Smart Cities Mission: Progress Report [Download Report]

Is India Getting Smarter?

Report Summary

Four years ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a mission to smarten 100 cities in India. However, while the mission was designed to achieve its objectives over a five-year period, reports indicate progress won’t be visible till 2021.

As on September 18, 2019, of the 5,000 projects 100 smart cities had proposed:

  • Tendered out: 3,800 projects worth Rs 1,418 billion
  • Grounded: 3,100 projects worth Rs 1000 billion
  • Competed: 1,100 projects worth over Rs 201 billion
  • Remaining projects: To be tendered out by March 2020

According to recent data received from Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs:

  • Smart Command and Control Centres 24 projects in 24 cities have been completed and are operational, while 37 projects are under implementation in 37 cities, 12 cities have issued tenders for 12 projects.
  • PPP projects 74 projects in 28 cities have been completed and are operational, while 112 projects are under implementation in 47 cities, 41 cities have issued tenders for 92 projects.
  • Smart Roads 103 projects in 32 cities have been completed, while 318 projects are under implementation in 77 cities. 49 cities have issued tenders for 107 projects.
  • Smart Solar: 37 projects in 24 cities have been completed, while 53 projects are under implementation in 43 cities. 8 cities have issued tenders for 10projects.
  • Smart Wastewater: 8 projects in 15 cities have been completed, while 87 projects are under implementation in 53 cities. 20 cities have issued tenders for 31 projects.
  • Smart Water: 50 projects in 28 cities have been completed, while 130 projects are under implementation in 58 cities. 26 cities have issued tenders for 46 projects.

Additionally, Pratap Padode, Founder Director, Smart Cities Council India, shares a quick update on India’s smart act:

  • All 100 cities have formed legally constituted SPVs.
  • A total investment of $29.29 billion (area-based projects estimated to cost $23.31 billion while pan-city initiatives account for the remaining $5.55 billion) has been proposed by the 100 cities chosen so far with 5,151 projects.
  • Projects worth $9 billion are currently in the pipeline.
  • Contrary to perception, there has been a 183-per-centgrowth in tendered projects and 224 per cent growth in implementation/completed projects in approximately the past 15 months!
  • Over 469Indian cities have credit rating and 163 cities are investible grade and above. 36 cities in India have high investment grade (A- and above) credit rating, which can be upgraded to levels required.
  • Projects focusing on revamping an identified area (area-based projects) are estimated to cost $23.31 billion while smart initiatives across the city (pan-city initiatives) account for the remaining $5.55 billion of investment.
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