Dholera Smart City Makes a Better Investment Avenue than Vellore

Dholera Smart City is better than Vellore. A top exporter of finished leather goods (375 of India’s total exports) and a home to various manufacturing and automobile giants, Vellore spans an area of 87.915 Sq. Km and is populated with over 4 lakh residents. It hosts few top educational institutions of India and has been ruled by various dynasties in its historic part. In the smart city race, the city has been selected as one amongst the 100 smart cities to be developed in India..
In this article, we shall compare Vellore with the first smart city of India; Dholera and understand what makes the later a better investment avenue.
Dholera has been declared as the first smart city which automatically puts it ahead of the others in terms of development plans. The trunk infrastructure activities have begun in Dholera and the contract for ABCD complex is awarded to Cube Constructions recently. 5 early bird projects in Dholera have been put on fast track and shall be completed much before any other project in any other smart city. Master plan for Dholera has been finalized and the city has entered the implementation stage. Vellore, on the flip side is yet to finalize its master plan post which fund allocation shall happen and implementation shall begin. This puts Dholera ahead of Vellore which shall directly impact the appreciation of property in the city. Dholera property prices are thus expected to rise higher and faster.
Dholera has been granted more than Rs. 5,400 crores for development of infrastructure and other amenities. However the first 20 smart cities that has been announced recently has been granted Rs. 2,000 crores each by central government, less than half of what Dholera has in its kitty. It is expected that Vellore shall also be sanctioned similar amounts. Dholera is therefore in a better position in terms of funding and shall be developed better and faster than Vellore.
Dholera’s strategic location also overshadows that of Vellore. Dholera, located in Gujarat, is being developed close to the DMIC corridor. Due to this, the region is being envisioned as a global trading and manufacturing hub and attracting various companies to invest in the region. Many MNC’s have committed to set up manufacturing plants and put enormous investments in the city. This in turn shall boost the economic activities in the region and positively impact its development. Dholera thus enjoys locational advantage over Vellore.
The most lucrative fact is the cheap availability of property in Dholera. The amount that shall buy one a small apartment in Vellore can be used to purchase a luxurious villa in India’s first smart city. The low value of land and property along with the foreseeable potential thus makes Dholera a wonder investment opportunity for Indian and global investors.

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How Dholera Smart City is Smarter than Tiruchirapalli

This article shall draw a comparison between two smart cities of India: Tiruchirapalli v/s Dholera Smart City!
Dholera is being developed as the first smart city of India. Located in Gulf of Khambhat, Gujarat,the city covers 920 square kilometers of which 567 square kilometers is developable area. Dholera shall be built in 3 phases with each phase consuming a decades time. The entire Dholera project should be completed by 2040. Dholera, India’s Biggest/Largest Greenfield Smart city of India, first ever of its kind to be developed in India.
Tiruchirapalli is located in the heart of Tamil Nadu and spreads across 167 square kilometers. With a population of over 9 lakh residents, the smart city is the fourth largest urban agglomeration in the state. The city bears historical significance and is home to many nationally recognized institutes such as IIM, IIIT and NITT.
* Dholera Smart City is strategically located near the DMIC corridor making it a potential global trading and manufacturing hub. The city is brimming with economic opportunities owing to its location, dynamics and thrust from the government. Tiruchirapalliis yet at the nascent stage of smart city contest and shall take a long time to match Dholera’s economic popularity.
* Dholera has received Rs. 5,400 crores of funding (appx) in various forms while the initial funding for Tiruchirapalli is still to be decided by the central government. Therefore Dholera has a head start over Tiruchirapalli which is also evident from the base infrastructure activities that have begun at a rapid pace in India’s first smart city.
* Property prices in Dholera are quite low as compared to Tiruchirapalliwhich makes the former an investor’s choice. Bigger piece of land in Dholera can be bought at the same price of buying a small chunk in the city of Tamil Nadu.
To conclude from the above points, Dholera scores better than Tiruchirapalli and therefore shall turn out to be a smarter city in due course of time.

