The Indian Government’s Smart City Mission, launched in 2015, envisions the development of one hundred “smart cities” by 2020 to address the country’s rapid urbanization. The mission entails the comprehensive development of core infrastructure: Water and Electricity Supply, Urban Mobility, Affordable Housing, Sanitation, Health, and Safety—while infusing technology-based “Smart Solutions” to drive economic growth and improve the citizens’ quality of life in cities.
One of the key focus points of the GOInternational-Chhattisgarh Pilot has been to see how best Nordic Innovation can be adapted to Indian conditions so that the technology and innovation can be accessed effectively by all parts of society at reasonable cost.
Improving Quality of Life
India is facing huge challenges surmounting toxic smog. It’s difficult to bring under control due to the numerous causes; from illegal crop burning in the farm states, inner-city vehicle exhaust emissions and rising construction dust. Residents often complain of headaches, coughs and smarting eyes. To this end, Toxic Smog is causing many citizens to become housebound resulting in devastating consequences for local businesses. The Government has tried to reduce emissions by, for example, banning non-essential truck deliveries from inner-city areas, iterating construction work to give residents a break, and introducing incentives for the uptake of public transport in lieu of private vehicles. But experts are saying that these measures are unlikely to bring immediate relief.
We challenge you to introduce new smart solutions for the improvement of air quality and for dealing with the problems caused by Toxic Smog.
15+ Other Cities
Additionally, we are closely working with 15+ other cities that are looking for smart solutions in electricity provision and energy efficiency, water management, landscaping and urban design, traffic, mobility and transportation, affordable housing solutions, construction of dedicated storm water networks, integrated waste management, city wide Wi-Fi projects, digital literacy, greenfield and retro fitting proposals.
The challenges are huge and the list goes on and on and on… Get in touch, tell us about your Smart City Innovation and we will see if it can be integrated in to one of our projects.
Improving World Heritage Tourism Facilities
Agra is famous for the presence of two World Heritage sites: the Taj Mahal – one of the Seven Wonders of the World – and the Agra Fort, an important stop on the golden triangle tourist circuit (Jaipur-Delhi-Agra). Agra is part of India’s Smart City Mission. Some of the challenges Agra is facing are: Enhancement of access points to the Taj Mahal, Development of Mughal Museum, Development of the Taj Mahal Orientation Centre, Development of Shahajahan Park, Development of a green walkway between Agra Fort and Taj Mahal & Taj Mahal Park, Cleaning of the Taj Mahal Corridor and Improvement of vicinity areas of lesser known heritage monuments.
We challenge you to introduce Smart City Solutions to improve visitor experience and engagement at India's most precious World Heritage sites.
Waste and Water Management
Water pollution is a major environmental issue for India and the largest source of water pollution in India is untreated sewage. Other causes of pollution include agricultural run-off and waste produced by unregulated small-scale industries. Most rivers, lakes and surface water in India are polluted. A large percentage of communicable diseases in India are linked to unsafe water and the lack of sanitation infrastructure.
Due to the extensive need for improved water and sanitation solutions, we are looking for innovative solutions for a wide range of projects; Rehabilitation of sewerage distribution systems & waste water treatment plants, 24/7 water supply, rainwater harvesting, solid waste management, access to toilets and many more….
Increasing Safety & Security
Personal safety is a major priority of the Indian government and covers a multitude of sectors: We are looking to develop Smart solutions which will improve and ensure the security of individuals moving within urban infrastructures in India. We’re concerned about collating Safety Requirements and establishing Safety Guidelines.
We are looking for solutions covering e.g. sensor enabled energy efficient street-lighting system streets, pedestrian paths & public open-spaces, installation of multi-use CCTV cameras for security surveillance & traffic monitoring, provision of fire hydrant systems, setting up central command & control centres with multi-purpose backbone communications networks & city dashboards.