Smart Cities


India’s Smart Cities Mission, which was launched in 2015, aims to foster sustainable and citizen-friendly urban development in the country, through an initiative called 100 Smart Cities. One of the main objectives for this massive project is to alleviate the metropolises and make other cities more livable while offering good job opportunities. Some financing will come from the central government and states, the rest from development banks, public-private partnerships, etc. The allocated budget is INR 20.3 billion or around EUR 2.3 billion (Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs).

The smart cities initiative in India offer the following opportunities for European-Indian collaborations. Contact EBTC to find out how you can contribute.

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Since 2012, Europe has been structuring the smart city approaches through the launch of the

Smart Cities and Communities European Innovation Partnership (EIP SCC). The EIP SCC’s platform enables smart city actors to achieve their objective through clusters, initiatives and projects; thus  already supporting the development 78 cities in Europe  such as Frankfurt, Bonn, Antwerp, Montpelier and Bilbao, and more. . The EIP-SCC aims at a critical mass of 300 smart cities by the end of 2019. From this programme, European entities have been able to collect ample knowledge and expertise on the implementation required for smart cities as well as the required technologies. The European smart cities can thus serve as a case for best practices and can thereby benefit other cities worldwide. 


Knowledge and innovation are integral parts of the success of any project, which is why EBTC has formed technical cooperation partnerships with several Smart Cities municipalities in India, offering opportunities for co-creation through our Smart Cities Knowledge and Innovation Programme (SCKIP). 


In the context of the SCKIP programme, EBTC aims to bring together European technologies, innovation, frameworks, standards, and best practices, in the form of case studies. Those case studies are relevant for targeted knowledge transfer and collaboration with Indian stakeholders, including adaptation of the deployed technologies to the local need in India. The objective is to gain a deep understanding of the demand and requirements in order to create projects and implement them with the help of clusters composed of leading stakeholders with diverse technical and geographical expertise.

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