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Street and canal at dusk
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Image by Jorge Lascar
Amsterdam was founded around 1250 with the building of the Dam that gave it its name. ‘Aeme Stelle Redamme’ is Medieval Dutch for: ‘Dam in a Watery Area’.

The Dam is still here and still functions as the heart of the city. But today this former barrier between the River Amstel and the “Southern Sea” is one of the few places in the center of town that you can’t visit by boat .

[…]
During the Middle Ages the first canals were dug for water management and defense. As the city expanded in the Middle Ages, successive defense moats ended up inside the walls and lost their function. But they acquired an important new one: local transport of merchandise. The warehouses along the old moats could store enormous quantities of trading goods that could be`pipelined through those moat-canals to a harbor full of ships that sailed all over the world that was known in those days.

In what is now called Amsterdam’s Golden Age, the 17th century,the trade volume exploded. In one very ambitious expansion project that took 50 years, the 3 main canals of the city were dug and the houses around them were built. Completed around 1660, it made the city grow to 4 times its size and gave it the most intricate and efficient system of navigable waterways in the world. A maze of connecting canals brought merchandise from all over the world to the doorstep of every canal side merchant.

Amsterdam grew into one of the biggest cities of Northern Europe becoming also the world’s most important financial center. Within 50 years, between 1585 – 1635, the city expanded far beyond the medieval defense walls. The circular rings of the canals were added. Hundreds of newly built townhouses of merchants were at the same time their businesses. In fact, often the warehouse has been located on the upper floors or at the back of the townhouse.

The scale of the commercial and shipping activity has been enormous. Only in one direction of the Mediterranean, each year more than 400 ships were leaving the port of Amsterdam. Powerful Far East Company was trading as far as Africa, India, China, Japan and Indonesia. Large part of today’s Brazil has been conquered. The main merchandise was grain, brought here from the Baltic Sea as well as spices, silks, cotton and china brought from the Far East. Amsterdam of that time was the city of tolerance. Here the printing of books in many languages took place, best maps were drawn, people like Descartes, who because of their ideas or religion were in danger in their own country, took refuge.

A fleet of thousands of small barges carried the goods from the big ships in the harbor to every corner of the city. More than a thousand warehouses on the canal-sides were supplied by these man-powered barges. On top of that, 9 specialized floating markets catered to the daily needs of 17th century Amsterdammers.
In those days, more goods were moved on barges in the canals by human power, than would even be possible today with trucks along the canal sides.

The Amsterdam canal system is the result of conscious city planning. In the early 17th century, when immigration was at a peak, a comprehensive plan was developed that was based on four concentric half-circles of canals with their ends emerging at the IJ bay. Known as the Grachtengordel, three of the canals were mostly for residential development: the Herengracht (Gentlemen’s or more accurately Patricians’ Canal), Keizersgracht (Emperor’s Canal), and Prinsengracht (Prince’s Canal).

The fourth and outermost canal, the Singelgracht (not to be confused with the older Singel), served the purposes of defense and water management. The defenses took the form of a moat and earthen dikes, with gates at transit points, but otherwise no masonry superstructures. Furthermore, the plan envisaged: (1) Interconnecting canals along radii; (2) the creation of a set of parallel canals in the Jordaan quarter, primarily for transport purposes; (3) conversion of the Singel from a defense structure to a residential and commercial area; (4) the construction of more than one hundred bridges.[citation needed]

Construction started in 1613 and proceeded from west to east, across the breadth of the lay–out, like a gigantic windshield wiper as the historian Geert Mak calls it — and not from the centre outwards, as a popular myth has it. The canal construction in the southern sector was completed by 1656. Subsequently, the construction of residential buildings proceeded slowly. The eastern part of the concentric canal plan, covering the area between the Amstel river and the IJ bay, has never been implemented. In the following centuries, the land was used for parks, senior citizens’ homes, theaters, other public facilities, and waterways without much planning.

The Lost Canals – Over the years, several canals have been filled in, becoming streets or squares, such as the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal and the Spui.
The 20th century needed space for cars and other land traffic. Many canals were filled in to make streets and parking spaces. Not without struggle: fierce protest had rescued the famous Seven Bridges of the Reguliersgracht already in 1901.
But in 1955, a local police commissioner still submitted a serious proposal to the City Council to solve all traffic problems by filling up all the canals to make highways. He was almost tarred and feathered for it. Amsterdammers are fond of their Canals.
Amsterdam Canals Today – Almost half of the original water in Amsterdam was lost to landfills, but a full 25 percent of the city’s surface still consists of navigable waterways. With 65 miles of ancient canals, Amsterdam is still the most watery city in the world. Today, the only cargo vessel on the Amsterdam canals is a unique package boat of Courier service DHL, but that will change in the near future.
In 2008, Mokum Mariteam ‘s first electrically powered cargo sloops will deliver their goods in and around the city. A serious and very timely project to help fight air pollution and alleviate traffic congestion on the streets.

Pleasure Boating – In the summertime, the canals can still be dense with sailing traffic. Strictly pleasure-cruising, privately and commercially.
15000 pleasure boats are registered in Amsterdam and the city is a favorite destination for private yachts from Germany and France. Eight local marina’s serve their needs and two big new ones are under construction. A few times a year, at big events like the Queen’s Day and the Gay Parade, traffic jams on the canals can get quite serious. Rest assured that on an average day, canal-tour boats dominate the scene on the usually quiet waterways.

Canal Cruises – An Amsterdam Canal Cruise is the most popular tourist attraction in the country according to a Dutch Government survey. A diverse fleet of around 200 tour boats reportedly carry more than 3 million passengers a year, offering a waterborne variety of almost every form of entertainment that’s available in Amsterdam. From an intimate exclusive candlelight dinner with five star service on an antique ‘Saloonboat’ to Theatre Cruises and Disco Dances with Deejays and live music on party-boats. There is even a "smokers" cruse..but you are not supposed to know that ..oops!

Boat Rentals – If you want to explore the canals on your own, there are two options. One is to work for your mileage on a pedal-boat. Canal Company (www.canal.nl) has 200 of them available at 5 locations. Or you can experience the silent leisure of an electrically powered sloop.

Canal-side Terraces – Because of strict (we consider them misguided) municipal regulations, there are not many canal-side terraces in Amsterdam. The existing ones are popular for a good reason. It’s fun to watch what happens on the water in the Summertime.

Houseboats – In the old days, when the canals were still used for transport of merchandise, living on a houseboat was a sign of poverty in Amsterdam.
But as their transport function dwindled in the last century, the old ‘industrial’ canals became upmarket residential area’s. Old warehouses on the canal sides were converted to Deluxe apartment complexes. The barges that supplied them began a new life as comfortable houseboats with ample living spaces in their former cargo holds. They are all quite old. The oldest one was built in 1840 as a water boat for fresh drinking water (Prinsengracht/Amstelveld). Many have been afloat for more than a century. Relative newcomers are the house-arks, floating bungalows that are usually built on a hollow concrete platform. These meet with increasing disapproval from local residents and Civil Authorities, who would like to see them move to canals with less historical importance in the suburbs.

Most of the houseboats are private residences. Because of strict regulations, only a few have lodging space for rent legally. Because the demand is high, the city may ease up the rules in the future.

Clean Water …now …finally! – Water management is still the most important function of our canals. Without them, the city would drown. Circulating the water is also vital for sanitary reasons. In the days when windmills had to do the job, the stench of the water could become unbearable in periods with little wind or rain. One canal was even filled in for its stench by Royal Decree, from the only King who ever lived in Amsterdam.

Napoleon Bonaparte’s brother Louis was King of Holland between 1806 and 1811. He had City Hall on Dam Square rebuilt to be his palace. The stench of the canal behind the palace kept his wife Constance from her sleep, so he ordered it to be filled in to make a "smart and respectable Avenue" The name of that street is still ‘Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal’, which translates into: "Front defense moat on the new side".

Today, the water in the canals is cleaner than it has ever been in their history. Three times a week, 14 of the 16 existing water locks around the city close up, so clean water can be pumped in from the big lake IJsselmeer. The current that creates pushes the dirty canal water out through the open locks on the other side of the city. Specialized cleaning boats with big scoops and nets patrol frequently to clean surface dirt. Since 2005, all the houseboats in the city are connected to the sewer system.
The cleaner water has attracted life. About 20 different species of fish and crabs live a healthy life below the surface. That bounty attracts water birds like Herrons, ducks, coots, gulls and recently even cormorants. [experienceamsterdam.com]

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Will Chandigarh become India’s first smart city?

Chandigarh has many firsts to its name and may soon add another one in the list. From the first fully planned city in independent India to the first city which is capital for two states, Chandigarh could soon add another feather in its cap by becoming the first smart city in India. This has been revealed by none other than the finance minister Mr. Arun Jaitley as he said Chandigarh fits the bill perfectly for a role model smart city. As Chandigarh has a well-developed suburbs of Mohali and Panchkula, experts feel that Chandigarh has what it takes to become the smart city whose idea can be replicated in 100 other shortlisted cities designated to become smart cities.

Traits of a Smart City:

As the government is all set to reveal the names of 100 cities that have made the cut to become part of first 100 smart cities in India, here is what would be the common traits of every Indian smart city.

* A smart city will have uninterrupted power and water supply with smart billing system which can be managed online.

* A smart city will have efficient sanitation and waste management project that will allow for efficient disposal of solid waste.

* Every smart city will make effective use of IT and cloud based communication to make services available for the common man.

Why Chandigarh is a Perfect Smart City Idea:

Real estate experts believe that Chandigarh is a perfect model for a smart city since the city already has many functions in accordance with the basic parameters required for a smart city. The city is not only well designed but has an effective waste disposal system ranking it high in the list of cleanest cities in the country. Chandigarh traffic police and Municipal Corporation already use sensors, cameras, wireless devices to manage traffic and day to day sanitation issues making it ideal platform to be replicated under a smart city project.

While there is no absolute definition of a smart city, the two cities that have the basic parameters in place include Chandigarh and Gandhinagar. The smart city concept has been weaved on the basic idea of extensive use of technology, while being friendly to the environment. Chandigarh being a green city already checks a number of boxes and may well be on its way to become the first smart city of India and a jewel in the Indian city landscape in the near future.

Gsv Naresh is a blogger who loves to write about indian real estate. the author is an expert in real estate investment with focus on Residential&Commercial Property in Gurgaon and Residential Projects in Chandigarh. For more info visit CommonFloor

Swans in a canal
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Image by Jorge Lascar
Amsterdam was founded around 1250 with the building of the Dam that gave it its name. ‘Aeme Stelle Redamme’ is Medieval Dutch for: ‘Dam in a Watery Area’.

The Dam is still here and still functions as the heart of the city. But today this former barrier between the River Amstel and the “Southern Sea” is one of the few places in the center of town that you can’t visit by boat .

[…]
During the Middle Ages the first canals were dug for water management and defense. As the city expanded in the Middle Ages, successive defense moats ended up inside the walls and lost their function. But they acquired an important new one: local transport of merchandise. The warehouses along the old moats could store enormous quantities of trading goods that could be`pipelined through those moat-canals to a harbor full of ships that sailed all over the world that was known in those days.

In what is now called Amsterdam’s Golden Age, the 17th century,the trade volume exploded. In one very ambitious expansion project that took 50 years, the 3 main canals of the city were dug and the houses around them were built. Completed around 1660, it made the city grow to 4 times its size and gave it the most intricate and efficient system of navigable waterways in the world. A maze of connecting canals brought merchandise from all over the world to the doorstep of every canal side merchant.

Amsterdam grew into one of the biggest cities of Northern Europe becoming also the world’s most important financial center. Within 50 years, between 1585 – 1635, the city expanded far beyond the medieval defense walls. The circular rings of the canals were added. Hundreds of newly built townhouses of merchants were at the same time their businesses. In fact, often the warehouse has been located on the upper floors or at the back of the townhouse.

The scale of the commercial and shipping activity has been enormous. Only in one direction of the Mediterranean, each year more than 400 ships were leaving the port of Amsterdam. Powerful Far East Company was trading as far as Africa, India, China, Japan and Indonesia. Large part of today’s Brazil has been conquered. The main merchandise was grain, brought here from the Baltic Sea as well as spices, silks, cotton and china brought from the Far East. Amsterdam of that time was the city of tolerance. Here the printing of books in many languages took place, best maps were drawn, people like Descartes, who because of their ideas or religion were in danger in their own country, took refuge.

A fleet of thousands of small barges carried the goods from the big ships in the harbor to every corner of the city. More than a thousand warehouses on the canal-sides were supplied by these man-powered barges. On top of that, 9 specialized floating markets catered to the daily needs of 17th century Amsterdammers.
In those days, more goods were moved on barges in the canals by human power, than would even be possible today with trucks along the canal sides.

The Amsterdam canal system is the result of conscious city planning. In the early 17th century, when immigration was at a peak, a comprehensive plan was developed that was based on four concentric half-circles of canals with their ends emerging at the IJ bay. Known as the Grachtengordel, three of the canals were mostly for residential development: the Herengracht (Gentlemen’s or more accurately Patricians’ Canal), Keizersgracht (Emperor’s Canal), and Prinsengracht (Prince’s Canal).

The fourth and outermost canal, the Singelgracht (not to be confused with the older Singel), served the purposes of defense and water management. The defenses took the form of a moat and earthen dikes, with gates at transit points, but otherwise no masonry superstructures. Furthermore, the plan envisaged: (1) Interconnecting canals along radii; (2) the creation of a set of parallel canals in the Jordaan quarter, primarily for transport purposes; (3) conversion of the Singel from a defense structure to a residential and commercial area; (4) the construction of more than one hundred bridges.[citation needed]

Construction started in 1613 and proceeded from west to east, across the breadth of the lay–out, like a gigantic windshield wiper as the historian Geert Mak calls it — and not from the centre outwards, as a popular myth has it. The canal construction in the southern sector was completed by 1656. Subsequently, the construction of residential buildings proceeded slowly. The eastern part of the concentric canal plan, covering the area between the Amstel river and the IJ bay, has never been implemented. In the following centuries, the land was used for parks, senior citizens’ homes, theaters, other public facilities, and waterways without much planning.

The Lost Canals – Over the years, several canals have been filled in, becoming streets or squares, such as the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal and the Spui.
The 20th century needed space for cars and other land traffic. Many canals were filled in to make streets and parking spaces. Not without struggle: fierce protest had rescued the famous Seven Bridges of the Reguliersgracht already in 1901.
But in 1955, a local police commissioner still submitted a serious proposal to the City Council to solve all traffic problems by filling up all the canals to make highways. He was almost tarred and feathered for it. Amsterdammers are fond of their Canals.
Amsterdam Canals Today – Almost half of the original water in Amsterdam was lost to landfills, but a full 25 percent of the city’s surface still consists of navigable waterways. With 65 miles of ancient canals, Amsterdam is still the most watery city in the world. Today, the only cargo vessel on the Amsterdam canals is a unique package boat of Courier service DHL, but that will change in the near future.
In 2008, Mokum Mariteam ‘s first electrically powered cargo sloops will deliver their goods in and around the city. A serious and very timely project to help fight air pollution and alleviate traffic congestion on the streets.

Pleasure Boating – In the summertime, the canals can still be dense with sailing traffic. Strictly pleasure-cruising, privately and commercially.
15000 pleasure boats are registered in Amsterdam and the city is a favorite destination for private yachts from Germany and France. Eight local marina’s serve their needs and two big new ones are under construction. A few times a year, at big events like the Queen’s Day and the Gay Parade, traffic jams on the canals can get quite serious. Rest assured that on an average day, canal-tour boats dominate the scene on the usually quiet waterways.

Canal Cruises – An Amsterdam Canal Cruise is the most popular tourist attraction in the country according to a Dutch Government survey. A diverse fleet of around 200 tour boats reportedly carry more than 3 million passengers a year, offering a waterborne variety of almost every form of entertainment that’s available in Amsterdam. From an intimate exclusive candlelight dinner with five star service on an antique ‘Saloonboat’ to Theatre Cruises and Disco Dances with Deejays and live music on party-boats. There is even a "smokers" cruse..but you are not supposed to know that ..oops!

Boat Rentals – If you want to explore the canals on your own, there are two options. One is to work for your mileage on a pedal-boat. Canal Company (www.canal.nl) has 200 of them available at 5 locations. Or you can experience the silent leisure of an electrically powered sloop.

Canal-side Terraces – Because of strict (we consider them misguided) municipal regulations, there are not many canal-side terraces in Amsterdam. The existing ones are popular for a good reason. It’s fun to watch what happens on the water in the Summertime.

Houseboats – In the old days, when the canals were still used for transport of merchandise, living on a houseboat was a sign of poverty in Amsterdam.
But as their transport function dwindled in the last century, the old ‘industrial’ canals became upmarket residential area’s. Old warehouses on the canal sides were converted to Deluxe apartment complexes. The barges that supplied them began a new life as comfortable houseboats with ample living spaces in their former cargo holds. They are all quite old. The oldest one was built in 1840 as a water boat for fresh drinking water (Prinsengracht/Amstelveld). Many have been afloat for more than a century. Relative newcomers are the house-arks, floating bungalows that are usually built on a hollow concrete platform. These meet with increasing disapproval from local residents and Civil Authorities, who would like to see them move to canals with less historical importance in the suburbs.

Most of the houseboats are private residences. Because of strict regulations, only a few have lodging space for rent legally. Because the demand is high, the city may ease up the rules in the future.

Clean Water …now …finally! – Water management is still the most important function of our canals. Without them, the city would drown. Circulating the water is also vital for sanitary reasons. In the days when windmills had to do the job, the stench of the water could become unbearable in periods with little wind or rain. One canal was even filled in for its stench by Royal Decree, from the only King who ever lived in Amsterdam.

Napoleon Bonaparte’s brother Louis was King of Holland between 1806 and 1811. He had City Hall on Dam Square rebuilt to be his palace. The stench of the canal behind the palace kept his wife Constance from her sleep, so he ordered it to be filled in to make a "smart and respectable Avenue" The name of that street is still ‘Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal’, which translates into: "Front defense moat on the new side".

Today, the water in the canals is cleaner than it has ever been in their history. Three times a week, 14 of the 16 existing water locks around the city close up, so clean water can be pumped in from the big lake IJsselmeer. The current that creates pushes the dirty canal water out through the open locks on the other side of the city. Specialized cleaning boats with big scoops and nets patrol frequently to clean surface dirt. Since 2005, all the houseboats in the city are connected to the sewer system.
The cleaner water has attracted life. About 20 different species of fish and crabs live a healthy life below the surface. That bounty attracts water birds like Herrons, ducks, coots, gulls and recently even cormorants. [experienceamsterdam.com]

Innovative Financial Advisors Pvt. Ltd.: Energy Efficiency through PPP – Developing Delhi as the World Class City

Energy demand is going to be the major constraint for India’s development agenda. If India grows at 7-8 per cent annually in the next decade, Innovative Financial Advisors Pvt. Ltd. understands its energy demand is surely going to rise. The nation’s capital is the world’s second most populous city and during hot and humid summers that power demand soars to near about 6,000 MW (Source: Economic Times). That’s more than the combined power demand of Mumbai and Kolkata. That’s not all, Delhi consumes more electricity than any other state such as Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala and Bihar. If we combine the power demand of the entire seven north-eastern states, Delhi consumes three times more electricity than them. Research suggests that per capita consumption of electricity in Delhi is 1600 units which is double than that of the national average. There are about 400 million people (80 million households) in India who do not have access to clean commercial energy.

Looking at the current scenario, the present government has rightly highlighted the need to move towards use of renewable energy. Apart from rural electrification, it also needs to focus on making the cities smart and energy efficient. Starting from the national capital, the government plans to build 100 smart cities across India. It is expected that these smart cities will have uninterrupted power, water, proper sanitation, efficient solid waste management, decongestion of roads, improved road connectivity and effective use of ICT. Many countries such as United States, Japan, Germany, Netherlands, Israel, Sweden, Singapore, United Kingdom and Hong Kong along with MNCs have shown interest in India’s ambitious smart city project. It is expected that Chandigarh might become India’s first smart city. However, the road ahead, towards building 100 smart cities, is challenging requiring huge amount of investments. Innovative Financial Advisors Pvt. Ltd. believes the private sector will play a crucial role in this developmental journey.

Energy efficiency through Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model and CSR environment projects can be the optimal solution for meeting the energy demands of smart cities. The government should adopt this model starting from the national capital to rest of the Indian cities. One of major examples of this kind of initiatives is of Madrid in Spain where the Dutch lighting and medical equipment maker, Philips plans to supply 225000 new lights, switching to an energy-efficient system that will reduce the electricity bill by more than 40 per cent. Similar projects are being carried out in Argentina, Sweden and the Netherlands. Delhi can be the first mega city for this kind of initiative in India. Supplying new LED lights to 35 lakh households and energy efficient street lighting in Delhi will help Delhi progress towards becoming a smart city. This can be one of the major technological revolutions that the city will ever see. Delhi can become more sustainable and more livable. It is believed that the financial cost that will be incurred can be recovered with the reduction in energy consumption eventually. Through CSR Campaigns the corporate sector can create awareness among the community to adopt energy efficient practices. The Delhi light system can be controlled from a central command panel that will allow the officials to regulate lighting across the city of 25 million people. The challenge of transforming Delhi into a smart city should be looked by the government as an opportunity, encouraging investments and innovation.

Mobilizing and channelizing funds for developmental projects through CSR projects in India is the need of the hour. Innovative and energy efficient initiatives can be implemented at the ground to reduce the energy demand. The people of Delhi want to see sustained development over the next few decades and the growing expectations and demand of the people needs to be fulfilled in order make the nation’s capital a world class city.

By Rahul Choudhury

Media Team – Innovative Financial Advisors Pvt. Ltd.

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Small Towns like Dholera Nominates Itself for the Smart City Plan

Smart cities shall consist both of existing cities that shall be upgraded to become smart cities and formation and development of new cities. The former cities shall be termed as Brownfield projects while the later one shall be called Greenfield projects. The first smart city that is being ambitiously developed in the state of Gujarat is called Dholera Special Investment Region. It currently hosts a population of about 2,500 residents and is estimated to host about 10-12 lakh people by 2030, a vast plan in the making. Other smart cities under development include Gujarat International Finance-Tech city (GIFT) in Gujarat and Shendra-Bidkin in Maharashtra.

Union urban development ministry had recently asked the state governments to nominate the cities and towns for inclusion under the ‘Smart City’ mission. The nominations were dependent upon qualification under four main criteria and 13 sub criteria. Financial strength of the local bodies and adoption to e-governance technology were also major determinants to a city’s qualification to nominate under smart city plan.

The four main criteria included existing service levels in city, institutional system and capacities, self-financing and past track records and reforms. 25,15,30 and 30 marks were respectively allotted for each criteria and cities had to qualify with passing marks in each of them.

While the state capitals and Tier 1 cities filed tier nominations for Smart city plan, the small town of Kolhapur in Maharashtra was not far behind. The Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) had done extensive preparation to nominate itself for the project. The authorities were sure about scoring good marks in most of the criteria and get it nominated.

“There are 13 sub-criteria and we fulfill most them. We are preparing to fulfill other criteria such as publishing monthly e-newsletter and implementation of Right to Service Act by July 10, which are essential to qualify. We have witnessed a trend of increase in the KMC’s income since the last three years. We have an online portal that is active and have also displayed the budgets of the civic body on it. The grievance redressal system is not operational, but we will make it functional soon. We will publish e-newsletter of the KMC by July 10 and have taken steps in this direction, said Additional municipal commissioner Nitin Desai.

The need for development of smart cities was much felt when the urbanization rose at an exponential rate. As per statistical data, population residing in urban India in 1901 was 11.4% which grew to 28.53 % a decade later in 2001. This increased and breached the 30% mark by 2011. As per survey a by UN State of the World Population report in 2007, the urban population shall increase to 40.76% of the total population of India by the year 2030. This inevitably called for a full proof plan to accommodate the increasing numbers.
100 smart cities shall be built over the next few decades that shall be detrimental for the economic growth of the country.

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Hard Rock Cafe Darling Harbour Media And Celebs Event; Sydney, Australia by Eva Rinaldi

The world famous Hard Rock Cafe has returned to ‘Sin City’ Sydney with a vengeance, based on tonight’s launch event at the brand new Darling Harbour venue.

Hard Rock put on quite a show and rolled out the celebrities and live music including: Hamish Dodds, Matt Sorum, Dave Rich, DJ Lethal, Stan Walker, Angry Anderson, L Huntly, Sarah McLoed, Hamish Rosser, Altiyan Childs, Kris Peterson and Stim McLean. Most of them had turns smashing guitars, which is a trademark of opening new Hard Rock Cafes.

We all know that the cost of living and setting up a business in Sydney is considerable, but Hard Rock is certain their latest Australian venture will be a smashing (as in guitar) success. Sydney is one of the busiest markets anywhere globally for the Hard Rock Cafe, says the global chief of the music-themed burgers and ribs franchise.

Hamish Dodds, prez and chief exec of Hard Rock International, advised staffing costs down under in Australia make Hard Rock’s Sydney operations expensive compared with other global locations, and they are comparing to its other 172 venues which include cafes, hotels and even land based casinos. Yes, casinos, but Australia’s The Star and Crown Casino need not worry, as they have no plans for gaming in Australia – at least not any they are talking about.

Hard Rock International is owned by the well known and respected Seminole American Indian tribe, which purchased the global Hard Rock brand in 2007 after successfully running two Hard Rock hotel and casino operations in Florida in the U.S.

"For us this is an English-speaking country and people understand the history of rock," Mr Dodds said in Sydney on Tuesday ahead of the grand opening of the 500-seat venue in the Darling Harbour entertainment hotbed.

"Part of the downside of this market is it’s a mature economy – staffing costs in this market are very different to what we would experience in India.

"I would say the price mark-up here is about 50 per cent higher than the US – this is probably one of the most expensive markets we have in our portfolio."

Mr Dodds advised the Sydney Hard Rock Cafe was priced at a similar level to comparable restaurants in the area and he expected business to be brisk, averaging between 300 to 700 main meals a day.

Sydney would be among the top ten performers in the global network, he said, and among the top five of franchised outlets.

Tonight signified a return to Sydney for the Hard Rock franchise, which closed its previous venue in East Sydney in 2007.

Mr Dodds said Hard Rock had returned to Sydney with a revised and smarter strategy.

He said the former business was in a great location for the 1980s when the brand was fresh and people would go to the Hard Rock Cafe.

"Copycats harmed Hard Rock’s own business and the market changed to the point where we found ourselves in a B minus location and to a degree we lost a bit of relevance", Mr Dodds said.

The firm bought back its Sydney franchise in 2007 and has been revived by director and franchise holder Lennie Huntly, former GM of the Sydney business during the 90s.

Mr Huntly, who also holds the franchise for the Hard Rock Cafe in Surfers Paradise, said he had been thinking about re-opening a Sydney Hard Rock Cafe since the last one closed.

The waterfront location and views over Darling Harbour are a huge plus and soon a live music stage and 600-person music area will be rocking and rolling.

"We are focused on not only being about lunch and dinner," he said.

Mr Huntly also has the rights to open venues in Melbourne, Cairns and Perth. Melbourne’s former venue closed in 2007, but that doesn’t mean it will return with a hit.

Well done to the good folks at Hard Rock Cafe and we look forward to meeting up with the great guys and girls there again soon. Rock on.

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