Smart Cities in India – A Detailed Overview
The concept of Smart Cities in India received a lot of attention during 2015. Wondering what smart cities in India are? Want to know more about smart cities concept in India? Read on to know all about the smart cities of India and the Smart Cities Mission.
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Concept of Smart Cities in India
There has been no official definition for Smart Cities in India. Hence, the conceptualization of smart city differs from city to city in India. Cities selected under the Smart Cities Mission, which work towards improving the standard of living of its residents and fostering economic growth, through smart solutions, are broadly called Smart Cities in India.
These smart cities in India are selected based on various criteria such as capability to use technology in achieving the objectives, ability to execute integrated, inclusive and sustainable solutions with the community benefits at its core.
The Smart City Mission
The Smart City Mission in India is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) for urban regeneration, and was launched on June 25, 2015. The Smart Cities Mission India was launched with the objective of developing 100 selected cities in India as Smart Cities. The Smart Cities Mission is implemented under the supervision of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.
The key focus of smart cities development in India is area-based development to create replicable model of light house cities that are capable of harnessing data and technology to achieve sustainable development. The underlying assumption is that other cities will be able to make these light house cities as a role model in their development plans.
Key Features of a Smart City in India
The following are some of the core infrastructure aspects* which are form the first layer feature of a Smart City in India:
- Adequate water and electricity supply,
- Well established sanitation system
- Efficient transportation system including urban mobility and public transport,
- Affordable housing, especially for the poor
- Capability for a robust IT connectivity
- Implementation of extensive digitalization measures,
- Good governance initiatives with emphasis on e-Governance and citizen participation
- Ability to implement environment friendly and sustainable projects
- Focus on education, safety, security and health of its citizens
List of Smart Cities in India
India has a total of one hundred cities, which have been selected and designated as Smart City in India. Here is the complete Smart Cities of India list:
|No.||City name||No.||City Name||No.||City Name||No.||City Name||No.||City Name|
|1||Agartala||21||Dahod||41||Jhansi||61||New Delhi Municipal Council||81||Shivamogga|
|2||Agra||22||Davangere||42||Kakinada||62||New Town Kolkata*||82||Silvassa|
State Wise List of Smart Cities of India
Wish to know which state a smart city of India belongs to or how how many smart cities are in each state? Below is a complete smart cities in India list.
|STATE/ UNION TERRITORY||CITY|
|Andaman & Nicobar||Port Blair|
|Dadra and Nagar Haveli||Silvassa|
|Daman and Diu||Diu|
|Jammu and Kashmir||Srinagar|
|West Bengal||New Town Kolkata|
FAQS on Smart Cities in India
Find below answers to some of the frequently asked questions about smart cities in India.
How many cities are selected as Smart Cities in India?
A total of 100 cities were selected as smart cities in India.
How are smart Cities of India selected?
The Smart Cities of India were selected through a competitive process, comprising of 5 rounds, spanning from 2016 to 2018. Cities coming out successful in each round get shortlisted as a smart city. The Smart City Mission followed a three step selection process in the selection of the cities.
When was the Smart City Mission launched?
Mission Smart City was launched on June 25, 2015.
Which Ministry supervises the Smart City Mission?
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development supervises the implementation of the Smart City Mission India.
How is the Smart City Mission Funded?
The Smart City Mission is funded partially by the Central Government with an equal amount being contributed by the States. Further funding is intended to be raised through various other measures such as convergence, grants innovative finance mechanisms, other government programs and borrowings.
Which are the first smart cities in India?
The following 20 cities were selected on January 28, 2016 as the first smart cities in India: Bhubaneswar, Pune, Jaipur, Surat, Kochi, Ahmedabad, Jabalpur, Visakhapatnam, Solapur, Davangere, Indore, New Delhi, Coimbatore, Kakinada, Belagavi, Udaipur, Guwahati, Chennai, Ludhiana, Bhopal.