment. The faculty in this training were very good and made the topic very simple. The second training in IIM, Indore also had excellent faculty.
Do you think this course helped you in your current role and how do you relate this course to your daily life (personal and professional)?
The content taught in my second course on communication and report writing is a part of my current profile and has helped me a lot. In my daily routine, I have to give my opinion on different files. Report writing training has played an important role in improved my writing and communication skills. Apart from these two trainings, I have also attended a customized training on RTI which was also very helpful. The first course I attended hasn’t been so useful in my daily work as of now but it might be useful if I am transferred to some other department.
Who all were the participants and how was your interaction with other participants?
The participants were from different organisations, both public and private. They were from different fields like planning, engineering, scientists, etc. In both the trainings, I got many opportunities to have discussions with the fellow participants.
How do you think if other CIDCO employees go for similar course would be benefited?
Of-course, especially the course on communications, presentation skills and report writing is highly relevant for CIDCO Officers and I strongly recommend it.
What are your views about implementation of Ujjwal in CIDCO?
Ujjwal team is doing a great job in helping CIDCO in its Capacity Building model. It will go a long way.
Routine bus maintenance is crucial for the smooth functioning of an effective bus system. Preventive maintenance is defined as a servicing undertaken by technicians to maintain equipment in a satisfactory operating condition, to avoid failures or major defects (US Department of Defence, 2018). It helps anticipate and initiate repairs, improves safety, prevent service interruptions and critical mechanical failure on the road. Regular maintenance of bus fleets has the benefit of (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2010):
preventing mechanical failures
achieving zero breakdowns during service
reducing Green House Gas (GHG) emissions
lowering fuel costs by improving fuel efficiency
promoting passenger satisfaction and public
improving occupancy rate, and
increasing service life of buses
Preventive maintenance measures are usually conducted at fixed intervals. These intervals are based on legal requirements, the operating agency’s prior experience, manufacturer’s warranty requirements or merely borrowed from other agencies. The preventive maintenance interval suggested in the United States is 6,000 miles or about 10,000 kilometres (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2010). In India, APSRTC (2016) reports doing the same within 9000 to 15,000 kilometres depending on the type of operation, age and model of the bus. Similarly, BMTC (2012) performs a docking preventive maintenance at a span of 20,000 kms. apart from the periodic 1 day, 2 days and 10 days maintenance. Apart from Preventive Maintenance Inspections (PMI), daily service line inspections are also undertaken. Through the case studies of WMATA and APSRTC, this article looks into the measures, needs and advantages of Preventive Maintenance.
CASE STUDY 1: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA): Use of AVM to optimize preventive maintenance
Metrobus service at Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) provides service in Washington DC. With a fleet of 1500 buses, WMATA covers an area of 1500 square miles. It serves a population of 3.4 million and logs about 134 million trips annually. As of 2010, the fleet also contains 460 CNG buses and 50 hybrid buses, with steps being taken to increase the number of low emission buses. WMATA has a preventive maintenance interval of 6000 miles (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2010).
WMATA uses Automatic Vehicle Monitoring (AVM) system to support their preventive maintenance measures effectively. About half of their fleet are equipped with AVM and depots are equipped to download the service line data wirelessly when the bus enters the depots. Data on various components such as engine, transmission, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, door system, brake pushrod travel, etc. are monitored, recorded and reported on a daily basis. When specific parameters are over the critical range, the driver receives an alert immediately. The system also notifies the control centre and maintenance department about the flagged defaults. In other non-critical cases, an itemized report (annex 1) is generated to aid technicians to prioritize repairs. Technicians then schedule non-critical defects for maintenance at another time or during the next upcoming PM inspection (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2010).
The benefits of preventive maintenance through AVM are as follows (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2010):
Senior technicians are able to conduct a trend analysis from the review of past issues. The trend analysis generates a work order on detecting the actions required to correct the defect. This relieves the technicians from diagnostics work.
Fault detections are faster and more accurate
Using AVM has enabled the collection of system components data on a daily basis, instead of PMIs of 10,000 kms. This regular check on components has helped prevent initial problems from growing into critical issues.
Loaded with quality information and analyses, WMATA is able to request certain technical specifications while procuring new buses.
The agency also uses the data to check for procedural compliance of drivers
The agency is able to save money from warranty claims
CASE STUDY 2: APSRTC: Maintenance practices to maximize fuel economy
Improvement in fuel efficiency is another major benefit that stems from regular fleet maintenance. In 2015-16, 47 SRTUs reported that on an average they spent about 25% of their operating cost on fuel (Ministry of Road Transport, 2017). Therefore, even a small improvement in fuel efficiency significantly reduces the operating cost. The cost saved can be diverted into critical service repairs and improvements.
Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) covers over 4.3 million kilometres and carries about 6.5 million passengers. As of 2015, it has 12,152 buses. In an effort to maximize the fuel economy and reduce GHG emissions, Energy Sector Management Assistance Program developed bus maintenance guidelines and implemented them in Hyderabad and Vijayawada in APSRTC in 2011. Some of the recommended course of actions include (ESMAP, 2011):
setting fuel economy benchmark
publicly communicating fuel economy results
automation of data collection and analysis
using data to refine preventive maintenance interval
conducting two-tiered checks at the depot and central maintenance facility
requiring mechanics to sign-off repairs
conducting random and period checks of repairs
having an independent QA/QC team
retraining mechanics periodically
Trainings for low performing drivers
providing awards as incentives for technicians and drivers
A key recommendation was to conduct two-tiered maintenance checks that are well documented and standardized as operating procedure. Junior to mid-level mechanics can conduct the Tier 1 (Annexure 2) maintenance while Tier 2 (Annexure 3) maintenance needs to be done by well-trained senior mechanics.
The above recommendations were implemented and tested over a period of 10 weeks in 2011. Under APSRTC, 3 bus depots were chosen to do the field testing, namely Bharkatpura (BKPT) depot in Hyderabad, Governorpet1 (GVPT1) and Governorpet2 (GVPT2) in Vijayawada. In each of these depots, 10 buses and 20 drivers performing lowly on fuel economy were identified each month. Maintenance for low performing buses and trainings on good driving practices for the drivers was conducted to maximize the fuel economy (ESMAP, 2011).
Image 1: Maintenance facility of APSRTC Source: APSRTC, 2016
From the subset of buses that underwent maintenance, the results show that the maintenance had a positive and significant effect
on the fuel economy. Average fuel economy benefits range from 6 to 9 percent. Figure 1 shows the fuel economy improvements from repairs at Bharkatpura Depot in Hyderabad Older buses (>=4 years) appear to benefit more from the maintenance activities than newer buses (< 3 years) (ESMAP, 2011).
Figure 1: Percent fuel economy improvements from repair of buses at Bharkatpura Depot in Hyderabad.
Source: ESMAP, 2011
The trainings for drivers included instructions for best practices with on-road training. The design of the training accustomed the drivers with the local driving conditions. From figure 2, it is evident that on an average the fuel economy improvements from driver training were between 5 to 10 percent. Displaying the fuel economy’s information publicly made the drivers feel highly motivated. Awarding the mechanics and drivers for good fuel economy performance boosted their pride and their performance (ESMAP, 2011).
