The News Services Division brings glimpses of “The Year that was” in our Special Series Year Ender. The reform in cities has been one of the top agendas of the NDA government. Smart Cities Mission was launched in 2015 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.
100 Smart cities are proposed to be developed. At the launch of Smart City Mission in June 2015, the Prime Minister outlined how for the first time the Government has used the challenge mode for selection of Smart Cities. In this method, the onus of categorizing a city into a Smart City lies largely with the people and the local bodies.
Covid-19 has affected almost the entire world, causing widespread disruptions in economies and healthcare services. India is no exception. But the mission to develop 100 smart cities in India, has seen an upturn in the post lockdown months as the funds utilization has almost doubled. Our correspondent takes a look at the progress of Smart Cities Mission.