Smart Cities Scheme

Date: June 26, 2015

India smart cities

100 Smart Cities Program

The population of urban areas is increasing every day as people moves towards cities in search for work. The urban India contributes about 60% of India’s GDP and is expected to increase up to 75% in the next 15 years. The cities need to become smarter to handle this urbanization.

The smart cities should be able to provide good infrastructure such as water, sanitation, reliable utility services, health care; attract investments; transparent processes that make commercial activities easy and other services for citizens to make them feel safe and happy.

The Cabinet had approved Rs 48000 crore investment on urban development under Smart Cities Mission.

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 Smart Cities initiative: Major Focus-

   Adequate and clean Water supply Sanitation and Solid Waste Management

   Efficient Urban Mobility and Public Transportation

   Affordable housing for the poor
   Power supply
   Robust IT connectivity
   Governance, especially e-governance and citizen participation
   Safety and security of citizens
   Health and education
    Sustainable urban environment.
This scheme will promote the adoption of smart solutions for using available resources efficiently. There will be special emphasis on participation of citizens in prioritizing and planning urban interventions. The implementation will be done through ‘area based approach’ which will consist of retrofitting, redevelopment, pan-city initiatives and development of new cities.