Figure 2: Percent fuel economy improvements from driver training in Vijayawada and Hyderabad
Source: ESMAP, 2011
Scaling up the results of figure 3 for the entire fleet of Hyderabad (3290 buses), the gain in fuel economy from maintaining old buses would be around 3% and from maintaining new buses it would be 2.1%. Similarly, the benefit of driver training for the entire fleet is estimated to be 2.7%. When extrapolating the results for both maintenance and driver training combined, the benefit from fuel economy is estimated to be 4.8% for the new buses and 5.7% for old buses (ESMAP, 2011).
Assuming 100 buses in a depot, the cost-benefit ratio of the recommended changes is 1.94 for new buses to 2.31 for old buses. The monthly cost of implementing all the recommended changes is estimated to be INR 1,46,651 per bus and the fuel savings per month is estimated to be INR 2,84,928 per bus for newer buses and INR 3,38,352 per bus for older buses. In Hyderabad alone, APSRTC can save about INR 95,40,000 per month by achieving a 5 percent improvement in the fuel economy (FE) (ESMAP, 2011).
Figure 3: Comparison of Average Fuel Economy
In WMATA, the availability of real-time data has equipped the agency to engage in preventive maintenance measures actively, thereby ensuring smooth functioning of the bus system in Washington DC. Through data analysis, the agency has developed a deep understanding of their priorities and specific requirements in buses. Flagged issues are dealt with at the earliest possibility, rather than allowing it to develop into a critical and more expensive problem to fix.
In APSRTC’s case study, test results from Hyderabad and Vijayawada reiterate the importance of preventive maintenance and onroad training of bus drivers to maximize on the fuel economy. With cost-benefit ratios of 1.94 for new buses and 2.31 for old buses, the recommended maintenance activities prove to be cost-effective for large operators with in-house maintenance capacity. These results would be more effective on considering the benefits from reduced GHG emissions and improved safety. The APSRTC case study has demonstrated that overall efficiency and safety improvements can be achieved costeffectively through maintenance activities.
The above recommendations for preventive maintenance are based on the assumptions that the depots have at least 70 to 100 buses, have an existing maintenance facility, has ability to conduct most of the maintenance activities in-house and has the capacity to train its drivers. These measures might be cost-intensive and challenging for informal bus operators who manage fewer routes with a smaller bus fleet. Yet, it is imperative for small-scale operators to plan and schedule their maintenance activities to benefit from improvements in fuel economy and improved safety.
Annex 1 – An example of a daily non-critical exemptions report generated
Source: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2010
Annex 2: Tier 1 Checks At The Local Bus Depot To Improve Fuel Economy
Source: ESMAP, 2011
Annex 3: Tier 2 checks at the central bus maintenance facility to improve fuel economy
NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab publishes combined issue volume 5, Issue 1 & 2 of CIDCO@Smart
July 16, 2019
CIDCO Smart City Lab publishes Volume 5 – Issue 1 & 2 of its newsletter CIDCO@Smart, detailing the team’s activities between Jan and June 2019. This issue talks about Urban Eco-system and explains its various elements through different case studies from around the world.
The different articles talk about Urban Heat Island effect, Urban Food Systems, Indicators for a Slum Redevelopment Program, Urban Sanitation and Wastewater in India, Impact of Urban Morphology on Social Life, Cases of Self-organisation in Amsterdam, London's Low Emission Zones, etc.
This newsletter is available for viewing and downloading here.
CIDCO Smart City Lab presents Ujjwal platform to AIGGPA
May 10, 2019
Siddharth Pandit, Chair, CIDCO Smart City Lab presented CIDCO's knowledge management system to members of AIGGPA (Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Good Governance and Policy Analysis) in NIUA office, New Delhi. He spoke about the training management system and about UJJWAL (The One Stop Shop Solution for CIDCO’s training management system).
Customised training on Self-defence was held in Navi Mumbai
April 18, 2019
CIDCO Smart City Lab's training cell organised a self-defence training for all the female staff members of CIDCO. The aim of the workshop was to sensitise women on crime-awareness, safety and self-defence. It was organised on 10th April 2019 at Agri Koli Bhavan, Nerul. Mrs. Vidya Tambve, Manager Personnel, inaugurated the training programme and emphasised on the importance of self-defence and safety of each female employee in CIDCO. She also appreciated the initiation of female members who nominated themselves and attended the workshop. Self-defence expert, Mr. Sharif Bapu, gave lessons and important tips to the participants to act smartly and safely to protect themselves in times of danger. He also shared a few real time cases.
Customised training on Prevention of Sexual Harassment (POSH) held in ASCI, Hyderabad
April 15, 2019
2-day customised training on Prevention of Sexual Harrassment (POSH) was held in ASCI, Hyderabad for the female employees of CIDCO. Topics like ethics and values at the workplace, biases in social perception, safety audit of workplace, Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal, etc. were covered during the workshop.
CIDCO employees visit Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of National University of Singapore
February 21, 2019
7 participants from CIDCO visited Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of National University of Singapore (NUS) from 11th to 15th February 2019 for a 5-day executive programme co-ordinated by NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab. The topic/agenda of the workshop was 'Insights on Urban Management'. The topics covered during the workshop were principles of urban governance in Singapore, PPP for infrastructure development, key success factors for sustainable industrial development, fundamentals of public transport, management and policies of public housing, water as an urban management agenda, opportunities and challenges of innovation and technology, risk management, etc.
NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab publishes combined issue Volume 4, Issue 3 & 4 of CIDCO@Smart
January 24, 2019
CIDCO Smart City Lab publishes combined issue Volume 4 – Issue 3 & 4 of its newsletter CIDCO@Smart, detailing the team’s activities between July and December 2018. This issue takes different case studies from all around the world discussing the importance of public spaces. It identifies the coherence of SDGs with public open spaces and the subsequent articles focuses on various best practice models in different cities around the world.
This issue talks about different cases such as revitalising the streets, designing gender sensitive public spaces and public spaces as promoters of equity and social inclusion. It also looks into the case of Pike Place Market in Seattle to understand the economy of public markets, innovative ideas such as transforming a landfill site into a public park and emerging ideas like development of urban agriculture under transmission lines.
This newsletter is available for viewing and downloading here.
CIDCO Smart City Lab speaks at World Bank Office, New Delhi
December 3, 2018
The World Bank and All India Institute of Local Self-Government (AIILSG) organized a one-day Consultative workshop “Capacity Building for Digital Strategies and Solutions for Smart Cities in India” on 30th November 2018 at World Bank Office, New Delhi. The objective of the workshop was to develop a capacity building framework for smart city leaders for capacitating the Urban bodies of India and South Asia. A host of agencies including experts from World Bank, AIILSG, UN-Habitat, UN University and universities from around the world participated in the workshop.
Siddharth Pandit, Chair, CIDCO Smart City Lab, participated as a speaker in the panel discussion. He spoke about the training management system of CIDCO and UJJWAL – The One Stop Shop Solution for CIDCO’s training management system. He presented the capacity building approach that integrates policy, technology and knowledge partners for improving capacities of ULB officials and institutions in India.
