Surabaya, the provincial capital of East Java, has been ranked first on the 2018 Indonesia’s Smart City Index by Kompas Research and Development Center, adding to the list of honors bestowed on the city, and its mayor Tri “Risma” Rismaharini, in the past few years.
“I am still confused as to where to put [the award]. I have moved my paintings, but there is still no space,” Risma, who was first elected in 2010, said upon receiving the award in Jakarta on Wednesday.
In the 2018 smart city index, Surabaya secured the first position in the category of metropolitan city, scoring 67.03, followed by Central Java capital Semarang with a score of 63.69 and South Tangerang, Banten, with a score of 61.68, kompas.com has reported.
Twelve experts on the jury used six indicators of a smart city in assessing the country’s cities for the index, namely the condition of the people, quality of life, economy, mobility, governance and the environment.
Last year, Surabaya received at least four awards, including winning the category of Special Mention in the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize 2018 in Singapore as well as winning the Online Popular City of Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation.
Surabaya was also ranked first in Kompas’ Indonesia’s Smart City Index in 2015.