Indore & Surat won Smart Cities Award 2020, Uttar Pradesh tops among states

Indore (Madhya Pradesh) and Surat (Gujarat) jointly won the Smart City Awards 2020 for overall development, whereas, Uttar Pradesh topped among the states followed by Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, on June 25 as the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) released a list of awardees under Smart City Awards 2020.

As per MoHUA, there were 11 categories for the awards – Social Aspects, Governance, Culture, Urban Environment, Sanitation, Economy, Built Environment, Water, Urban Mobility, Innovative Idea Award, and COVID Innovation Award.

Cities including – Surat, Indore, Ahmedabad, Pune, Vijayawada, Rajkot, Visakhapatnam, Pimpri-Chinchwad, and Vadodara were given 4-star rating under Climate-Smart Cities Assessment Framework. Whereas Chandigarh bagged the award among Union Territories and Indore conferred the ‘Innovative Idea Award’.

Ahmedabad won the ‘Smart Cities Leadership Award’, followed by Varanasi and Ranchi in the second and third positions respectively. Considering the Governance aspect, Vadodara, Thane and Bhubaneswar were ranked as the top three cities in the country.

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Category-wise winner smart cities

1. Social Aspects

  • Tirupati – Health Benchmark for Municipal Schools
  • Bhubaneshwar – Socially Smart Bhubaneswar
  • Tumakuru – Digital Library Solution

2. Governance

  • Vadodara – GIS
  • Thane – Digi Thane
  • Bhubaneswar – ME app

3. Culture

  • Indore – Conservation of Heritage
  • Chandigarh – Capitol Complex, Heritage Project
  • Gwalior – Digital Museum

4. Urban Environment

  • Bhopal – Clean energy
  • Chennai – Restoration of water bodies
  • Tirupati – Renewable Energy Generation

5. Sanitation

  • Tirupati – Bioremediation & Bio-Mining
  • Indore – Municipal Waste Management System
  • Surat – Conservation through Treated Wastewater

6. Economy

  • Indore – Carbon Credit Financing Mechanism
  • Tirupati – Boost Local Identity & Economy through Design Studio
  • Agra – Micro Skill Development Centre

7. Built Environment

  • Indore – Chappan Dukan
  • Surat – Canal Corridor

8. Water

  • Dehradun – Smart Water Metering Water ATM
  • Varanasi – Eco-Restoration of Assi River
  • Surat – Integrated and Sustainable Water Supply System

9. Urban Mobility

  • Aurangabad – Majhi Smart Buses
  • Surat – Dynamic Scheduling Buses
  • Ahmedabad – Man-less parking system and automatic ticket dispensing machines AMDA Park

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10. Innovative Idea Award

  • Indore – Carbon Credit Financing Mechanism

11. Covid Innovation Award

  • Kalyan-Dombivali and Varanasi

As per the Ministry, as many as 5,924 projects worth Rs 1,78,500 crore of the total proposed projects under the Smart Cities Mission have been tendered so far. Whereas, work orders for 5,236 projects worth Rs 1,46,125 crore have been issued.

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