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Smart City Mission is an ambitious program that the Government launched in 2015 to build 100 Smart Cities that can act as replicable models for other cities in terms of its core infrastructure, clean and sustainable environment.

The projects being executed under the mission are fastest among the Government schemes.

The government on April 18 informed that all government funded projects in Smart City Mission will be completed by next year. Almost 100 per cent of these government funded projects have been work ordered after the completion of their tendering process.

The government in order to leverage AI and technology to solve urban issues is organising a 3-day “Smart Cities, Smart Urbanization” conference from April 18 at Surat. The event also demonstrates to common people how projects under the mission solve the complex issue of urban development.

Addressing the conference, Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri said, “Work has started in almost all Government funded projects in Smart City Mission, and projects under SCM will complete by next year. 80 of the Smart Cities have Integrated Command and Control Centres, and the remaining 20 will be operational by 15th August this year.”

The operational ICCCs functioned as war-rooms for COVID management, and along with other smart infrastructure developed under the mission, helped cities in fighting the pandemic through information dissemination, improving communication, predictive analysis and supporting effective management.

Relevance of the mission

Cities accommodate nearly 40 percent of India’s current population and contribute 63% of GDP (Census 2011). Urban areas are expected to house 40% of India’s population and contribute 75% of India’s GDP by 2030. Smart Cities Mission aims to develop the cities’ infrastructure to meet this increasing demand.

Apart from ICCCs, the mission also focuses on smart roads, solar rooftops, intelligent transport systems and smart parks. The core infrastructural issues the mission aims to address is providing adequate water supply, assured electricity supply, quality sanitation, efficient urban mobility and public transport, affordable housing and robust IT connectivity and digitalization.

‘Smart Cities, Smart Urbanization’ conference

Five pavilions were showcased at the events based on themes vis. Reimagining Public Spaces, Digital Governance, ClimateSmart Cities, Innovation and Smart Finance, for over 1000+ participants registered from across the country. These thematic pavilions demonstrated the variety of urban projects being developed in the Smart Cities.

The first day of the event featured the release of Urban Outcomes Framework 2022 that will serve as a road map and benchmark for the urban transformation in the cities. Frameworks that were released include ‘Ease of Living’, ‘Municipal Performance Index’ and ‘Data Maturity & Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework’.

An integrated data portal AMPLIFI, which will provide valuable data about Indian cities, was also launched. SCM also launched ‘Artificial Intelligence (AI) Playbook for Cities’ to act as a guide for implementation of Artificial Intelligence solutions that cities can deploy to solve complex urban issues. Further, a compendium of AI use cases that have successfully been implemented in urban domain was also released at the event.

SCM- Progress so far

Smart Cities Mission that was launched on 25th June, 2015 envisaged a total investment of ₹2,05,018 crore. Out of these, projects worth ₹93,552 crore were proposed to be developed by Centre and State funds. Almost 100% of these government funded projects i.e., projects worth ₹92,300 crore have been work ordered.

Of the total proposed projects under SCM, 7,905 projects worth ₹1,93,143 crore (94% by value) have been tendered so far, work orders have been issued for 7,692 projects worth around ₹1,80,508 crore (88% by value). 3,830 projects worth ₹60,919 crore (33% by value) have also been fully completed and are operational (10 April 2022).

The Financial progress in the Smart Cities Mission has accelerated too. The total expenditure in the mission was ₹1,000 crore in 2018, it has increased today to ₹45,000 crore. The utilization percentage of the total GOI funds released to cities is at 91%.

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Quelle/Source: News On Air, 19.04.2022

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