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Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs declared the latest countrywide smart city rankings. Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat have ranked among the top five in the country with second, third and fifth spot; while Nagpur aced with the first rank. This recognition shows that the municipal bodies in these cities have made significant progress on smart city projects.

Ahmedabad has won awards in three categories, Water and Sanitation category for smart water management, Transport and Mobility category for intelligent transit management system and Innovative idea category for its integrated command and control centre (ICCC). Few strategic decision enabled the achievement. Under ICCC, AMC chose to hire the bandwidth from the existing optical fibre buried in the city from BSNL. With 35% of Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) passengers being female, the city ensured CCTV surveillance and real-time bus arrival updates at 158 BRTS stations through ICCC.

Under the Janmitra WiFi scheme, at every BRTS station passengers can access the unlimited internet at 2mbps speed, resulting in more than 10,000 internet sessions daily. Another benchmark is the Janmitra card, introduced to address shopping and transit needs of Amdavadis for. The ICCC also maintains a ward-wise water balance in a smart manner through real-time inputs from all water treatment and distribution plants.

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