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Congratulations to Bhubaneswar for the Award of Merit 2016 by the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Pierre L'Enfant International Planning Excellence Award 2017 for the Bhubaneswar Smart City Plan.

Bhubaneswar topped the India Smart Cities Challenge.

The Canadian Institute of Planners 

Award for Planning Excellence Merit 2016

The focus of the Bhubaneswar Strategic Plan is on transitioning from conventional urban spatial planning to prioritization of solutions based on the “three-legged” approach adopted from the New Urban Agenda of Habitat III, formally known as the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development - legal systems, urban planning, and local fiscal systems. The Jury viewed this submission as an excellent example of a model of sustainable urbanization that has the transformative potential to provide citizens with prosperity, safety, and equity. The innovation factor was introduced in the Strategic Plan by using best global practices to fit into the local context. 

About this Award:

The Canadian Institute of Planners’ Awards for Planning Excellence recognizes significant achievements in the field of professional planning.The awards program celebrates submissions that demonstrate innovation in planning, have a positive impact on the profession, have good implementation potential and stand out in quality of content and presentation.


The American Planning Association

Pierre L'Enfant International Planning Award 2017

The Bhubaneswar Smart City Plan redefines the concept of "smart cities" and outlines a citizen-driven vision for the future by using technology to help residents gain better access to city services, and improve the overall quality of life. The goal was to engage residents in discussions to identify which groups had access to technology and city services and which groups did not, and how to close that gap.

About This Award:

This award recognizes planning practices and efforts undertaken outside the United States to address global issues of human settlement, economic development and social services to promote communities of lasting value. Nominated efforts may address immigration, poverty, urbanization, environmental degradation, hazard mitigation, and cultural and natural heritage protections. The award is presented in cooperation with the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP).