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Nagpur Smart City wins ‘Streets for People Challenge Award’


Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Government of India, has declared Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL) as one of the 11 winners in the ‘Streets for People Challenge.’ Over 100 smart cities across India participated in the challenge.

As part of the award, Nagpur will receive a prize of Rs 50 lakh. This is another feather in the cap of Nagpur Smart City. Under this challenge, 38 cities were chosen to reinvent pedestrian streets. Nagpur is among the 11 cities as a pilot front runner for Street for People pilot award. The other cities are Aurangabad, Bengaluru, Gurugram, Kochi, Kohima, Pimpri Chinchwad, Pune, Udaipur, Ujjain and Vijaywada.

MoHUA Secretary Manoj Joshi announced this award during a virual ceremony organized from New Delhi on Monday in presence of Smart City Mission Director Kunal Kumar, Buveneswari S (CEO, Nagpur Smart City) and CEOs of all other Smart cities.

During the ceremony, Buveneswari S stated that Nagpur Smart City is consistently trying to make Nagpur as one of the most vibrant and happening cities of the country. She added that it is necessary to make city markets more comfortable, disciplined and safe for all considering the COVID pandemic. Nagpur Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari and Nagpur Municipal Commissioner Radhakrishnan B have congratulated Nagpur Smart City for this achievement.

Nagpur Smart City had selected two markets- Sitabuldi Market and Sakkardara neighborhood Street for this challenge. Smart City did a lot of research in these markets to make it customer friendly. It also took opinion of hawkers, shop owners and customers. The survey, which was conducted with the help of Nagpur-based Sumit Asia Architects and the Smart City Team, revealed that youngsters and middle aged persons mostly are regular visitors of Sitabuldi market while Senior citizens are afraid to visit the markets due to heavy traffic. During the survey, the customers expressed that if the markets would be vehicle free then the number of visitors will increase.

While Sumit Asia Architects and Mumbai-based Blank Slate prepared a design for Sitabuldi Market, Manoramabai Mundle College of Architectecture prepared a design for Sakkardara neighborhood street. These deisngs were tested during the Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav. Harshal Bopardikar, Urban Planner and collaborator of Smart City, helped Smart City to make these markets customer friendly.

Dr Pranita Umredkar, General Manager of Environment Department and Nodal Officer, expressed gratitude towards Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari, Chairman and Mentor of Smart City Dr Sanjay Mukherjee, Nagpur Municipal Commissioner Radhakrishnan B, Smart City CEO Buveneswari S and members of Board of Directors for their help and guidance in the project. She also thanked citizens of Nagpur and team of Smart City for this award.

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7th fuel hike in 8 days: 1-litre petrol in Nagpur now costs ₹115 per litre, diesel over ₹97 per litre

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Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

With the seventh fuel hike in eight days, the rates of petrol and diesel have made an upswing once again in the country on Tuesday.

People living in Nagpur would now have to shell out ₹114.96 for one-litre petrol while one-litre diesel is retailed at ₹97.73 in the city. Last year in May 2021, the price of petrol crossed ₹100-a-litre in Nagpur city.

However, the government continues to underline that Russias invasion of Ukraine was one of the factors behind the fuel hike.
The fuel prices, for over four-and-a-half months, remained unchanged, during which election campaigns and polling were held in five states namely Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur.

Petrol and diesel prices in Delhi increased to ₹100.21 per litre and ₹91.47 per litre respectively.
While in Mumbai, petrol price stood at ₹115.04 per litre, and diesel increased to ₹99.25 per litre. 

One litre petrol in Chennai would now cost ₹105.94 and a litre of diesel would cost ₹96.
In Kolkata, one litre petrol would be available at ₹109.68 per litre while diesel would be retailed at ₹94.62 per litre.

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Lactation room inaugurated at district collector office in Nagpur

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Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL) and Nagpur District Collector Office jointly installed a Lactation Room having state-of-the-art facilities in the premises of District Collector Office, Civil Lines, on the occasion of Womens Day on Tuesday.

