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Centre extends Smart Cities Mission till June 2024

  • Category
    Polity & Governance
  • Published
    5th May, 2023

Context

The Centre has decided to extend the Smart Cities Mission deadline by one year, from June 2023 to June 2024. 

About Smart Cities Mission

  • The flagship mission was launched on June 25, 2015
  • It involves the development of 100 cities into smart cities.
  • The project aims to improve the quality of life for people living in India and drive economic growth. 
  • Implementation of the Scheme
    • The Union Ministry of Urban Development is responsible for implementing the mission. 
    • Also, a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) in each state is created, headed by the CEO; they look after the implementation of the mission.

Mapping the urban population

  • Almost 31% of the population of India lives in cities, and they contribute 63% of GDP, as per the data collected in Census 2011. 
  • It is believed that by 2030 around 40% of India's will be living in cities and contribute 75% to the GDP.

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