Overview of Smart Cities Mission- Aims to Improve Ease of Living for Poor and Women (Download PDF)


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Ministery for Housing and Urban Affairs believes that smart cities mission is a step towards achieving vision of improving ease of living particularly for the poor, women, elderly and the differently-abled.

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  • Smart city mission has a strong focus on innovative digital technologies and dovetails with Digital India ‘vision areas’ such as digital empowerment of citizens, making government services available digitally, and creating digital infrastructure as utility to every citizen

  • Currently, 90 cities have been selected for the smart city project. Names of ten more cities will be announced shortly.

  • The smart city approach is different from the traditional one- first time that cities have co-created a vision and smart city proposal through an extensive citizen engagement.

Implementation of Smart City Projects

  • All states will get at least one smart city. A Special Purpose Vehicle for each city will implement Smart City action plan. The SPV is assigned with the urban local body, state government and the Centre for implementation of the project.

  • After government announced the guidelines, states were asked to nominate names of cities for a ‘City Challenge Competition’ and the chosen ones got Central fund of Rs. 100 crore each year for 5 years

  • Area-based development: basic criteria for selection of a city/municipal area was the following

  • Retrofitting 500 acres: Planning in an existing built-up area in a municipal ward, preparing plan with citizen participation (example: Connaught Place in Delhi, Bhendi Bazar in Mumbai).

  • Greenfield 250 acres: Introduce smart solutions in a vacant area using innovative planning (example: land pooling and land reconstitution in Outer Delhi, GIFT city in Gujarat).

  • Re-development 50 acres: Replacement of existing built-up area and preparing a new layout plan with enhanced infrastructure by way of mixed land use (example: Kidwai Nagar in Delhi).

Projects under the Smart Cities Mission

  • There are about 3000 projects worth Rs. 1, 40, 000 crores at various stages of implementation.

  • Tenders for projects worth Rs. 16, 000 crore have been called,

  • More than 1 lakh crore worth of projects are being readied for issuance of tenders.

  • Fastest ever project implementations at this scale and geographic spread in urban sector.

  • ‘Lighthouse’ effect- Other cities and regions around them start undergoing transformation towards becoming centres of urban excellence.

Bringing ’Ease of Living” to Common People

As part of ‘smart cities’ mission, Digital Technology solutions were introduced which help citizens in the following ways:

  • Surveillance systems lead to greatly reduced crime and improved safety of residents particularly women.

  • Citywide wi-fi networks improve communication among citizens as well that with service providers.

  • E-governance and citizen feedback management leads to improved social cohesion by increasing opportunities for citizen engagement, reducing social inequities, and reducing response time for business services.

  • Integrated traffic management increases traffic speeds and reduced traffic congestions resulting in cleaner air

Many Firsts!

  • Bhubaneswar smart city plan was adjudged as the best city plan by American Planners Association.

  • First time cities have created an institutional mechanism (SPVS) at the city level. Till now 82 SPVs have been formed

  • For the first time every project of the cities is appraised by smart city SPVs in terms of public value. This has led to an improved coordination and efficiency in delivery of services at cities.

  • The 90 smart cities have proposed to leverage the fund by 2.5 times through internal revenue mobilization, value capture financing, municipal bond issue etc.

- Published/Last Modified on: May 1, 2018

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