100 smart cities: Cabinet clears Smart Cities Mission with outlay of Rs 48,000 cr

Under the Smart Cities Mission, each selected city would get central assistance of Rs 100 crore per year for five years, the government said.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: April 30, 2015 9:01 am
Smart city, Narendra Modi, PM Modi, Modi smart city Chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Cabinet cleared the Smart Cities Mission. (Source: Express Archive)

Taking a major step in its bid to recast the country’s urban landscape, the Union Cabinet Wednesday approved Central government spending worth Rs 98,000 crore under two new urban missions over the next five years.

Chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Cabinet cleared the Smart Cities Mission — under which 100 smart cities would be built — and the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) for 500 cities with outlays of Rs 48,000 crore and Rs 50,000 crore, respectively.

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Under the Smart Cities Mission, each selected city would get central assistance of Rs 100 crore per year for five years, the government said.

Cities to be developed will be selected through a ‘competition’ intended to ascertain their ability to achieve mission objectives. Each state will shortlist a number of smart city aspirants, which will prepare proposals for the Centre.

The aim of the mission is to more efficiently utilise available assets, resources and infrastructure to enhance quality of urban life and provide a clean and sustainable environment.

“There will be special emphasis on participation of citizens in prioritising and planning urban interventions. It will be implemented through ‘area based’ approach, which includes retrofitting, redevelopment, pan-city initiatives and development of new cities,” the government said.

“Under retrofitting, deficiencies in an identified area will be addressed through necessary interventions, like in the case of Local Area Plan for downtown Ahmedabad. Redevelopment enables reconstruction of an area that is already built but not amenable for any interventions… like in the case of Bhendi Bazar in Mumbai and West Kidwai Nagar in New Delhi. Pan-city components could be interventions like intelligent transport solutions that benefits residents by reducing commuting time,” it added.

The focus will be on core infrastructure services like adequate and clean water supply, sanitation and solid waste management, efficient urban mobility and public transportation, affordable housing for the poor, power supply, robust IT connectivity, governance, especially e-governance, and citizen participation.

AMRUT, which seeks to lay a foundation to enable cities and towns to eventually grow into smart cities, will be implemented in 500 locations with a population of one lakh and above. These include cities situated on stems of main rivers, a few capital cities and important cities located in hilly areas and tourist spots. Under this mission, states will get flexibility of designing schemes that best suit their needs.

States will only submit annual action plans to the Centre for broad concurrence, based on which funds will be released.

AMRUT is the new avatar of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). But in a significant departure from the earlier mission, the Centre will not appraise individual projects.

The central assistance will be 50 per cent of project cost for cities and towns with a population of up to 10 lakh and one-third of the project cost for those with a population of above 10 lakh, the government said. The Cabinet also approved Central funding under AMRUT to projects which were sanctioned under JNNURM but not completed.

The government also said that following Wednesday’s Cabinet approval, a minimum investment of over Rs 2 lakh crore would flow into urban areas over the next five years since states and urban local bodies would mobilise matching resources ranging from 50 per cent to 66 per cent. In addition, substantial private investments would be mobilised by states and urban local bodies through PPP model, as required, to meet project costs.

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    krishna
    Jun 7, 2015 at 7:51 pm
    At last congress ghotala party come to end .congress party totally favourable to muslims only not to hindu ,cristians,buddh ,sikhs and other in 60 years congress party kills our indian culture aryuvedic and our hindu temples
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      PANKAJ DAS
      Jun 15, 2015 at 10:21 pm
      IS THERE ANY CHANCE IN SILCHAR(AM) FOR SMART CITY
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        Dr surinder
        Apr 30, 2015 at 5:09 am
        Could you understand the exact meaning of SMART CITY JUMLA? In the end it turned out to be change of name for earlier central scheme JNNURM. BUT IN HIS SPEACHES MODI SAID HE WILL ADD NEW CITIES, BUT PRACTICALLY GOVT IS JUST GOING TO DO SOME PATCHWORK TO ALREADY INHABITED CITIES. NOW SMART CITIES MEAN 100 CRORES PER YEAR FOR 5 YEARS--------50% TO 70% EXPENSES TO BE BORN BY STATES.
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          mc
          Jun 28, 2015 at 1:35 am
          It would be good to first showcase one or two model cities (under fast construction) to show people that it works. CORRUPTION is a big enemy.
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            mc
            Jun 28, 2015 at 1:30 am
            why not Haldwani in Uttarakhand, as one instead of three adjacent 3 cities named Dehradun, Haridwar . and Roorky?
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              Jaswant kr
              Aug 17, 2015 at 6:07 pm
              It's sounds good,I'm vry happy to hear this.If this project will be done, it's vry useful to our indians, and it's vry glad presention for our prestige.
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                Amit Singh
                Apr 30, 2015 at 10:35 am
                Really intresting
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                  Rabi Sharma
                  Apr 30, 2015 at 7:47 am
                  The concept of 100 smart cities, taken literally from "Re-Imagining India" has been finally launched. Without tending to be skeptical, one cannot remain oblivious of its ultimate viability and justification given its orientation for the upper cl of society and desution and denials for the mes emerging as a contrast on the outskirts. In the age of pseudo-Hinduism having taken the w polity and intelligentsia under its stranglehold, it is not difficult to foresee the development model leading to a situation which is feared by everyone. Unless the countryside is properly nourished and prepared through pro-active interventions, the smartness of cities shall only prove few more islands of prosperity amidst deep waters of disparity, deprivation, disgust and squalor.
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                    SATEJ
                    Apr 30, 2015 at 12:20 pm
                    smart cities, bullet train,, wi-fi, will not feed your stomach,, so start developing villages first, pay attention to farmers,,,, the Govt from 1947- only interested in Rich people,, Industrialist, Builders,, Developers- the political parties are getting percentage money from these developers /builders in cr & cr ,,, WARE MERA BHARAT ?????????
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                      Sri Ramanathan
                      Apr 30, 2015 at 5:10 am
                      Smart Cities The Cities should be planned with easy maintenance and upgrading facilities. Train stations should have Bus Terminus just under it. Storm drains should be big enough to run Water mains Power Telephone etc and easily upgradable. No more digging the roads. In many countries the Sewer main is located at the premises backyard it self.
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                        ARUN SUNKAD
                        May 2, 2015 at 11:05 am
                        It's better start to start the project instead making a list of it. So happy to hear Mr. Prime minister. Every indian wish u a good luck....
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                          Yuvraj Sambhy
                          Apr 30, 2015 at 6:12 am
                          Make no mistake that success of all Govt schemes, unrelated to UPA or NDA, are solely dependent on corruption. AMRUT will fail if corruption co exist.
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                            Yuvraj Sambhy
                            Apr 30, 2015 at 6:15 am
                            Solid waste disposal in smart city is most important and I do not find anywhere meeting requirements.
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                              Yuvraj Sambhy
                              Apr 30, 2015 at 6:18 am
                              You are absolutely correct that first we should define what Smart city is. To me it was just election jumla.
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