A primer on smart cities mis­sion

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What is it? The Smart Cities Mis­sion, a pet pro­ject of prime min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, was launched in June 2015 with the gov­ern­ment re­leas­ing the guide­lines and mis­sion state­ment for the 100 Smart Cities pro­ject. The mis­sion has been al­lo­cated ₹ 48,000 crore for five years

The process In De­cem­ber last year, 97 se­lected cities sub­mit­ted their plans to the MoUD. The cities were given ₹ 2 crore to pre­pare smart city plans with the as­sis­tance of tech­ni­cal and other agen­cies, on the ba­sis of which the se­lec­tion was done

The pa­ram­e­ters: In Jan­uary this year, 20 cities made it to the list on the ba­sis of a com­pe­ti­tion. They were graded for the fea­si­bil­ity and cost-ef­fec­tive­ness of their pro­pos­als, re­sult ori­en­ta­tion, ci­ti­zen par­tic­i­pa­tion and smart­ness of pro­pos­als

13 more cities added: In June this year, 13 more cities were se­lected in the sec­ond batch to be de­vel­oped as smart cities. Luc­know topped the list in the Fast Track com­pe­ti­tion con­ducted for 23 cities from as many states and union ter­ri­to­ries. Other cities in­cluded Dharam­sala (Hi­machal Pradesh), Chandi­garh and Farid­abad (Haryana)

The chal­lenges: With the fo­cus of the Smart Cities Mis­sion lim­ited to area-based de­vel­op­ment, the ben­e­fi­cia­ries in­clude only about 4% of the city’s pop­u­la­tion. An­other chal­lenge is that only about 13 of the 33 cities have so far cre­ated the Spe­cial Pur­pose Ve­hi­cle (SPV) re­quired to be set up to im­ple­ment the mis­sion

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