The training cell conducts 6th Session of ‘Vimarsh’
November 30, 2018
On November 28, 2018, all participants from the month of October ’18 were invited for the sixth session of vimarsh, out of which 6 participants came to attend. Participants who had gone to ASCI, CRRI, IIML and VNIT attended the discussion. They were satisfied with the overall experience of the training they attended.
Participants who had attended a behavioral training in ASCI were very impressed by the logistics and accommodation allotted for them. One of the female participant acknowledged that the stay was very safe, secure and comfortable. Personal assistance was also available. All the participants, in general, were satisfied with the course and faculties. They suggested that the course could be supplemented with site visits; however, it was informed that for a behavioral course site visit do not set in line with the course objectives.
Participants who had been to IIML were also pleased with the faculty assistance and the facilities provided at the institute. One of the participants mentioned that, “Everything was excellent and we have never attended such kind of training before”. Participants did feel that they had a very hectic schedule as even after the session they were engaged in Group discussions and Case studies. Despite the tiring schedule, the participants wanted to suggest this institute to all CIDCO officers because they felt that the kind of knowledge shared and way of teaching was marvelous. Real life examples quoted during the program were also appreciated. Other participants who attended the program with our participants were from ONGC, LIC and various other reputed organizations. Participants were thankful to Ujjwal for helping and convincing them for the training.
Training Cell also encouraged the participants to submit the study material to Ujjwal team or to the library for other employees to be able to access it. On requesting for an option to search for institutes while selecting the courses, the Training Cell informed that it is an intent of the management for the applicant to go through the course objectives while selecting the course rather than just looking at the institute or the brand name.
All the participants thanked Ujjwal team and JMD I, CIDCO to provide such an opportunity to CIDCO Officials.
The training cell conducts fifth session of ‘Vimarsh’
October 26, 2018
Fifth Session of Vimarsh took place on 24th October 2018 with the objective of understanding and sharing the participant feedback in regard to their learnings, stay, faculty and the institute they went to. Participants also spoke about the ease of using Ujjwal and the expected future trainings. 14 employees participated in the discussion forum bringing forward varied experiences from institutes like IIM-A, IIM-C, ISB, ASCI, ESCI and IRMA-Anand.
Employees who went to IIMA were extremely happy with the standard of the training and the course delivery. The course on Theory of Relativity helped them understand the dynamic nature of an organizational setup, ways to establish a relationship matrix and understand the authority in the organizational set up. The other course conducted at Ahmedabad campus engaged the participants extensively in assignments and role plays for enhancing communication strategies. They were also happy with Ujjwal Team’s assistance on course selection. Participants who went to IIMC, ESCI and IRMA appreciated the overall course content and delivery by faculty, campus premises, boarding and food arrangements. They were impressed by the punctuality and professionalism maintained throughout the training programme. Participant who attended training in IIMC praised the faculty for modifying the course content as per participants’ expectations.
Emphasizing on the benefits of the attended training in personal and professional growth, the participants requested the training cell to insist every employee of CIDCO to attend a training. Some participants suggested cross-functional learning within different departments in CIDCO, in response the training cell explained them the procedure to raise customized training programme request for the same.
Most of the employees were happy with their learning experience through Ujjwal. They appreciated efforts done by the training cell and were thankful to the management for providing such an opportunity to CIDCO employees.
CIDCO Smart City Lab participates and help organize CITIIS Preparatory Workshop
October 2, 2018
The CITIIS program, launched by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), financed by the French Development Agency (AFD) and the European Union (EU) organised a national-level Preparatory workshop for 100 smart cities on 25-26th September 2018 in New Delhi. Under the program, 15 projects from the city's Smart City Proposals will be selected through a challenge process. CIDCO Smart City Lab participated and actively helped in organizing the 2-day workshop.
NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab Publishes Volume 4, Issue 2 of CIDCO@Smart
August 7, 2018
CIDCO Smart City Lab publishes Volume 4 - Issue 2 of its newsletter 'CIDCO@Smart', detailing the team’s activities between April and June 2018. Concentrating on the bus transport networks, this special issue takes different case studies from all around the world. It identifies the issues and challenges faced by the bus systems and the subsequent articles focuses on various best practice models in different cities around the world.
The newsletter is available for viewing and downloading here.
The training cell conducts 4th session of ‘Vimarsh’
August 6, 2018
The training cell conducted 4th session of 'Vimarsh' on 3rd August 2018 where they spoke with all available training participants of June '18. These participants had attended training programs in different institutes like ASCI, CSE, ESCI, IIMC and IIRS. The discussion was specific to experiences and individual feedback on course contents and the institutes.
IIRS and CSE received positive reviews, the participants were quite happy with the course delivery. The course in IIRS provided the participants with worthy insights on application of GIS and an opportunity to interact with the senior scientists on its use. Engineers who attended the training at CSE were impressed by the energy efficiency and resource management practices implemented in its campus introduced during the training and through various experiences shared by practicing architects.
The participants were happy with their program in ASCI and were keen on recommending the Institute to others. The site visits during the training helped them understand the topic thoroughly. They found the campus, accommodation and food exceptionally good. They felt the course was very informative, however one of the participant felt that the programme was more relevant to beginners and inclined towards project administrators rather than planners. This participant also felt that Ujjwal has very few courses for planners, while it was duly conveyed that there are lot more courses for planning department and almost all officials from planning have already gone for the related courses of their interest and relevance to their roles in the department. Several courses relevant to planning available on the portal are repetitively organized every year by respective organizations. Training cell also explained that employees can always suggest courses to be uploaded.
Overall employees had very good feedback regarding trainings. They appreciated efforts done by Training Cell and were thankful to the management to provide such an opportunity to CIDCO employees.
Director, NIUA presents at 3rd Transforming Urban Landscape in Lucknow
July 30, 2018
The convention 'Transforming Urban Landscape: 3rd Anniversary Celebration of PMAY(U), AMRUT & Smart Cities Mission' was held in Lucknow on 27th and 28th July 2018. Prof. Jagan Shah, Director, NIUA stressed on the significance of capacity building to achieve goals of urban missions and presented the case-study of CIDCO's capacity building programme. The presentation emphasized on CIDCO's training policy and the implementation of training portal UJJWAL.
The training cell conducts third session of ‘Vimarsh’
July 2, 2018
Third session of Vimarsh was concluded on 28th June 2018. The discussion was specific on the courses attended by CIDCO Officers and their individual feedbacks on course contents and institute. All training participants from the month of May ’18 were invited. Participants who had gone to ASCI, CSE, ESCI, INGAF, IIMA and NPC attended the discussion.
Most of the feedbacks received were positive. Participants who had gone for training to Administrative Staff College of India were very happy. Their training consisted of site visits as well, which was very useful to their day-to-day work life. Institutes Like ASCI and ESCI also arranges city tour for their participants.
One of the senior leader suggested that junior employees should take the trainings seriously and select training according to their profile and projects they are working on. The senior leader expected some more solemnity to the learnings during the course. One of the participant requested for specific courses for her department, where Training Cell informed her about few relevant courses and conveyed her on any further inputs or suggestions for adding more courses that are specific.
