A fairly simple definition can be:
“Smart Cities are those that are able to attract investments.” Everything else, such as good infrastructure and simple processes that make it easy to start and run businesses, follow from this. There’s no simple definition for smart cities. The term encompasses a vision of an urban space that is ecologically friendly, technologically integrated and meticulously planned, with a particular reliance on the use of information technology to improve efficiency. In most parts of the world, the idea begins with using digital technology to make a city more efficient and to improve wellbeing.
Traditional ideas of smart cities suggest lots of data collection, using sensors – electricity, gas, water, traffic and other government analytics – that can be carefully compiled and integrated into a smart grid and then fed into computers that can focus on making the city as efficient as possible.
“Smart Cities are those that are able to attract investments and experts & professionals. Good quality infrastructure, simple and transparent online business and public services processes that make it easy to practice one’s profession or to establish an enterprise and run it efficiently without any bureaucratic hassles are essential features of a citizen centric and investor-friendly smart city,” .
India’s is urbanizing at an unprecedented rate, so much that estimates suggest nearly 600 million of Indians will be living in cities by 2030, up from 290 million as reported in the 2001 census.
Alongside the hordes of Indians go the jobs and the money as well: a McKinsey Global Institute study estimated that cities would generate 70% of the new jobs created by 2030, produce more than 70% of the Indian gross domestic product and drive a fourfold increase in per capita income across the country. “The cost of not paying attention to India’s cities is enormous,” the McKinsey report said. “The speed of urbanization poses an unprecedented managerial and policy challenge – yet India has barely engaged in a national discussion about how to handle the seismic shift in the makeup of the nation.”
Not necessarily. One of the components of smart city i.e.,
Area based Developments focuses on small townships if developed on greenfield areas
like Ranchi Smart City where 656.30 Acres will be built up brand new to develop a
knowledge based hub..Mostly, the money will mostly be spent on upgrading existing
facilities, since the very selection process requires current cities to prove that
they are eligible. All participating States potentially suggest areas that are going
to be built up as options for the smart city mission .

The Development of Ranchi Smart City will take place through mainly two major components:

A. Area Based Development (ABD)
Area based development in Ranchi Smart City envisages development of a Greenfield encumbrance free land of 656 acre in HEC, Dhurwa. This area is well within the municipal core within 5kms distance from the central business district (CBD) and close proximity to the Proposed Capital Complex, Airport and Hatia railway station. .

The focus of this ABD area shall be to create an enabling educational ecosystem to create a vibrant economy while addressing the socio-economic needs. The solution shall aim at moving people and not vehicles, improving the livability by leveraging ICT. The smart features executed successfully in the ABD area shall be replicated to the rest of the city in phased manner through strategic projects taken up by the SPV.

Land Use for the ABD IN Acres %
Institutional 134.06 20.43%
Residential 86.51 13.18%
Commercial 67.07 10.22%
Public / Semi Public 54.60 8.32%
Mix Use Component 69.14 10.53%
Open spaces and circulation
(Green / Roads / open area )
244.92 37.32%
Total Area 656.30 100%

B. Pan City Project
For Pan City Project, Ranchi an Integrated Traffic and Transport System (RITTS) is being developed that aims at integrating all the present and upcoming solution related to transport and traffic under one umbrella through ICT. It will provide digital platform for integrating Public transport
management, Parking management, Corridor Management (Traffic), IPT Integration, Fare management along with integration of ABD’s transport and traffic needs. It shall be housed in a Central Control and Command Centre which shall not only act as epicenter to all the traffic and transport related decision making but also cater to the safety and security environment of Ranchi city and in future shall be scaled to other utilities including SWM.

A Smart City Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV)
has been formed called Ranchi Smart City Corporation Limited for the implementation of
the Smart City Project.

Sector-wise projects that will be developed in the Ranchi Smart City are:

Physical Infrastructure Social Infrastructure Economic Infrastructure
Intelligent Public transport Housing development for all sections of the society Skill development centers
24×7 Smart water supply Educational infrastructure like Universities and institutes Incubation centers
Zero emission, SWM, STPs Health Care infra Transit hub
Connectivity infrastructure Entertainment & Recreational Commercial centers
Commercial hubs Cultural & fitness centers Financial centers
Convention Center & Hotels Parks & Riverfront development

Tendering process has been completed and Work order has been issued for the following projects:

S. No. Projects
1 Urban Civic Tower
2 Conventional Center
3 Jharkhand Urban Planning & Management Institute
It is an important component of Smart City Project which will encourage people to use shared-bicycles for local commute and reduce the carbon footprints along with improving self-health. This is being planned in both PAN City and ABD area with dedicated Cycle tracks.
Its main features of the project are:
• A dense network of stations across the coverage area, with spacing of approximately 300 m between stations.• High quality bicycles with specially designed parts and sizes to discourage theft and sale as whole or for parts

• A fully automated locking system at stations that allows users to check bicycles in or out without the need for staffing at the station.

• Radio frequency identification devices (RFIDs) to track where a bicycle is picked up, where it is returned, and the identity of the user

• Real-time monitoring of station occupancy rates through General Packet Radio Service (GPRS), used to guide the redistribution of bicycles

• Real-time user information provided through various platforms, including the web, mobile phones, and/or on-site terminals
Station locations of Ranchi bicycle sharing system (green = small (12 docks), blue = medium (24 docks), red = large (36 docks)

A land allotment regulation is being finalized by the State Government for allotment of plots in the ABD area of Ranchi Smart City. The Details of the same will be uploaded in the Website.
5 years. However, the Smart City will continue to grow and develop till all plots have been occupied and all projects, utilities and services have been established successfully


  • Ranchi Smart City Corporation Limited Ground Floor, FFP 100 Building, Dhurwa, Ranchi- 834004
  • 0651 244 6666
  •  ranchismartcity@gmail.com