11 Winning Cities for the EatSmart Cities Challenge [MoHUA]

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) announced eleven winning cities for the EatSmart Cities Challenge. These cities will now enter the deep engagement stage of the challenge wherein projects are undertaken in the pilot stage will be scaled up in a sustainable manner.

Key-Points

The challenge was launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) in collaboration with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on 15th April 2021, to scale up the Eat Right India approach to the city level.

The EatSmart Cities Challenge has the objective of motivating Smart Cities to develop a plan that supports a healthy, safe, and sustainable food environment.

The Challenge is envisioned as a competition among cities to recognize their efforts in adopting and scaling up various initiatives under Eat Right India.

All cities under the Smart Cities Mission, capitals of States/UTs, and cities with populations of more than 500,000 were invited to participate in the challenge.

Other Related initiatives

Limit TFA: Recently, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has capped the number of trans fatty acids (TFA) in oils and fats to 3% for 2021 and 2% by 2022 from the current permissible limit of 5% through an amendment to the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restriction on Sales) Regulations 2011.

‘Raman 1.0’: A new-age, hand-held battery-operated device to perform rapid detection (in less than 1 minute) of economically driven adulteration in edible oils, fats and ghee.

Food Safety Magic Box: This do-it-yourself food testing kit comprises a manual and equipment to check for food adulterants, which school children can use in their classroom laboratories.

Food Safety Mitra scheme: It aims to support small and medium-scale food businesses so as to comply with the food safety laws and will facilitate them with the licensing and registration process, hygiene ratings and training programme.

Eat Right Mela: It is an outreach activity for citizens to nudge them towards eating right. It is organized to make citizens aware of the health and nutrition benefits of different types of food.

Transport 4 All Challenge

The initiative has been launched in collaboration with The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) and aims to bring together cities, citizen groups, and start-ups to develop solutions that improve public transport.

ITDP is a non-governmental non-profit organization that focuses on developing bus rapid transit systems, promoting biking, walking, and non-motorized transport, and improving private bus operators’ margins.

Objective: The Transport 4 All Digital Innovation Challenge Aims to develop digital solutions that will make public transport safe, affordable, comfortable, and reliable for all.

Significance: COVID-19 has brought the entire world to a halt with transport being one of the worst-hit sectors. Transport 4 All Digital Innovation Challenge has the potential to support cities to recover from this mobility crisis. It will support the cities and start-ups all over the country to move towards digital transformation in urban mobility.

Initiatives to Address Urban Transport Issues:

National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP): The plan aims to achieve national fuel security by promoting hybrid and electric vehicles in the country

Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric vehicles in India (FAME India): This scheme supports hybrid/electric vehicles market development and manufacturing ecosystem.

Mass Rapid Transit/ Transport Systems (MRTS): In 2017, the government introduced the new Metro Policy which aims to improve collaborations, standardize norms, finance, and create a procurement mechanism so that the projects can be implemented effectively.

Personal Rapid Transit System (PRT): It is a transport mode combining small automated vehicles, known as pods, operating on a network of specially built guideways.

Green Urban Mobility Initiative: The Indian government launched the Green Urban Mobility Initiative (GUMI) to boost green and sustainable alternatives under the Smart Cities Mission.

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