#SmartCities – What’s the hype all about?

Since the present came to power, there has been talks about the Smart cities mission which is the Prime Minister’s pet project aiming to transform 100 cities across India. The Government aims to more than Rs 50000 crore for the next five years for this mission.

So, Smart cities are projected to be equipped with basic infrastructure and will offer a good quality of life through smart solutions. Assured water and power supply, sanitation and solid waste management, efficient urban mobility and public transport, robust IT connectivity, e-governance and citizen participation along with safety of its citizens are some of the likely attributes of these smart cities.

Some of the Major Highlights of the Smart Cities Mission are:

  1. The government will invest Rs 50,802 crore in the 20 cities and towns over five years.

  2. Under this mission, each state will have at least one smart city.

  3. Centre Allocation of Funds – Rs 10000 crore; State Allocation of Funds – Rs 10000 crore; Rest Rs 31000 crore to come via PPP route, land monetisation, debt & better resource mobilisation in the city.

  4. The cities will entail redevelopment of at least 50 acre, or greenfield development over 250 acre or taking up 500 acre for retro-fitting.

  5. The cities will be developed within a maximum of 5 years.

  6. The next list of cities will come out in July where 23 cities from 23 states will compete to feature in the list.

  7. 77 cities were left out from the first list of Smart cities.

  8. The selection criteria included:

  • Citizen engagement – 16 marks

  • Vision and goals – 5 marks

  • Strategic plan – 10 marks

  • ‘Smartness’ of proposal – 10 marks

  • Baseline, KPIs, self-assessment and potential for improvement – % marks

  • Result orientation – 20 marks

  • Process followed – 4 marks

The government urged the states which did not feature in the first list to give a second shot by April. Each state will submit an improved proposal of the their highest ranking cities for this round of selection. The Centre aims to identify 100 cities that will be developed as an Smart City under this programme by 2017.

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So, did your city feature in the list?

  1. Bhubaneswar, Odisha

  2. Pune, Maharashtra

  3. Jaipur, Rajasthan

  4. Surat, Gujarat

  5. Kochi, Kerala

  6. Ahmedabad, Gujarat

  7. Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh

  8. Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

  9. Solapur, Maharashtra

  10. Davangere, Karnataka

  11. Indore, Madhya Pradesh

  12. New Delhi Municipal Corporation

  13. Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

  14. Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh

  15. Belagavi, Karnataka

  16. Udaipur, Rajasthan

  17. Guwahati, Assam

  18. Chennai, Tamil Nadu

  19. Ludhiana, Punjab

  20. Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

By Rahul Choudhury

Media & Communications, Fiinovation

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