Smart cities index: A tool for evaluating cities

Sector Systems and Planning
Grantee Indian School of Business
Year 2017

Shakti supported the development of a comprehensive Smart City Index, one that ranks cities on the basis of multiple criteria such economy, governance, environment, mobility and others. This index can be used to carry out an annual rating of the smart cities so that the city authorities can continuously evaluate their performances vis-à-vis their peers and keep working towards improving their cities.

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  • Udaipur Municipal Corporation : Annual Report (2015-16)
  • There is a need to strengthen the fiscal management system of ULBs to ensure improved utilisation of available resources and identification of new revenue streams. An important step in this regard is to develop audited financial statements of the ULBs. This will help in ascertaining their financial performance, and mapping their assets with a view to raise their credibility with potential investors. Given this context, Shakti supported the development of the Model Annual Report for the city of Udaipur.

  • Bus Depot Design Guidelines
  • While the need for upgradation and development of bus depots is recognized as a priority area by the State Transport Undertakings (STUs), they are hampered by their limited technical and financial capacity to develop modern bus depots. Therefore, this guideline provides detailed recommendations on planning, designing and financing bus depot infrastructure based on learnings from global best practices and their demonstration for Indian requirements.

  • Transport Budget Analysis in 5 Indian cities: Understanding the relationship between city budgets and sustainable transport objectives
  • This study has been designed to bring out the linkages between budget allocations and sustainable transport. For this purpose, the budgets of the five cities of Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Nagpur and Pune have been analysed to see how much money is spent on transportation in the cities, and more importantly the modal share of the transport expenditure. Broadly, five categories were used for finding out the modal share, namely, motor-vehicle related, non-motorised transport, public transport, mixed and general.

  • Schools and Urban Mobility: An approach paper with special reference to textbook analysis
  • This study presents initial thoughts on how to approach the domain of schools and sustainable mobility, and the web of actors and actions needed. It also presents a rapid analysis of textbooks of NCERT, Maharashtra and Gujarat, that assesses the extent and nature of content related to the topic of ‘transportation’.

  • Local area shuttle service for Pune: Potential as an intermediate public transport option
  • This paper documents the trial of a shuttle service in Aundh, Pune in October 2016 as part of a Smart City project. It also presents insights from interviews with drivers of three different types of Intermediate Public Transport (IPT) services in Pune, especially on the possibility of taking up shuttle service operations.

  • Sustainable Beginnings: A view from ground zero
  • This report is a compilation of studies conducted across six cities. It reflects the ground reality of the urban transport scenario today. In most of these cities, this project was the first one to be carried out that dealt with the issue of urban transport and involved people as important stakeholders in the process.

  • Towards Inclusive and Low-carbon Transit Oriented Development in Indian Cities
  • This study assess TOD plans and proposals in select Indian cities to reveal their expected benefits. The existing TOD regulations have been assessed in terms of transit benefits, land use mix, travel demand management measures and affordable housing.

  • Draft parking management strategy: Case of Kakinada
  • The city of Kakinada, at present, does not have any organised public transport system. Most of the citizens use personal vehicles (mostly cars and motor bikes) or auto rickshaws to commute. This report summarises the parking management strategy and an action plan developed for a pilot stretch in the Commercial Business District (CBD) area of Kakinada to deal with the problem of choked streets, junctions and informal activities.

  • E- Rickshaw operational and deployment strategy: Case of Kakinada
  • Kakinada is one among the first 20 shortlisted Smart cities from India. The e-rickshaw project was initiated as a part of the smart city proposal. This report focuses on the project, as part of improving the last mile connectivity in the city. An assessment has been undertaken to verify the feasibility of e-rikshaw deployment in the city. Also, the report highlights the required institutional frameworks, policy recommendations and an operational strategy for successful e-rikshaw deployment.

  • Feasibility report for Kumharon Ka Bhatta with an alternative intersection improvement: Case study from Udaipur
  • The report highlights the various aspects of assessment undertaken by the project team to verify the feasibility of a proposed flyover at Kumharon ka Bhatta in Udaipur city. It also includes an assessment of current carrying capacity of road stretch, future projections related to traffic demand and the most appropriate alternative design solutions to increase the carrying capacity of road stretch.

Energy Efficiency
Climate Policy
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    The Indian Railways has identified potential opportunities for energy savings and is aggressively pushing towards energy efficiency and using alternate clean fuels in the non-traction segment.>>