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Smart Cities Mission projects

  • Published
    16th Mar, 2023
Context

As the June 2023 is set as the deadline for completing the Smart Cities Mission approaches, the government has asked 20 of the worst-performing cities — ones that have completed the fewest projects under the mission to make their participation  better.

About the proposals:
  • After the centre has given broad guidelines to the participating cities, the project proposals ranged from making certain stretches of roads more accessible and pedestrian-friendly to more capital-intensive ones like laying water pipelines and constructing sewage treatment plants.
  • All 100 cities have also constructed Integrated Command and Control Centres to monitor all security, emergency and civic services. 
  • During the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, these centres were converted into emergency response units by many of the cities.

Till now, Shillong has completed just one of its 18 proposed projects.

Guidelines proposed by the Ministry of Housing and Urban affairs:

  • The purpose of the Smart Cities Mission is to drive economic growth and improve the quality of life of people by enabling local area development and harnessing technology, especially technology that leads to Smart outcomes.
  • Area-based development will transform existing areas (retrofit and redevelop), including slums, into better planned ones, thereby improving liveability of the whole City. 
  • New areas (Greenfield) will be developed around cities 7 in order to accommodate the expanding population in urban areas. 
  • Application of Smart Solutions will enable cities to use technology, information and data to improve infrastructure and services. 
  • Comprehensive development in this way will improve quality of life, create employment and enhance incomes for all, especially the poor and the disadvantaged, leading to inclusive Cities.

Smart Cities Mission:

  • MoHUA launched Smart Cities Mission in 2015 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.
  • The strategic components of the Smart Cities Mission are city improvement (retrofitting), city renewal (redevelopment) and city extension (Greenfield development) plus a Pan-city initiative in which Smart Solutions are applied covering larger parts of the city.
  • Since the start of the Mission in 2015, the 100 Smart Cities have been developing a total of 5,151 projects with an investment of Rs. 2, 05,018 crores.

About the Smart City ranking:

  • The ranking is released by the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs.
  • 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 on-going work and tendering process
    • the utilisation of funds
  • provision of the utility certificates to the Centre from time to time

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