Shaping Coimbatore as a smart city…

Interesting discussion:

Coimbatore is one of the “lighthouse cities” in the smart cities mission and its smart city proposal was ranked 13th among the 100 cities chosen under the mission. The city and its proposals focussed on the ecological restoration of its lakes that are its raison d’etre. The other feature of the smart city proposal was its resounding citizen participation programme. Coimbatore is expected to receive technical support from the German government for designing smart infrastructure projects.

The case of Coimbatore was discussed in a workshop on smart cities organised on 6 and 7 June 2017 under the umbrella of the German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH) by the Heidelberg Centre South Asia (HCSA) and Observer Research Foundation (ORF). Other partners included Friedrich Naumann Foundation, the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA Coimbatore Chapter) and the Bavarian-Indian Centre (BayIND). This workshop, second in the series, was held in collaboration with local institutions PSG College of Technology and Kumaraguru College of Technology (KCT-BS). The first one was organised in Shimla on 19 and 20 May 2017.

Lots of history behind Coimbatore. It has been a so called smart city for a while as this remark suggests:

The significance of participation exercise in inclusive planning was highlighted by Mr. C.R. Swaminathan, President, Residents Awareness Association of Coimbatore, during his keynote address. It was mentioned that Coimbatore is a very progressive city and open to ideas for city development.


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