Overall employees had a very good experience regarding training. They appreciated efforts done by the Training Cell and were thankful to the management to provide such an opportunity to CIDCO employees.
The training cell conducts second ‘Vimarsh’ session
May 15, 2018
Second session of ‘Vimarsh’ took place on 11th May, 2018. All training attendees from the month of March and April 2018 were invited. 13 participants who went to ASCI, ESCI, IIMB, NPC and NCTSR attended the discussion.
The feedback received was positive and almost all of them intend to bring a change, either at their personal or professional desk. Participants who had gone for training to IIMB were specifically very happy and recommended that each employee of CIDCO should go there at least once. One of the participants said, “IIMB focuses on complete development and apart from the training also teaches ways to overcome stress.”
Upon a query, the training cell informed the participants that the selection of courses is done on the basis of TNA done for the employees of CIDCO and prior to upload, the courses are approved from the respective HODs and JMD. Some participants suggested on conducting specialized trainings and were subsequently explained about customized trainings and the request procedure.
Many of the participants had attended a training for the first time and would like to have such trainings in future as well.
NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab publishes Volume 4, Issue 1 of its newsletter
April 16, 2018
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
March 30, 2018
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
March 17, 2018
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.
February 16, 2018
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.
February 11, 2018
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
January 23, 2018
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
September 1, 2017
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:
Need for phasing the development of areas under the policy along the MRTS corridors
Need to ensure strong multi-modal integration
Need for stronger parking restrictions within the TOD
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
Need for diversification of housing unit size, types and occupancy
MoUD announces 30 cities under Round III of the National Smart Cities Mission
August 4, 2017
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
August 4, 2017
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
August 3, 2017
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.
NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab establishes a Training Cell at CIDCO, Navi Mumbai
August 3, 2017
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab Provides Comments for the Delhi Land Policy
June 14, 2017
NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab shared comments on the New Delhi Master Plan Chapter on Land Policy and the Regulations for Operationalisation of Land Pooling Policy. The recommendations focused on:
Reducing land acquisition and transfer of land to the government through the policy as it goes against the principles of land pooling.
Recognizing the complexity of the land pooling process and enabling the DDA’s critical transformation from a developer into a facilitator for that process.
Reducing the multiple approval processes at the different stages of development for plans and layouts.
Overall, the comments question the policy’s deviation from its objective of using the land pooling method for maximizing citizen engagement and eliminating land transfer to the government.
NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab @ 14th Municipalika Conference
May 19, 2017
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
May 11, 2017
CIDCO Smart City Lab publishes combined issue (Vol 2, issue 4 & Vol 3, issue 1) of its newsletter detailing the team’s activities between October 2016 and March 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 at NL_LO
NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab Participates in Stakeholder’s Workshop on Delhi-Gurgaon-Rewari-Alwar Regional Rapid Transit System
April 22, 2017
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
March 22, 2017
Siddharth Pandit, Chair – 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
March 3, 2017
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 - to simplify the discussion on TOD.
NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab @ International Workshop for Development of TOD Projects in Indian Smart Cities
January 16, 2017
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.
NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab @ Roundtable on Smart Cities : Enabling Citizen Participation Through Technology
November 16, 2016
Siddharth Pandit, Chair, NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab, presented at the roundtable hosted by Jaanagraha on “Smart Cities: Enabling Citizen Participation through Technology". The roundtable was organized to look at the whole gamut of citizen participation in governance including use of technology, the available digital engagement tools and the challenges in enhancing its usage. The experience of various stakeholders in activating and enhancing citizen participation in governance were shared.
In the presentation titled "Citizens Engagement in Smart Cities Mission", Siddharth shared the findings about the efforts taken by the 20 Lighthouse Cities and the important differences in the approach to strategic planning the National Smart City Mission is advocating than the traditional top down landuse planning process. As such citizen engagement becomes an important part of organizational culture and decision making for planning bodies and the impacts will be seen over time rather than overnight successes. Yet for lack of previous experience, city agencies have shown the appetite and adaptability to undertake this new approach in urban transformation; the lighthouse cities have exemplified the quality of their proposals by emphasizing citizen engagement. Technology has enabled undoubtedly to jumpstart the collaboration and idea seeking for visioning, area identification and project prioritization. The challenge remains to permeate this process during the implementation and monitoring of the projects as the mission moves forward.
The presentation can be viewed here.
NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab publishes combined issue (Vol 2, issue 2 & 3) of its newsletter
November 2, 2016
CIDCO Smart City Lab publishes combined issue (Vol 2, issue 2 & 3) of its newsletter detailing the team’s activities between April 2016 and September 2016. 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 at newsletter_vol_2_issue_23
NIUA-CIDCO Smart City lab joins immersion visit to UK with 10 city representatives and MoUD representative
October 31, 2016
NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab participated in an immersion visit to London organised for representatives from 10 smart cities. The group included eight Municipal Commissioners from Bhubaneswar, Indore, Jabalpur, Ranchi, Raipur, Chandigarh, Faridabad and Davanagere, CEO of SPV of Guwahati Smart City, Commissioner of Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority, Director of AMRUT Mission and Director of NIUA. The trip was arranged as part of a research project on Transit Oriented Development for Indian Smart Cities. It included site visits to King's Cross & Canary Wharf and interaction with representatives from Transport for London, London School of Economics, RICS, ARUP and Future Cities Catapult among others.
More information about the visit can be found here.
NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab @ National Consultation Workshop for Development of TOD in Indian Smart Cities
September 6, 2016
CIDCO Smart City Lab participated in the National Consultation Workshop for Development of TOD in Indian Smart Cities on 3rd September, 2016. The event was organised for administrators of Smart Cities, which have proposed implementation of TODs in their Smart City Proposals. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss challenges in operationalisation of TOD projects in these cities.
NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab @ European Cyclists’ Federation
August 11, 2016
Siddharth Pandit, Chair, CIDCO Smart City Lab wrote for the European Cyclists' Federation on the subject of Bicycling in India. This was part of their ongoing Smart Cycling Series where they invite visionaries and leaders in the field of mobility to share their thoughts and visions. The article can be viewed here.
NIUA along with the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth (UN MGCY) leads a Side Event on the theme: Prioritizing Children and Youth within the New Urban Agenda at the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom 3) of Habitat III
July 18, 2016
NIUA along with the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth (UN MGCY) is the leading organizing intuition for a Side Event on the theme: Prioritizing Children and Youth within the New Urban Agenda at the third session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom 3) of the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) being held at Surabaya, Indonesia from Monday 25 July to Wednesday, 27 July 2016.
This side event will aim to prioritise children and youth within the New Urban Agenda, highlighting their needs in cities across the globe around issues such as housing, sanitation, education, health, transportation, mobility, environment and leisure to bring them into the centre stage of discussions within the New Urban Agenda and the SDGs. This side event will provide a space not only to recognise how children and youth have been active in the Habitat III process, but also highlight and advocate their priorities and recommendations towards the New Urban Agenda. This event will feature a diverse range of speakers – including one child leader and two youth – drawn from our strong affiliate of partners that include Bernard van Leer Foundation (BvLF), Cities Alliance, India Youth Fund, United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific (UCLG ASPAC), UN Habitat and World Vision International.
