The list of 100 cities that will compete with each other to achieve the Smart City tag will be submitted by all state governments to the Centre by the end of July. The states will select top performers under the mission as per parameters defined by the Centre.
The selection criteria for the cities include its existing service levels, institutional capacities, ability for self-financing and past track record and reforms. Also listed are 13 sub-criteria, of which eight are related to e-governance and financial capacity of the urban local body.
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After evaluation by a high-power steering committee led by the chief secretary, the state concerned has to send to the Centre names of those scoring the highest on these parameters.
The Centre has assigned a quota of the number of cities a state can nominate for the Smart City plan. The quotas have been assigned based on a formula that gives 50-50 weightage to the state’s urban population and the number of statutory towns in it.
For instance, Uttar Pradesh will get to nominate the maximum number of cities and towns at 13, followed by Tamil Nadu at 12 and Maharashtra at 10. Northeastern states and Union Territories will get to choose only one city each.
“This would be stage one of the challenge. After this, the top 20 contenders will be prioritised for funding for the first two years and given Rs 100 crore each. The remaining cities will be funded over the next few years. If any of the cities from a state fails to meet parameters, the state’s quota might be given away to another deserving state,” said an official. The Smart City mission will receive a total Central assistance of Rs 48,000 crore over the next five years.