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GoI Initiatives


    The Government of India launched the Smart Cities Mission in June 2015. Its objective is 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 focus is on sustainable and inclusive development and the idea is to look at compact areas, create a replicable model which will act like a lighthouse to other aspiring cities. The Smart Cities Mission is meant to set examples that can be replicated both within and outside the Smart City, catalysing the creation of similar Smart Cities in various regions and parts of the country.

  • The ‘Smart City’ Concept:

    Governments and organisations in various parts of the world are in search of solutions to urban problems such as scarcity of water and other resources, traffic gridlocks, and crime. Traditional methods of governance are failing to address these emerging challenges of urbanisation, especially in the face of a huge and growing urban population. In this respect, one idea that has evolved is that of creating ‘smart cities.’

  • India’s Smart Cities Mission: Overview and Evaluation:

    The Government of India launched the SCM on 25 June 2015 for the duration of five years (2015-16 to 2019-20).[13] The Mission aims to improve living conditions in 100 existing cities across India. At least one city from every state/union territory was selected under the SCM to implement the concept of a ‘smart city.’ The goal was to be accomplished by improving various types of infrastructure and services including water, sanitation, energy, mobility, education, and health. Over 130 million urban dwellers (or 35 percent of the country’s urban population) are expected to benefit from this initiative.