Central Government announces 13 more smart cities
May 27, 2016
Central Government has announced 13 more Smart Cities from the 23 cities that submitted their Smart Cities Proposal in April 2016. Lucknow topped the list of winners of the Fast Track competition conducted for 23 cities belonging to the 23 states /UTs that did not make it in the first round of winning proposals. These cities improved the quality of their Smart City Proposals based on the feedback received.
33 cities from 25 States/UTs are now covered under Smart City Mission. The winners of the Fast Track competition are Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), Warangal (Telanagana), Dharamshala, (Himachal Pradesh), Chandigarh, Raipur (Chattisgarh), New Town Kolkata(West Bengal), Bhagalpur (Bihar), Panaji, (Goa), Port Blair (Andaman & Nicobar Islands), Imphal (Manipur), Ranchi (Jharkhand), Agartala (Tripura) and Faridabad (Haryana).
NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab develops a knowledge product on Value Capture from Infrastructure Investments for Smart Cities
May 18, 2016
CIDCO Smart City Lab develops a knowledge product on Value Capture from Infrastructure Investments for Smart Cities. This paper attempts to capture some of the best practices that cities globally have attempted for Value Capture Finance (VCF), a principle that communities benefiting from public investments on infrastructure should pay for it. The paper may be found here.
NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab publishes Volume 2 Number 1 of its newsletter- A National Smart Cities Mission Special Issue, detailing the team’s activities between January 2016 and March 2016
May 16, 2016
CIDCO Smart City Lab publishes Volume 2 Number 1 of its newsletter, detailing the team’s activities between January 2016 and March 2016. This issue captures the National Smart City mission in elaborate details and the highlights of the first 20 cities that were announced as early winners of the mission in January 2016. The newsletter looks at the game changing interventions in the smart cities mission such as demand driven planning, learning and replicability, special purpose vehicle and convergence, and discusses them across the lighthouse cities. It also presents preliminary analyses of several emerging themes the SCPs focus on, which include integrated mobility, environmental sustainability, use of information and communication technology and financial resource management. Beyond the national smart cities mission, the newsletter in the section ‘smart city corner’, engages the readers in a comparison of the smart city programme in India and the US. This section also discusses latest technology used in France for sustainable district wide heating and cooling. Additionally the newsletter features snapshots of three top ranked cities of the first cycle of national smart cities mission- Bhubaneswar, Pune and Jaipur, with highlights of their SCPs that make them stand apart from the rest. With contents that cover the expanse of the smart cities mission of India, this newsletter is intended as a summary of the SCPs of the 20 lighthouse cities.
NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab gives comments on UNCSTD theme paper on Smart Cities
April 25, 2016
Siddharth Pandit- Chair, CIDCO Smart City Lab, gave comments on UN Committee on Science Technology and Development (UNCSTD) theme paper on Smart cities. The report presents key urbanisation trends and their links to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Department of Science and Technology will be participating in the 19th Session of the UNCSTD that will deliberate on the report. The comments may be found here.
NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab attends at the BRICS Friendship Cities Conclave 2016
April 16, 2016
Nanda Kishore – Research Fellow, CIDCO Smart City Lab - attended the BRICS Friendship Cities Conclave 2016 as a Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India representative. This conclave, which was held in Mumbai on April 14, 15 & 16, 2016, saw representatives from Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa discuss urban challenges such as security, public transport and affordable housing; an opportunity for BRICS Cities to learn from each other and overcome challenges together.
NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab presents at WRI India Sustainable Cities CONNECTKaro 2016 Conference
April 5, 2016
Siddharth Pandit - Chair, CIDCO Smart City Lab - presented at WRI India Sustainable Cities conference, CONNECTKaro 2016 in New Delhi. The objective of the seminar, which was held over three days between April 5 and April 7, was to discuss challenges and solutions in the areas of transport and access, urban expansion, land management, renewable energy, air pollution, new mobility, and road safety in cities, drawing from global best practices and applying them to the Indian context. This seminar hosted political leaders, senior bureaucrats, policymakers, business leaders, and experts coming from around the world and country to share their knowledge and expertise on sustainable urban development. In a presentation titled "India Smart Cities and Urban Transport", Mr. Pandit spoke about the present transportation situation in India and the ambitious objectives of the Smart Cities Mission. The presentation can be accessed here.
CIDCO Smart City Lab presents at UITP India Bus Seminar in Delhi
March 29, 2016
Siddharth Pandit - Chair, CIDCO Smart City Lab - presented at the 2nd UITP India Bus Seminar which was held in Delhi on March 29, 2016. The objective of the seminar was to remind the importance of bus based public transport system, to deliberate on ways of making buses more and of developing new bus technologies (electric, hybrid, etc.). This seminar hosted experts coming from around the world and country to share their knowledge and expertise on addressing challenges around increasing bus ridership towards reducing traffic congestion and enhancing quality of life. In a presentation titled "Urban Development and Public Transport", Mr Pandit spoke about the present transportation situation in India and the ambitious objectives promoted by the Smart Cities Mission.
CIDCO Smart City Lab assists the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, for the Indo-German Exchange Meeting
March 7, 2016
Dr. Sameer Sharma, Additional Secretary, Smart Cities, Mr. Munish Kumar Garg, Director, Smart Cities, and Mr. Sajeesh Kumar N., Deputy Secretary, Smart Cities, spoke at the Indo-German exchange meeting, sharing some of the Smart City Lab's analysis of the winning Smart City Proposals. CIDCO Smart City Lab assisted the ministry in identifying the projects related to climate change and integrated mobility for the top 20 smart cities. Some of these projects will be taken up by the GIZ and KFW.
CIDCO Smart City Lab at Velo-city Global 2016 Evolution of Cycling, Taipei, Taiwan
February 28, 2016
Siddharth Pandit - Chair, CIDCO Smart City Lab - presented at Velo-City Global 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan. In a presentation titled "#Indiahasathingwithbikes" he spoke about bicycles & the smart cities in India. The presentation can be seen here.Velo-city is a series of cycle planning conferences organized by European Cyclists Federation to bring together those involved in policy, promotion and the provision of cycling facilities and programs. To learn more about the conference visit their website at www.velo-city2016.com.
Smart City Lab Participates in Workshop on Using Data to Build Safer Cities by Safetipin
February 9, 2016
Rewa Marathe, Research Associate at the Smart City Lab, participated in a workshop on "Using Data to Build Safer Cities" by Safetipin. It included a panel discussion with Ashok Bhattacharjee - Former Director Planning, UTTIPEC, AGK Menon - INTACH Founder-Member, Nandita Bhatla - Senior Technical Specialist at ICRW and Kalpana Vishwanath - Co-Founder Safetipin. The discussion covered challenges of collecting data of the intangible 'feeling of safety', exclusion in planning and design and the gendered nature of the built space. Safetipin also presented its work, explaining their safety audits and the mobile application based data collection process. To learn more about Safetipin visit their website at http://safetipin.com/
National Smart Cities Challenge Winners Announced
January 28, 2016
Government announces the 20 winners of the National Smart Cities Challenge. The winning cities and towns are from 11 states and UTs. Total investment of Rs. 50,802 Crores has been proposed for over a period of five years. The Smart Cities Mission is expected to promote a holistic approach towards development of the cities. These twenty cities account for 3.54 crore population. The 23 States and UTs who could not make to the list of winners will be given an opportunity to participate in a ‘fast track competition’. The highest ranking city from each of the remaining 23 States and UTs can upgrade their smart city proposals and submit them by April 15 2016, for inclusion in the mission.
The press release from NIUA & CBUD can be seen here.
NIUA Collaborates with IIT Madras for Smart Cities Challenge at Shaastra 2016
January 23, 2016
In collaboration with NIUA, IIT Madras held a Smart Cities Challenge at Tech-fest Shaastra 2016. The participants proposed IOT solutions based on the ideas from National Smart City Mission's 'Mera Shehar Mera Sapna' Contest. The entries were judged by a panel of members from NIUA, MoUD, DEIT , and IIT. Siddharth Pandit, Chair - CIDCO Smart City Lab represented NIUA.
For the first stage, all the participating teams submitted their proposals, outlining the concept and the workflow of the proposed IOT solution. For the second stage, twenty shortlisted submissions were presented to panel on the 23rd of January and three winning proposals were chosen. The competition was a great success at the Shaastra 2016 and received positive feedback from all the participants.
The winning proposals in the order of their rank -
Ration Station, Sastra University, Tanjore
Smart Manholes, IIT Madras
Ride On, IIT Madras
Further Details of the competition are available here.
CIDCO Smart City Lab publishes combined issue (3 & 4) of its newsletter.
January 22, 2016
CIDCO Smart City Lab publishes combined issue (3 & 4) of its newsletter detailing the team’s activities between July 2015 and December 2015. The newsletter titled ‘CIDCO@Smart‘ gives an insight into the work done by the smart cities unit in the areas of Research, Capacity Building, Innovation and Project support for CIDCO.
The third and fourth combined edition showcases the Smart City Plan of CIDCO in CIDCO Navi Mumbai (South). Each issue beginning from this will showcase an overview on one objective area and one project of high impact from the plan. A section on inclusive planning is also introduced. This issue presents an interview with V. Radha, IAS, Joint Managing Director (JMD), CIDCO, on gender inclusive planning at CIDCO. The newsletter also presents initiatives at NIUA-CIDCO Smart City lab which include Citizen engagement strategy for Smart Cites and Designing for Bicycle based Mobility along with a case study- Bike-share system at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
Various smart policies and technologies across the globe which include the application of ICT beyond e- Governance in Smart Cities, Privately Owned Public Spaces and Smart Bus Shelter is captured in this newsletter. It is hoped that featuring these ideas can instigate dialogues and potentially implementation in Indian cities especially Navi Mumbai. The latest progress of the National Smart City Mission is also discussed in this issue.
The Newsletter can be viewed here.
Smart City Lab presents on “Urban Infrastructure in India”at PRS Legislative Research.
January 8, 2016
Siddharth Pandit, Chair - CIDCO Smart City Lab, presented an overview of the Urban Infrastructure Policies in India at PRS Legislative Research to the current LAMP Fellows.
The first urban infrastructure policy in India, Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, was launched in 2005 to address the challenges of urbanization, need for urban sector development and improve quality of life in cities. A decade later, Government of India is taking the next steps in process with AMRUT, Smart Cities Mission, Housing for All, HRIDAY and Swacch Bharat. This presentation highlights the challenges and successes of these policies. The presentation can be viewed here.
CIDCO Smart City Lab presents “Technology and City” at Columbia Global Center Mumbai
December 17, 2015
Siddharth Pandit, Chair - CIDCO Smart City Lab presented an overview of the National Smart City Mission and the CIDCO Smart City Plan at the 'Technology and City ' workshop arranged by Columbia Global Center, South Asia, Mumbai.
The presentation showcased the depth and breadth of ICT initiatives implemented in India. These initiatives have traditionally focused on improving governance (e-Governance) and efficiency of service delivery. The National Smart City Mission's emphasis on scaling up these ICT initiatives to other areas of urban planning such as water, sanitation, housing and public transportation and on convergence of knowledge and financial resources was discussed.
CIDCO's recently released Smart City Plan was highlighted through the various ICT initiatives under the objectives areas of the plan. CIDCO is scaling up its commitment to technology as a key enabler to sustainable urban planning. The various initiatives can be found at https://cidco-smartcity.niua.org/cidco-smart-city-plan/
The presentation can be found here
Smart City Lab assists in preparation of CIDCO Smart City Action Plan
December 7, 2015
CIDCO launched its Smart City Action Plan at the hands of Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis on December 4th, 2015 at the Vashi Exhibition Centre in Navi Mumbai. The NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab assisted in the process by facilitating preparation and documentation of proposed smart projects across the various departments of CIDCO. The projects span the brownfield development in the seven nodes of CIDCO Navi Mumbai (South) and the greenfield development at Pushpak Nagar. The projects are divided into 10 objective areas
Smart Organisation : CIDCO recognized early on in its Smart City journey, that to be able to successfully deliver on its Smart City vision, it has to develop itself into a world class organization.As part of this transformational process, CIDCO reviewed the changes in the business environment and proposed to strengthen the four core fundamental principles around which its Smart City vision is anchored, namely – People, Technology, Environment and Efficiency.CIDCO is investing Rs 219.5 Crores by 2019 in various initiatives towards transforming its organization.
E-Governance, Transparency and Ease of Business : Improving transparency and ease of doing business using technology transformation.CIDCO’s Twenty Point Transparency plan has focused on improving public services and growing citizens’ expectations. The transparency plan initiated by CIDCO is a coordinated effort by the Management to improve citizen experience. The plans range from creating a governance framework for better delivery of key e-governance initiatives to creating policies and procedures that would be a guide for employees and stakeholders in delivery.CIDCO is investing Rs 170.04 Crores by 2016 in various initiatives towards using people, processes and technology.
Environmental Sustainability : Environmental Sustainability has been an integral part of the smart city vision. CIDCO has been sensitive towards preservation of environment since the inception of the Navi Mumbai project and has accordingly taken measures to protect it. With renewed vigor it is rededicating to this cause by strengthening its efforts through development of mangrove parks, nature park, missions like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, special projects like river front development etc. Wherever required, CIDCO is determined to regulate undesirable developments and promoting causes such as conservation of water by mandatory stipulations.
CIDCO is investing Rs 418 Crores by 2019 in various initiatives in its efforts towards environmental sustainability.
Swachh Bharat : The mission initiated by the Government of India last year is being fully supported by CIDCO, through employment of good sanitation practices including solid waste management and preventing open defecation through construction of toilets for the convenience of people.CIDCO is investing Rs 378.75 Crores by 2020 towards new sewage treatment plants (STPs), using technologies such as GIS in mapping of health hotspots and in its solid waste management.
