Only two cities of India- Rourkela and Pune- have been ranked among top 50 Champion Cities in the 2021 Global Mayors Challenge, a worldwide innovation competition organised by Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Bhubaneswar, June 14: Rourkela, the Steel City of Odisha, has been elevated to final round among 50 Champion Cities in the 2021 Global Mayors Challenge, a worldwide innovation competition organised by Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Only two cities of India- Rourkela and Pune- have been ranked among top 50 finalist cities in the global completion.
While Rourkela found the place for supporting solar-powered cold storage—plus women entrepreneurship—to reduce food waste, Pune has been recognised for building the foundation for an all-electric-vehicle future.
This year's program focuses on elevating the most important public innovations generated in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The finalists were elevated based on four criteria: Vision, potential for impact, feasibility, and transferability, informed Bloomberg Philanthropies.
"These 50 finalists are showing the world that in the face of the pandemic's enormous challenges, cities are rising to meet them with bold, innovative, and ambitious ideas," said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies and 108th mayor of New York City. "By helping these cities test their ideas over the coming months, we will have a chance to identify cutting-edge policies and programs that can allow cities to rebuild in ways that make them stronger and healthier, and more equal and more just."