Centre sets July end deadline for Smart City list

Centre sets July end deadline for Smart City list

After two day consultations with states, mayors, municipal chairpersons and commissioners on new urban missions, the Centre set July end as deadline to the states to send a list of possible cities to be developed as Smart Cities.

Urban Development Ministry Secretary Madhusudhan Prasad has written to all chief Secretaries to start the process of selecting the cities to be developed as smart city.

The final selection of beneficiaries’ city will be completed by end of this year and work for development of modern city will be started first quarter in next year, Prasad told Deccan Herald.

Though the Centre wanted to develop 100 smart cities, Prasad also said only capable cities will be chosen under the programme through a two-stage competition.

In the stage-1 of “City Challenge Competition”, each state and Union Territory will score all their cities based on a set of criteria and nominate the top scorers as per the indicated number of potential smart cities for participation in the stage-2 of competition.

The evaluation criteria for stage-1 of competition within the state/UT involves points system, such as existing service levels, institutional systems and capacities, self-financing and past track record.

Publishing monthly e-newsletter of local bodies and online publication of municipal budget expenditure details, imposition of penalties for delays in service delivery and improvement in internal resource generation, prompt payment of salaries by urban local bodies, auditing of accounts will also fetch more points for each local bodies.

The 100 potential smart cities nominated by all the states and UTs based on stage-1 criteria will prepare “Smart City Plans” which will be rigorously evaluated in the stage-2 of the competition for prioritising cities for financing. 

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