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Rajasthan ranks 2nd in country in implementing Smart City projects

  • Category
    Economy
  • Published
    24th May, 2021

Rajasthan has stood second among the 36 states and Union territories in the country in implementation of the Smart City projects with four of its cities making the mark in the mission.

Context

Rajasthan has stood second among the 36 states and Union territories in the country in implementation of the Smart City projects with four of its cities making the mark in the mission.

About

About the Smart City ranking

  • The ranking is released by the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs.
  • Four Rajasthan cities, Udaipur, Kota, Ajmer and Jaipur have secured the 8th, 11th, 29th and 36th rank among the 100 smart cities of the country.
  • Bangluru is ranked first in the ranking.
  • A new method of ranking was adopted for the assessment Work .
    • Work completed, tendering process and fund utilisation are among the new parameters.
  • The ranking takes into account various factors such as
    • the smart city plan implementation
    • the ongoing work and tendering process
    • the utilisation of funds
    • provision of the utility certificates to the Centre from time to time

Smart Cities Mission

  • Launched: The Government of India has launched the Smart Cities Mission on 25 June 2015.
  • Objective: The objective is to promote sustainable and inclusive cities that provide core infrastructure and give a decent quality of life to its citizens, a clean and sustainable environment and application of ‘Smart’ Solutions.
  • Focus: The focus is on sustainable and inclusive development and the idea is to look at compact areas, create a replicable model which will act like a lighthouse to other aspiring cities.
  • Implementation: The implementation of the Smart Cities Mission is done by a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to be set up at city level in the form of a limited company under the Companies Act, 2013.
  • Distribution: It will be promoted by the State/UT and the Urban Local Body (ULB) jointly both having 50:50 equity shareholding. 

Other Similar initiative for the development

Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS)

  • The Members of Parliament Local Area Development Division is entrusted with the responsibility of implementation of the scheme.
  • Under the scheme, each MP has the choice to suggest to the District Collector for works to the tune of Rs.5 Crores per annum to be taken up in his/her constituency.
    • The Rajya Sabha Members of Parliament can recommend works in one or more districts in the State from where he/she has been elected.
    • The Nominated Members of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha may select any one or more Districts from any one State in the Country for implementation of their choice of work under the scheme.
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