While there is expectation that governmental agencies work together for smart city implementation it was realised that multilateral agencies like UN and World Bank too needed to work together to synergise and scale up the impact of their work. Towards this end UNGC India, the largest voluntary corporate initiative committed to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals and the World Bank have come together to promote ‘connected intelligence’ and signed a special Knowledge Partnership between UNGC India and the World Bank earlier this month. We are confident that the scale and sustainability of our initiatives will increase manifold through this collaboration. 

Governance of Pune Smart City

Discussion in progress at the 1st Quarterly Meeting in Pune

Discussion in progress


Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Pune Smart City Development Corporation Ltd. (PSCDCL) and Global Compact Network India (GCNI) –

GCNI – PSCDCL Scope of Work –

Subsequent to the signing of MoU with Pune Smart City in June 2016, GCNI engaged in a series of meetings with the team of Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited (PSCDCL) to finalise a detailed scope of work and road ahead for the Smart Cities Mission for the city of Pune.

Simultaneously GCNI also engaged in formal MoUs with its Knowledge Partners – Legasis Services Private Limited (LSPL) and VMC Management Consulting Private Limited (Vision360).  GCNI procured the preliminary information regarding list of projects covered within the purview of Pune Smart City area.

In the second quarter worked picked up steam with interventions directed towards actual projects.

In the third quarter, a group meeting with the CEO/Commissioner and other representatives of PSCDCL/PMC along with our knowledge partners was held in Pune in April 2017. During the meeting, the tools developed on Governance Compliance and Procurement named Legatrix and CARAAR, along with the public private partnership (PPP) framework for developing and implementing the smart city initiative in Pune, were some of the main issues that were discussed and deliberated upon.

Promoting Business Case for Transparency in Smart Cities

In June 2015 Government of India launched a 100 ‘Smart Cities Project’ and 98 cities have been identified for the city challenge competition in August 2015. The key objective of this project is to improve the infrastructure of the identified cities to efficiently identify and govern the increased urban population, which is expected to hold 40% of India’s population by 2030. The significant differentiator in this initiative is that instead of a top-down approach, the citizens of urban India have been invited to contribute in the formulation of development versions of their cities.

The achievables/deliverables that are desired out of the concept of smart city are as follows:

  • Adequate water supply,
  • Assured electricity supply,
  • Sanitation, including solid waste management,
  • Efficient urban mobility and public transport,
  • Affordable housing, especially for the poor,
  • Robust IT connectivity and digitalization,
  • Good governance, especially e-Governance and citizen participation,
  • Sustainable environment,
  • Safety and security of citizens, particularly women, children and the elderly, and
  • Health and education

With the aim of promoting pragmatic approaches around 10th UNGC Principle that states Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery, Centre of Excellence for Governance, Ethics and Transparency facilitated discussions in Visakhapatnam, Lucknow, Pune, Bhubaneswar, and Ranchi to advocate for a business case for transparency in smart city development.