Divisional Commissioner Prajakta Lawangare Verma inaugurated the room in the presence of District Collector R Vimala, Buvesneswari S (CEO, NSSCDCL) and Additional Collector Shrish Pande. The first of its kind facility has also been inaugurated at the premises of Nagpur Municipal Corporation by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.

As a global health recommendation, infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first 6-24 months of life. By enhancing the public domain of young children and their families to be healthy and more stimulating for early childhood, there is a need to consciously address the needs of young children and lactating mothers. Nagpur Smart City has installed a Room to provide a safe, private, and secure place for women for feeding. The room is equipped with up-to-the-minute facilities and top-grade/ prime quality components.


This is the first of its kind among all the Smart Cities in the nation. The CSR-funded facility is also the first in India to be installed in the premises of Administrative Buildings to promote inclusivity and user comfort in District Collector premises.

The Mother-Child friendly Rooms 4ft x 8ft area comprises of comfortable seating space, adjustable tabletop, mirror surface above the cabinet, storage space for diapers, water boiler, sanitizer, first aid box, disposal unit that encourages inclusivity for working and visiting women with infants. The standalone room also has electrical connection for all fixtures with detachable floor mat that is easy to clean.

The initiative CSR with conceptual design for lactation room has been initiated by Chief Planner of Smart City Rahul Pande and his team. CSR fund is provided by Estoria Builders and Developers Limited. Divisional Commissioner presented a certificate of appreciation to Harshawardhan Nagpure and Sachin Nagpure for the CSR initiative. The programme was conducted by Manish Soni, PRO of Smart City while Law Officer Manjeet Neware proposed vote of thanks. The interns of Nagpur Smart City played essential role in the execution of this unique feature. The team members of Nagpur Smart City were present in the function.

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Nagpur Smart City conducts ‘Placemaking 2.0’ campaign at Mahal market

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Beautifully decorated streets of Mahal market in Nagpur during 'Placemaking 2.0' by Nagpur Smart City

Beautifully decorated streets of Mahal market in Nagpur during ‘Placemaking 2.0’ by Nagpur Smart City

Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL) recently conducted the Placemaking 2.0 trial campaign on the streets of Mahal market in the city with an intention to make the market pedestrian friendly under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav – part II of the placemaking initiative of Smart Cities Mission and Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
NSSCDCL intends to conduct and monitor the intervention on temporary basis, using tactical urbanism as a tool, to understand the perspective of the local stakeholders, behavior and challenges before any permanent intervention.

Citizens in Mahal market in Nagpur during 'Placemaking 2.0' by Nagpur Smart City

Citizens in Mahal market in Nagpur during ‘Placemaking 2.0’ by Nagpur Smart City

During the initiative, various interesting events were in 75 hours as the old Mahal street was changed from being a vehicle oriented and unorganized market to a pedestrian oriented and well-organized market. Several activities were also held during the placemaking event, which included urban Sketching with the Nagpur’s Urban Sketchers group, which documented Nagpur and its heritage through sketches. A heritage walk with Nagpur Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari, Buveneswari S (CEO, NSSCDCL), and other city officials was also conducted.

Cybercrime awareness and a road safety campaigns were also organized. Pedestrians, shoppers, and children played various games such as khokho, badminton, and gully cricket on the street throughout the day.
The initiative was an attempt by NSSCDCL towards reclaiming spaces from vehicles and giving it back to people. For the event, NSSCDCL collaborated with The HabitatArchitecture Urban design Interiors Studio, Another Earthling Studio, Urban Sketchers and ESAF Foundation.

Senior citizens in Mahal market in Nagpur during 'Placemaking 2.0' by Nagpur Smart City

Senior citizens in Mahal market in Nagpur during ‘Placemaking 2.0’ by Nagpur Smart City

For the initiative, NSSCDCL gathered design inputs from the users on the trial interventions. It also conducted stakeholder engagements on site to understand the perspective of the local shopkeepers, restaurant owners, small business owners and residents. Reacting to the event, local stakeholders mentioned that they were happy with the trial and were looking forward to permanently restrict vehicular movement in the area of intervention.

Under Placemaking 2.0, Nagpur Smart City has also activated a smart parking area at Ramdaspeth by installing variable message signboards to display messages related to COVID and environmental awareness.

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