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The objective is 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.

The focus is on creating a replicable model which are meant to set examples that can be replicated both within and outside the Smart City, catalyzing the creation of similar Smart Cities in various regions and parts of the country.

Core infrastructure elements

  1. Water Supply
  2. Assured electricity supply
  3. Sanitation, including solid waste managemen
  4. Efficient urban mobility and public transport
  5. Affordable housing, especially for the poor
  6. Robust IT connectivity and digitalization
  7. Good governance, especially e-Governance and citizen participation
  8. Sustainable environment
  9. Safety and security of citizens, particularly women, children and the elderly
  10. Health and education.


    Components of Smart Cities Mission –
    City improvement (Retrofitting),
    City renewal (Redevelopment),
    City extension plus a Pan-city initiative in which Smart Solutions are applied covering larger parts of the city.

Approach – Area-based development.

Selection Process – Each state will get at least one smart city.

Each aspiring city competes for selection as a smart city in what is called a ‘City Challenge’.There are two stages in the selection process.

The State/UT begins with short listing the potential smart cities.

The first stage of the competition will be intra-state based on the criteria specified and the highest scoring potential smart cities will be recommended to MoUD.

The 100 such potential smart cities nominated by all the States and UTs will prepare Smart City Plans which will be rigorously evaluated in the Stage-2 of the competition for prioritizing cities for financing.

The chosen ones will get Central fund of Rs 500 crorein the course of 5 years.

Implementation -By SPVs which will be promoted by the State/UT and the Urban Local Body (ULB) jointly both having 50:50 equity shareholding.