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Deliberation Workshop in Hyderabad on April 12, 2019

Centre of Excellence for Governance, Ethics and Transparency (CEGET) at Global Compact Network India (GCNI) organised a Deliberation Workshop: Accelerating Social Impact Solutions Through Collective Action Between Industry & Start-Ups in Hyderabad on April 12, 2019.

The Workshop focused on Urban innovation and solutions, related to the Sustainable Development Goals 8, 9 and 17, and their specified targets.

What is a Smart City?

To understand what and how a Smart City looks,  it is important to establish definition of Smart City with all Services, Solutions and Products. Let’s get a quick zest of Smart City & its comprehensions.

Each city is different. Each city must therefore meet specific needs and challenges. Each city therefore develops its own smart city vision. Consequently, how can a smart city be defined?

It is essential to have a broad definition of a ‘Smart City’ with its different parameters and components around which each city can come up with its own definition depending on the level of development, aspiration and resources as well as willingness to change.

To provide for the aspirations and needs of the citizens, urban planners ideally aim at developing the entire urban eco-system , which is represented by the four pillars of comprehensive development i.e. institutional, physical, social and economic infrastructure. This can be a long-term goal and cities can work towards developing such comprehensive infrastructure incrementally. This is important to create a clear understanding of smart City in the minds of the government agencies, stakeholders and citizens who are/ will be involved in the implementation of the smart city projects.

Key Elements:

  1. Define the scope of smart city development in the context of the status of development and availability of infrastructure in the city.
  2. Specify types of products, services and solutions that fall within the scope and ambit of the procurement processes specific to the city.

Performance Indicators:

  1. Specific definition of Smart city based on city dynamics developed.
  2. Smart ways to use information technology innovated.
  3. Smart solutions defined and explained clearly. Few of these solutions can be described as below: –
  • E-Governance and Citizen Services
  • Waste Management
  • Water Management
  • Energy Management
  • Urban Mobility

Targeted Outputs:

  1. The city has a comprehensive development plan, which seeks convergence of services / solutions/ systems for inclusion of institutional, physical, social and economic infrastructure.
  2. The city has a master plan that integrates smart solutions.
  3. The city has a clearly stated Vision and Mission.


  1. Any missing stakeholder in this process may lead to the development of a flawed definition , which could result in projects not being aligned with the needs of the city.
  2. City may face challenges when operationalizing and implementing the services and smart solutions as defined in the comprehensive city development plan/ master plan.
  3. City may prove to be difficult to ensure provision of services, as envisioned at the time of planning.
  4. Integrating services and smart solutions into the master plan for the city would involve working with different governance systems, which could be challenging.

Shabnam Siddiqui with Thane Smart City CEO Sameer Unhale

Ms. Shabnam Siddiqui, Director of Centre of Excellence for Governance, Ethics and Transparency (CEGET) and Mr. Somnath Singh, Program Manager with Thane City CEO Mr. Sameer Unhale and his team at its 2nd Need Assessment workshop on Tuesday 26th March, 2019 at Mumbai.

Ms. Shabnam Siddiqui in interaction with fellow Chevening alumni

Ms. Shabnam Siddiqui, Director Centre of Excellence for Governance Ethics and Transparency at Global Compact Network - India attend the Chevening High Tea at the residence of Mr. Crispin Simon, British Deputy High Commissioner Mumbai, on 2nd March 2019.

The interactions with fellow Chevening alumni was enlightening and discussion with The Rt Hon Mark Field MP, Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific extremely informative about the keen interest and role of UK in India.

2nd Business Roundtable for Smart Cities

Centre of Excellence for Governance Ethics and Transparency at Global Compact Network - India organised its 2nd Business Round-table for Smart Cities in Mumbai on February 21st 2019, in collaboration with Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


Making Master Planning sync with Smart Cities

Are you from a Smart City? The hashtags can well relate to the increasing demand for living in Smart Cities.The United Nations’ World Cities Report predicts that by 2050 over 70 percent of the world’s population will be living and working in cities.

Smart cities simply stand out as a way to make cities more liveable and functional. And rolling out to live in the exclusive IT enabled city a lot of planning takes place. The sync of the master plan for a city to undertake a project of such broad scope is a quite challenging. Many barriers exist. Despite the issues inherent in master planning to tackle smart community initiatives, sometimes the main obstacle is knowing where to start and applying strategic thinking to build a cohesive, long-term plan. By using the information and steps laid by Global Compact Network India – Centre of Excellence for Governance, Ethics and Transparency (CEGET) framework for Governance of Smart Cities out here, putting together a plan to begin the implementation of smart city technologies may be easier than you thought.

Master Planning based on conventional principles has led to a static built environment, which is largely disconnected from the rapidly changing socio-economic conditions in the urban areas of India. To overcome this, disconnect, State Governments resort to changing land use and building regularization schemes to legalize buildings/land use in contravention of existing Master Plans.

Such frequent amendments to land use/ building regulations, even if justified, have unintended detrimental consequences that include encouraging frequent violations of regulations, opening opportunities for rent seeking, making advance infrastructure planning impossible, requiring expensive retrofits and redevelopment programs leading to revenue shortfalls for cash-strapped urban local bodies and preventing innovation in building designs.

Smart city Master Plan will have following areas:

  • City Profile – Quality of life,Administrative efficiency,SWOT, Strategic focus and blueprint, city vision and goals, citizen engagement.
  • Area Based Proposal – Key components, Smart urban form/ solutions,Convergence agenda and its implementation,Risks, Success factors,Measurable impact.
  • Pan city Proposal – Demand assessment,inclusion, frugal innovation, risk mitigation, convergence area, convergence implementation,Success factors, Benefits delivered, Measurable impact.
  • Implementation Plan – Plan, Scenarios, SPV details, Stakeholder roles,convergence, Public Private Partnership framework.
  • Financing Plan – Itemized cost, Resources plan, costs, Revenue and Pay back, Recovery of Operation and Management, Financial timeline, fall back plan.

Read more about Smart Cities Master Plan http://ceget.in/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/GCN_Smart_City_8Dec2017.pdf