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Smart Cities – The Nation’s Urban Future

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Smart Cities are the engines that can boost the economy of every nation.

Even INDIA is not an exemption. According to the 2011 census, nearly 30% of India’s population live in urban areas. They contribute about 63% of our GDP. As in this era of increasing urbanisation , the urban population is expected to increase to 40% by 2030.So, we have to increase the contribution of Urban GDP to 75% . Therefore,  ‘Smart cities’ is the first step taken by Modi’s Govt. in this regard . It is an initiative under the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD).



  • There is no universally accepted definition of a smart city. It changes from person to person , state to state, country to country.
  • In a broader sense we may say : ” A city equipped with basic infrastructure  to give a decent quality of life , a clean and sustainable environment through application of smart solutions”.
  • The objective is to promote the cities that provide the necessary infrastructure.
  • To  give a better quality of life to its citizens.
Main Objective
  • The focus will be on sustainable development of the selected city and to create a replicable model which will act like a light house to other aspiring cities.
A total budget of 4800 crore. is allotted to  the project.
A total of 100 smart cities will be selected from all around the country. Every state will  get at least one smart city in those 100  proposed. Only 20 cities out of 100 will be chosen for the first phase funding in 2015-16.

After qualifying for the City Challenge Competition , the selected cities will be allocated Rs. 200 crore funds in the first year for initial corpus . This will be followed by Rs. 100 crore for the next 3 years. The cities can use the funds to develop the Smart City by following the MoUD strategy.


Selection Procedure:

  1. State-wise short listing of cities :
  • Intra state competition ,where in cities in  a particular state compete for the allocated number given to the state
  • Selected one’s will be sent to MoUD as recommended short list from the state.
      2. The challenge round for selection:
  • This is the crucial stage of selection procedure wherein the selected 100 cities will put their proposals before the ministry
  • The one who gets approved will immediately get funds and can start their project
  • Rejected cities can make out different plan, so that their proposals make sense.
Elements of SMART CITY:

The basic infrastructure in a Smart City will include:

1.Adequate water supply to every resident of the city.

2.E-Governance and public participation.

3. IT connectivity to the world outside

4.Effective Urban Transportation system.

5. Affordable housing for poor.


7. Assured Electric supply

8.Sustainable environment.

9.Health and security.


Basic Strategy  by MoUD:

The strategic components of Area-based development in the Smart Cities Mission as proposed by MoUD are:



Smart City improvement to make the existing area more liveable and more efficient. An area of 500 acres will be identified with the help of citizens of the city and it will be used to develop  more intensive infrastructures.


Renewal of the city by replacing existing built-up environment with enhanced infrastructure and increased density.

Greenfield Development:

Vacant areas  of more than 200 acres will be used to construct affordable housing to poor .

Pan-city  (Additional feature):

Envisages application of smart solutions, using technology and information and data so that infrastructure and services are made better in Smart Cities.

There will be challenges like corruption, people’s participation. But  MoUD is taking measures to overcome those .




Source: Smart Cities India


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