Smart Cities Current Affairs - 2019

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Madhya Pradesh launches India’s first Integrated Control and Command Centre for its smart cities

Bhopal Smart City Development Corporation Ltd. (BSCDCL) has launched India’s first cloud-based Common Integrated Data Centre, Disaster Recovery Centre and Integrated Control and Command Centre (ICCC). It is powered by Hewlett Packard (HP) Enterprise’s Universal Internet of Things (IoT) Platform.

Key Facts

ICCC will enable Madhya Pradesh State administration to monitor and administer multiple city civic utilities and citizen services across seven smart cities in state through central cloud. These seven cities include Bhopal, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Indore, Ujjain, Satna, and Sagar.

It will also enable state-wide monitoring of these cities from central command view and result in significant cost savings as compared to deploying full-fledged data and disaster recovery centre along with command control centres in each of these seven cities.

HP has provided an end-to-end solution for BSCDCL that combines its Universal IoT platform, industry leading servers, Edge compute systems, HP Pointnext services and broad ecosystem of partners. HP Universal IoT platform is critical to ICCC, as it adapts and integrates thousands of discrete sensors and applications on platform.

It will enable state government to remotely manage and control various citizen services via single platform. These services include Smart Parking, Smart Lighting, Smart Traffic and Transport, Smart Waste Management and Smart Water.

First Apex Conference for CEOs of Smart Cities held in Bhopal

The First Apex Conference for CEOs of Smart Cities was held in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. It was organised by Union Urban Affairs Ministry and inaugurated by Minister of State (I/C) for Housing & Urban Affairs.The conference aimed to provided single platform for convergence of all best practices in Smart city missions across country to help city leaders to use collective learning to accelerate progress of work. It also aimed to provide momentum to cities and platform for cross-learning, sharing and disseminating experience gained over past two and a half years.

Key Facts

The two-day conference was organised for providing platform for cross learning and knowledge sharing among Smart City CEOs. It enabled CEOs to learn from experiences of all city leaders to understand in greater details both successes and failures.

Apart from Smart City CEOs, the conference saw participation of representatives from municipal, State and Central Government and various other stakeholders in Smart City Mission from the civil society, academia, industry etc.  


Since its launch in June 2015, Smart Cities Mission (SCM) has been one of the most transformational urban missions. Total 99 cities have been selected for development as Smart Cities. Under it, key projects such as digitally integrated smart city centres, street re-design, installation of solar rooftop on buildings etc. have initiated for the process of urban transformation, enhancing liveability of cities. 

So far 3,012 projects worth Rs. 1,38,984 crore have been identified for implementation under SCM. Out of which, over 750 projects of more than Rs 25,000 crore have been completed or are being implemented. The CEOs of Smart City Special Purpose Vehicle (SPVs) through their leadership role in driving the implementation of smart city projects have been instrumental in achieving transformational outcomes envisaged under the Mission.