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.

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Ms. Olajobi Makinwa with CEGET Chairman

Ms. Olajobi Makinwa, Chief, Intergovernmental Relations & Africa, UN Global Compact meeting Dr Ashutosh Karnatak, Chairman, Centre of Excellence for Governance, Ethics and Transparency-GCNI on 06 February, 2019 at GAIL (INDIA) Ltd.




Ms. Olajobi Makinwa at Sustainable Intermediate Transport event in Delhi

Centre of Excellence for Governance, Ethics and Transparency - Global Compact Network India (GCNI) in association with Namma Auto Project organised its final Round-table discussion on Sustainable Intermediate Transport on February 6th, 2019 at India Habitat Centre, Delhi.

Ms. Olajobi Makinwa, Chief, Intergovernmental Relations & Africa UN Global Compact graced the occasion as a Special Chief Guest along with other dignitaries’ members of GCNI Mr. Kamal Singh, Executive Director, Ms. Shabnam Siddiqui, Director & Mr. Somnath Singh, Programme Officer were present in the event.

Who is involved in anti-corruption Collective Action and why?

What motivates people to join Collective Action initiatives against corruption? What type of people and organisations are involved? Ms Shabnam Siddiqui, Director (UN Global Compact India) explains this in the short video.
Also Featuring: Stephen Zimmerman (World Bank Group), Mirna Adjami (Basel Institute on Governance), Kevin Abikoff (Hughes, Hubbard & Reed), Lisa Miller (World Bank Group) and Scarlet Wannenwetsch (Basel Institute on Governance).

What benefits can Collective Action Initiatives bring to markets and society?

What benefits can Collective Action Initiatives bring to markets and society?
How can Collective Action Initiatives help to clean up markets and improve the business environment for everyone? How does Collective Action support sustainable development worldwide? Watch this second video in a 5-part series on anti-corruption Collective Action to find out.

Ms. Shabnam Siddiqui at UTTKARSH

Ms. Shabnam Siddiqui, Director, Centre of Excellence for Governance, Ethics & Transparency (CEGET/GCNI) was invited as key note speaker to speak on the subject ‘Perspective of Sustainable Development’ at ‘UTTKARSH – A Global Action towards Holistic Social Development.

Ms Shabnam Siddiqui at PGPDM Convocation Ceremony 2018 at SPJIMR

The convocation ceremony of SPJIMR's Post-Graduate Programme in Development Management (PGPDM) for Batches 11 and12 was held on Saturday (Jan 19, 2019) at the SPJIMR campus.
The Programme Chairperson, Prof. Rukaiya Joshi presented the batch Report. Highlighting the diversity of the programme participants, Prof. Joshi elucidated on all the innovative learning interventions introduced.
The Chief Guest Ms. Shabnam Siddiqui, Director, United Nations Global Compact Network India, along with Dr. Ranjan Banerjee, Dean SPJIMR presented the Certificates for Scholastic Excellence and the distribution of the Graduation certificates to the participants.

GCNI-CEGET organized a Need Assessment Regional Smart City Workshop

GCNI-CEGET organized a Need Assessment Regional Smart City Workshop for Transforming Cities Through Co-Development on 16th Jan 2019 at RCUES (Regional Centre for Urban and Environmental Studies), Lucknow.

Mr. Anurag Yadav (Secretary & Director, Smart City Mission (State) chaired the event. The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Nishith Rai (Director, RCUES), Mr. A.K. Gupta (Addl. Director, RCUES), Dr. Alka Singh (Deputy Director, RCUES), Mr. Somnath Singh (Program Manager, GCNI-CEGET) and Mr. Arya Dev (Program Analyst, GCNI-CEGET).

Smart City Experts from 10 Smart Cities of Uttar-Pradesh had participated in the workshop.

Noida has been chosen as the only city in India to be part of the UN Sustainable Cities 2025 Plan.

Noida has been chosen as the only city in India to be part of the UN Sustainable Cities 2025 Plan.

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With this background GCNI CEGET Team led by GCNI Secretary Dr. Balvir Talvar and Ms. Shabnam Siddiqui met Mr. Rajeev Tyagi, GM Noida Authority  on 9th January, 2019 at BHEL township, Noida , to explore partnership possibilities. Stay tuned.