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Pune’s smart city proposal makes it to Spain

Pune: Perpetual traffic problems and a seemingly irresolvable waste-disposal crisis have not deterred Pune from making it to an exclusive short-list of six finalists at the ‘Smart City Expo World Congress 2016’ in Barcelona, Spain.

The three-day expo, which began on November 15, saw 250 entries from 45 countries jostling for the winning positions under three broad categories of ‘Project’, ‘NGO’, and ‘City’.

Pune’s entry is the only one among the participating 20 from India to make to the ‘City’ category, alongwith New York, Seoul, Holland, Jiuquan and Moscow. New York emerged the winner in this category.

“This is another feather in the cap for Pune’s ‘Smart City’ initiative and shows that our city is very much in sync with global awareness about better urban living. The city’s punch-line of being a ‘liveable’ city is what has attracted national and international partners,” said Kunal Kumar, Commissioner, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).

Mr. Kumar’s presentation outlined current priorities like mobility, river rejuvenation, water and waste management and urban rejuvenation, focusing on making Pune India’s ‘most liveable city’.

The city’s shortlist is expected to attract more investment in its bid to be a ‘smart city’. The Expo is considered the world’s leading event for smart cities.

Meanwhile, Bhubaneshwar and Chennai made it to top six in the ‘Project’ category in which Nairobi emerged the winner.

Pune had earlier ranked second in the Centre’s ‘Smart City Challenge’ making the cut in the first roster of the ‘Smart Cities’ project. Soon after, the New York-based Rockefeller Foundation had also included Pune as part of its 100 Resilient Cities (RC) programme.

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