Financial Independence : CIDCO believes that cities can flourish if they are financially independent, i.e. all finances required for sustenance of a city have to be generated within the city. These could be based on value added services to citizens, rent on leased public spaces, strategic use of land for commercial ventures etc. Financially sustainable cities attract industries, residential interests, and better social infrastructure and create employment for citizens. CIDCO is undertaking all its major infrastructure, transportation, port and affordable housing initiatives costing Rs.32744 Cr. as well as smart city initiatives costing nearby Rs.2033.40 Cr. out of its self-generated resources. This is because CIDCO has developed a robust market intelligence driven system wherever land is monetized in order to fund the city development.
Inclusive Planning : A key building block of the Smart City is to keep it inclusive where in the women, elderly, differently-abled and sons of soil feel at home. CIDCO has always been ahead of the curve in recognizing and addressing this issue. A holistic approach is considered, wherein physical planning (by way of providing plots for various activities) is supported by commensurate social environment. Housing, employment training , resource centers and recreation centers are some of the initiatives that will benefit from CIDCO’s planned investment of Rs 10911.85 Crores by 2019 towards inclusionary planning.
Quality of Life : Special projects such as Nature Park, Central Park, Golf Course, River front development, have been envisaged to promote greenery and ensure environment sustainability. These have been conceptualized with a view to not only add value to the city and offer its citizens opportunity for recreation etc. but also make water bodies more accessible to the people so that unscrupulous activities do not take place and degrade the environment. CIDCO envisages that one of the key building blocks of a smart city is to develop Navi Mumbai as a city of choice for its residents by offering livability and quality of life. This will be attained by providing, public safety, open spaces, social facilities etc. for a stress free, environmentally friendly citizen experience.
As part of this initiative, CIDCO has undertaken range of projects, namely, river fronts, water fronts and Marina. CIDCO has worked out a comprehensive model towards protecting and enriching open spaces and is investing Rs. 635 Crores by 2019 in these quality of life initiatives.
Provision of Basic Infrastructure :As part of self-sustained city program, Infrastructure is the core block that involves application of new strategies and technologies. CIDCO has always aimed to provide adequate infrastructure in the form of water, sanitation, roads, railways, information and communication technology –in order to improve living standards and enhance productivity, mobility and connectivity.
Water supply, power, road network, bus transport systems are some of the investments planned by CIDCO, which is investing Rs 7484.26 Crores by 2019 in world class urban infrastructure.
Transit Oriented Development (TOD) : CIDCO has pioneered the concept of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) by exploiting the air space above railway stations, the landmark being Vashi & Belapur station complex developed in late 90s. On the suburban rail network currently under development, i.e. the Nerul – Seawood – Uran corridor, the Seawood station and its adjoining commercial hub project is another iconic project of TOD.
‘Smart Cities’ are those where the residents can either walk to their work places or have public transport system right next to their houses, so that they can reach their work places quickly. CIDCO had been developing the bus transport and railway transport systems. CIDCO’s ground breaking concept of ‘Railway Station cum Commercial Complex’ makes it a major driving force behind the city’s economic development
CIDCO has launched several rail projects in partnership with central railways and has now ventured into METRO development.
Smart City Lab participates in FGD on Green Freight
November 9, 2015
Ryan Christopher Sequeira, Research Fellow participated in the 2nd Green Freight India Working Group Focused Group Discussion organised by Clean Air Asia and hosted by NITI Aayogon November 5th, 2015 in New Delhi.
Clean Air Asia was established in 2001 as the premier air quality network for Asia by the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, and USAID. Its mission is to promote better air quality and livable cities by translating knowledge to policies and actions that reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from transport, energy and other sectors.
Smart City Lab participates in Consultation on building a framework for Gender Inclusive Smart Cities
November 9, 2015
Dr. Debolina Kundu, Advisor and Rewa Marathe, Research Associate engaged in a day long consultation hosted by UN Women and Akshara on Gender Inclusive Smart Cities in Mumbai on 4th November 2015. Dr. Kundu presented the vision of the National Smart Cities Mission and spoke about the role of data in making smart cities inclusive. Other attendees included elected representatives from local municipalities, civil society organizations and planning consultants. The group deliberated upon the issues of mobility and access to the city, impact of affordable housing and the role of technology and public participation in making gender an overarching issue for the development process.
Smart City Lab to present at National Energy Policy Workshop at NITI Aayog
November 6, 2015
National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog, Government of India has been entrusted with the task to prepare the National Energy Policy framework in consultation with a large number of stakeholders. NITI Aayog has been organising high level stakeholder dialogue with stakeholder ministries, research organisations, industry experts, and academia to ensure such a policy to be broad based.
NITI Aayog with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) as the knowledge partner is organising "National Energy Policy Workshop", a High level Stakeholder Dialogue on "Exploring Demand-side Concerns for an Energy Secure India".
A. N. Nanda Kishore will be a panellist discussing infrastructure constraints that hamper growth for the consumption sectors and seeks to discuss options that will provide for a long-term integrated infrastructure planning in session "Balancing sustainability and rising demand for housing" from 1615 to 1730 hours.
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CIDCO to present Navi Mumbai Smart City model at 3rd Annual Conference on Smart Cities in India
October 12, 2015
India Infrastructure Publishing is organising the 3rd Annual Conference on Smart Cities in Indiaon October 15 and 16, 2015 at The Imperial, New Delhi. The mission of the conference is to highlight the opportunities in smart cities, discuss the challenges, examine implementation strategies and showcase technologies. The conference will also present noteworthy global initiatives and projects.
P. Suresh Babu, Coordinator, Smart City Lab and Additional Chief Planner (A&R), CIDCO will be presenting the Navi Mumbai Smart City model on Day 2.
Bloomberg Philanthropies to conduct Ideas Camp on smart city development
October 1, 2015
Bloomberg Philanthropies', knowledge partner to MoUD for the Smart City Mission, will conduct an Ideas Camp to empower Mayors and ULBs with knowledge of processes and challenges of Smart City development. The Camp is the first element of a program of support developed to help municipal leaders learn from each other and to connect with leading urban practitioners and experts in India and around the world.
The Smart City Lab will coordinate two sessions on Pan-city Initiatives and Financing Smart Cities at the Camp that is being held at the JW Marriot, Delhi on 6 and 7 October, 2015.
For more details visit www.smartcitieschallenge.in
Smart City Lab to present at National Conference on De-polluting Indian Cities
September 10, 2015
International Development Centre Foundation is organising a 2 day National Conference on De-polluting Indian Cities on September 18 and 19, 2015 in partnership with GRC India Ltd., Ministry of Science and Technology, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India, Indian Council of Medical Research, School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi and International Roma Cultural University, Serbia. The conference will be held at the India International Centre, New Delhi.
A. N. Nanda Kishore will be a panellist discussing 'Smart Cities and Climate Smart Cities' in Technical Session III from 1545 to 1700 hours on Day 1.
Smart City Lab presents development of Navi Mumbai at ‘Urban Planning for City Leaders’ Workshop at Kuala Lumpur
September 9, 2015
The 30th KLRTC Workshop was jointly organized by CityNet, UN-Habitat and the Kuala Lumpur Regional Training Centre from September 7-9, 2015. Staged by Kuala Lumpur City Hall, this year’s workshop was specifically designed for urban practitioners and decision makers from rapidly growing contexts and offered new tools for sustainable planning and an opportunity to strategize for a new urban agenda.
