DIU SMART CITY BECOMES THE FIRST TO RUN ON 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY DURING DAYTIME
Diu Smart City has become the first city in India, which runs on 100% renewable energy during daytime setting a new benchmark for other cities to become clean and green. Diu had been importing 73% of its power from Gujarat until last year. It has now adopted a two-pronged approach, whereby a 9 MW solar park spread over 50 ha of rocky barren land has been developed besides installing solar panels on the rooftops on 79 government buildings, thereby generating 1.3 MW annually. To further enhance its solar capacity, Diu offers its residents a subsidy of `10,000–`50,000 for installing 1–5 kW rooftop solar panels. Diu is saving about 13,000 tonnes of carbon emissions every year. Due to low-cost solar energy, power tariffs have been cut in residential category by 10% last year and 15% this year.
Bengaluru Smart City, a prototype of an intelligent traffic management solution is currently being tested in collaboration with the Electronics City Township Authority (ELCITA). It will provide traffic information that is currently unavailable and will help improve management of commuter traffic. It involves capturing video streams from several cameras and processing them using artificial intelligence so that typical traffic management tasks, such as vehicle detection, traffic density estimation, and control of traffic lights can be automated for real-time performance.