In yet another achievement for the Odisha capital city Bhubaneswar, it has been placed among the Top 50 Smart City Governments in the world.
The Singapore-based Eden Strategy Institute has unveiled the rankings of the Top 50 Smart City Governments globally from a study conducted in partnership with OXD (ONG&ONG Experience Design).
Six Indian cities emerged among these Smart City Governments with smart city plans co-created with citizens, and supported by systematically-planned and mobilised Budgets from the Union Government since 2015.
While New Delhi is ranked at 23, Surat at 27, Bhubaneswar along with Ahmadabad is listed at 32, Jaipur at 34 and Pune is listed at 36.
london tops the elite list and Singapore is in the second position and Kigali has got the 50th slot.
This is the first independent ranking of its kind that investigates the roles that city Governments play in leading a smart city strategy, beyond celebrating the technological attainments of the cities themselves.
This 2018-19 rankings studied 140 smart cities, from which the Top 50 Smart City Governments were ranked across ten vectors, which include clarity of vision, leadership, budget, provision of financial incentives, support programmes, talent-readiness, people-centric approach, development of an innovation ecosystem, implementation of smart policies and track record of previous initiatives and projects.
“Smart Cities are taking centerstage in securing an adaptable, inclusive, productive, sustainable, and resilient future for humanity. leading the development and re-invigoration of high-performing and loveable cities is one of the grandest challenges of our time,” Eden Strategy Institute partner Calvin Chu Yee.
"Governments are eager to explore different ways to integrate digital technology, knowledge, and assets. This study offers unprecedented access to the most effective instruments to help Governments become more responsive to users, improve city services, and make cities more loveable," he explained.