With limited resources, a fast changing urban landscape and short political cycles, however, harnessing the benefits of urbanszation can be a difficult task. This short course gets urban actors asking the right questions about land use in their city, bridges the technical and policy dimensions of urban planning, and emphasizes a people-centered approach to decision making.
Attended by 21 participants from nine countries, the workshop was based on UN-Habitat’s unique publication “Urban Planning for City Leaders” launched in 2013 and has been greatly received and applied in Malaysia, Vietnam, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, Kenya, Mexico, Saint Lucia and the Philippines. Some of the modules were Sustainable Urban Pattern and New Urban Agenda, Planning Approach for Achieving Sustainable Urban Development, Public Space for a Liveable City and Dynamics of Urban Planning Challenges.
One of the workshop highlights was the peer-to peer review where participants had a fruitful discussion to analyse and identify key challenges and strategies and come up with a set of recommendations to develop an urban regeneration project, Sungai Besi Town. This project aims at upgrading the quality of township in this area to increase tourism and business activity at the area of Sungai Besi and is currently at the planning phase. They went to visit the project prior to the discussion.
This year’s KLRTC workshop that focused on a more practical level is expected to equip participants with ready-to-use tools to improve their own projects and thus bring tangible improvements for their cities at their disposal.
CIDCO to present Smart City Plan at NITI Aayog
August 31, 2015
NITI Aayog is organising a workshop titled “Transforming Urban India: Developing Smart and Sustainable Cities” on September 2, 2015, from 10:30 hrs to 13:15 hrs at Multipurpose Hall (Kamladevi Complex), India International Centre, 40 - Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi. The workshop will provide a platform for exchange of ideas and knowledge among key stakeholders on issues related to the development of smart and sustainable cities. The Centre for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP), Bengaluru is the knowledge partner for this event.
Mr. Sanjay Bhatia, IAS will present CIDCO's Smart City plan at the Workshop and is the only planning authority invited to make a presentation.
Smart City Lab coordinates sessions on ‘Smart City Urban Planning’ at Smart Cities India 2015
May 11, 2015
The Smart Cities India 2015 exhibition and conference is taking place at Pragati Maidan from May 20 to 22, 2015 to bring forth innovative developments in transforming our cities. The three days conference will help in redefining our urban infrastructure.
Ryan Christopher Sequeira, Fellow, Smart City Lab will be coordinating 4 sessions on Urban Planning for Smart Cities on behalf of the National Institute of Urban Affairs.
Day 1: 1130 to 1300 hours
Day 1: 1400 to 1530 hours
Day 3: 1000 to 1130 hours
Day 3: 1145 to 1315 hours
Smart City Lab authors Background Paper for Round table discussion and consultation on Sustainable Energy Integration in Smart Cities
May 1, 2015
The Smart Cities Mission is an ambitious initiative that is pan-India and cuts across sectors. It seeks to redefine not just urban life but also the Indian economy and our social fabric as a whole. The potential is transformational, however, this mammoth undertaking necessitates a paradigm shift in the way we have been managing our cities. Smart Cities can be thought of as a singular overarching idea that brings under it multiple ideas that are whole economic sectors in themselves.
Sustainable Energy is one such idea in the quintessential multi-axial complex of Smart-Cities architecture and design. In the long list of public goods and services that a city provides its inhabitants with, Energy is preeminent. The direct impact and the indirect nexus that energy has withpossibly every other sector, including critical ones such as water, transport, and industry makes Energy one of the topmost priorities when addressing the Smart Cities Mission. Before implementation begins, this mission will benefit from cogent mechanism design, a definitional framework with well-defined standards and standardized systems that are suitably modified only to meet regional and local objectives or constraints.
This first stakeholder consultation would act as the preliminary step towards achieving this objective. This background paper seeks to be a ‘conversation starter’ around the idea of Sustainable Energy integration in Smart Cities and would kick-start wide consultations with stakeholders that would ultimately inform government policy towards a cogent cohesive implementation framework for executing the Smart Cities Mission.
Smart City Lab authors Conference Paper on ‘The Role of m2m+iot in Smart Cities of India’
February 19, 2015
India m2m + iot Forum is the most premium global platform for the machine-to-machine (m2m) and internet of things (iot) community and offers the best opportunity for learning, sharing, connecting, networking, branding and positioning with senior decision makers associated with machine-to-machine (m2m) and the internet of things (iot) world.
The conference will be held on February 19 and 20, 2015 at the Royal Plaza, New Delhi and aims at enriching the machine-to-machine (m2m) and internet of things (iot) ecosystem with market intelligence, technology trends, success stories and capacity building. It is a confluence of a variety of activities in the form of keynote sessions, panel discussions, technology showcase, dialogue and exchange forums - covering the vast gamut of technology, application, policy, use cases from across India and the world.
Dinesh Kapur and Ryan Christopher Sequeira of the Smart City Lab authored the Conference Paper titled 'Smart Cities in India - the role of m2m+iot'
Smart City Lab to present at Digital India Conclave
December 2, 2014
India Inc. along with FICCI, Invest India and Chase India is organising a Digital India Conclave, a series of online and offline activities pivoting around two roundtables in New Delhi and Washington DC. The conclave will bring together around 100 -150 key stakeholders across government/public sector, the private sector as well as other influencers such as think tanks, media and specialist experts.
The Digital India programme by India Inc. is a part of a strategic dialogue series. It involves key stakeholders and influencers who focus on the potential of India US collaboration around some of the key initiatives of the Indian Government. These programmes will be part of the India US Partnership Hub that was launched during Prime Minister Modi's visit to the US in Septmeber 2014.
This online- offline integrated 4 month programme will bring in perspectives and participation from senior policy decision makers in the Government and industry along with other key influencers around a discourse to achieve the following objectives:
Identify the challenges and opportunities in the Digital India initiative
Identifying synergies that can be created between industries and the Government to successfully implement the Digital India initiative.
Explore how the India US collaboration could help in achieving the Digital India vision
Involve key stakeholders and influencers in defining a roadmap that will lead towards a truly Digital India
Produce a series of online – offline activities to facilitate discourse culminating in a bespoke online publication.
Siddharth Pandit, Chair, Smart City Lab is to speak as a panelist in the session on “Digital India & Smart Cities” at the first conclave of the Digital India Programme on 5th December 2014 at Longchamp Hall, Hotel Taj Mansingh, New Delhi at 11 am.
Smart City Lab to present at NextGen City Jaipur
December 1, 2014
The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), Government of India and Governance Now is jointly organising the NextGen Cities Conclave in Jaipur on 4th December 2014 at the ITC Rajputana. The Conclave will be attended by key officials of the state government, various agencies, academia, industry and the media.
The NextGen Cities Conclave is a part of the series of capacity building conference on smart cities that Governance Now is organising across India. The Conclave will be attended by key officials of the state government, various agencies, academia, industry and the media.
Siddharth Pandit, Chair, Smart City Lab will speak on Integrated Urban Planning and Development on the session between 1445 and 1530 hours.