The Smart Cities Mission completed seven years on 25th June 2022. Against the commitment of Rs 480 billion for 100 cities over five years and a matching equivalent amount to be released by the states, the centre has so far released a total of Rs 284.14 billion and 83 per cent of it has been utilised. The city development plans were designed around the budget with the assurance that finance would be available to this extent. And yet, the utilisation has not even crossed 50% of the amount committed and we are not even counting two extra years in which, one can assume, the pandemic took precedence. So with no money constraint the mission has been able to utilise only 49% of the committed amount across 100 cities. Considering that each city has been asked to confer with their citizens and plan an intervention which will improve liveability, workability and sustainability in their respective cities, this seems like a missed opportunity.
The 7th Smart Urbanation 2022 scheduled on August 26-27, 2022 brings together experts to debate and decode challenges and solutions for India's smart cities journey. The Smart Cities Mission is a Rs 2.11 trillion program of which projects with a value of 27.5% have been completed and therefore 72.5% of the work is in progress. This does not include the projects which are being planned by city municipalities after they have seen the success of such pilot projects within the Smart City SPV. The two day event will bring discussions emerging on the back of a pandemic which has turned several legacy paradigms on their head. Innovation and lateral thinking now will dominate traditional approaches.
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.
According to recent data received from Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs:
Additionally, Pratap Padode, Founder Director, Smart Cities Council India, shares a quick update on India’s smart act: