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Bhubaneswar: First Indian city to win Pierre L’enfant Awards-2017

Bhubaneswar has become the first Indian city to win Pierre L’enfant International Planning excellence award-2017 instituted by the American Planning Association (APA). Bhubaneswar has been chosen for its good and advanced town planning and engaging its residents in the planning process.

The APA Awards jury has selected Five Excellence Award recipients in total who will be honoured at the Awards Luncheon at APA’s National Planning Conference in New York on May 8.

 

Pierre L’enfant Awards

Pierre L’enfant was a French-born American architect and civil engineer. He is credited for designing the layout of the streets of Washington, D.C. The American Planning Association (APA) has named an award in his honour to recognize excellence in international planning.

APA

APA was created in 1978. It is an independent, not for profit educational organization representing the field of urban planning in the United States. It serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas related to urban planning. The APA through awards, honours outstanding community plans, planning programs and initiatives, public education efforts, and individuals for their leadership on planning issues. APA boasts of 35,000 members from over 100 countries.

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Germany to develop Bhubaneswar, Kochi, Coimbatore as Smart Cities

Germany has decided to partner with India’s smart city programme and will help developing Kochi (Kerala), Bhubaneswar (Odisha) and Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) as smart cities.

It was announced by State Secretary in Germany’s Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Gunther Adler in New Delhi at the second meeting of the Indo-German Working Group on Urban Development.

These three cities are among the top 20 cities selected by Urban Development Ministry which are to be developed as smart cities.

This decision was taken after Union Government had invited Germany to be a partner in its Smart Cities programme in 2015. Earlier Germany had set up a six-member joint committee with India to identify the cities which it could develop as smart cities.

The joint committee had 2 representatives of Union Urban Development Ministry, 1 from the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, and 3 from Germany.

It should be noted that Germany is India’s second largest bilateral donor after Japan with a record commitment of 1.5 billion Euros agreed in the year 2015.

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