The government is all set to announce the winners of the second round of the government’s flagship 100 smart cities mission by the end of this month. The government will select up to 27 cities in this round.
The government has already selected 20 cities in January and added 13 more cities in May. Aspirants for the second round of smart cities mission had submitted revised plans by June end. Those among the 23 cities which could not win the fast track competition were able to join this second round of competition.
The centre will provide Rs 500 crore for each city under this mission with other states and urban local bodies to provide the same amount. The other required resources are expected to be mobilised through convergence of all schemes of central and state governments, PPP, Municipal Bonds and borrowings from financial institutions.
The project intends to promote adoption of smart solutions to enhance the quality of urban life and provide a clean and sustainable environment.
Smart city portal was started with an aim to provide latest news information about the smart city mission of the Government of India. Founded in 2015, the portal enjoys the distinction of being India's first integrated website on smart cities of India. The website features stories on the economic growth of Indian cities where the government is trying to improve the quality of life of people by enabling local development and harnessing technology as a means to create smart outcomes for citizens.