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The Minister of State for Housing & Urban Affairs, Civil Aviation (Independent Charge) and Commerce & Industry, Shri Hardeep Singh Puri addressing at a virtual event to commemorate 6 years of the launch of Smart Cities Mission (SCM), Pradhan Mantri AwasYojana- Urban (PMAY-U), Atal Mission for Rejuvenation & Urban Transformation (AMRUT), in New Delhi on June 25, 2021. The Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Shri Durga Shanker Mishra is also seen.

6th Anniversary to commemorate launch of PMAY-U, AMRUT & Smart Cities Mission:Bhubaneswar Wins 2 Awards In India Smart City Contest

Newdelhi:25/6/21:The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) organised an online event on here today to commemorate 6 years of the three transformative Urban Missions vis. Smart Cities Mission (SCM), Atal Mission for Urban Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U), which were launched by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, on 25th June, 2015. The Anniversary event highlighted some of the important initiatives being implemented under Smart Cities Mission. The event was presided by Shri Hardeep S. Puri, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Housing and Urban Affairs and was attended by key urban stakeholders from Central and State Governments including Principal Secretaries of States/UTs, Municipal Commissioners of Cities, and MDs/CEOs of Smart Cities. The date also marked the 45 years of establishment of National Institute of Urban Affairs, an autonomous body of MoHUA, tasked to bridge the gap between research and practice on issues related to urbanization

Odisha’s capital city won two awards in the India Smart City Awards Contest (IASC) organised by the Union Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs. While Bhubaneswar ranked 2nd among all smart cities of the country in the Social Aspects category for its globally acclaimed project ‘Socially Smart Bhubaneswar’, it secured the 3rd spot in the Governance category for ‘Bhubaneswar Me’ mobile phone application.

Expressing his happiness over the achievement, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Sanjay Kumar Singh said, “We have achieved these awards with our innovations and ideas and in future, the city will come up with more such citizen-centric projects. The Smart City Project works will be expedited and I hope in future we will win more such awards during Smart City Challenge.”

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Urban (PMAY)

Union Minister of State (I/C), MoHUA, Shri Hardeep Singh Puri released a short movie that encapsulated the Mission’s journey of six glorious years in fulfilling the dream of a pucca house for millions of Indians. In line with the vision of Prime Minister- ‘Housing for All’ by 2022, PMAY-U has registered outstanding success.  So far, about 1.12 crore houses have been sanctioned for its beneficiaries, out of which more than 83 lakh houses are grounded and more than 50 lakh completed.

Atal Mission for Rejuvenation & Urban Transformation (AMRUT)

Atal Mission for Rejuvenation & Urban Transformation (AMRUT) is the first focused national water Mission and was launched on 25th June, 2015 in 500 cities covering 60% of the urban population. All cities having population above 1 lakh are covered under Mission. Providing piped water supply and sewerage & septage management in Mission cities is the major focus of the Mission. Storm water drainage, non-motorized urban transport and green spaces & parks are minor components of Mission. Overall Mission allocation is ₹1 lakh crore including central share of ₹50,000 crore. State action plans amounting to ₹77,640 crore for basic infrastructure projects were approved, against which projects worth ₹79,772 crore have been grounded. So far, work worth ₹52,477 crores (66%) has been carried out.

Smart Cities Mission

  1. Physical progress in SCM:

SCM is a transformational Mission aimed to bring about a paradigm shift in the practice of urban development in the country. Of the total proposed projects under SCM, 5,924 projects (115% by number) worth ₹1,78,500 crore (87% by value) have been tendered so far, work orders have been issued for 5,236 projects (101% by number) worth ₹1,46,125 crore (71% by value). 2,665 projects (52% by number) worth ₹45,080 crore (22% by value) have also been fully completed and are operational (as on 23 June 2021).

  1. Financial Progress in SCM:
  1. Smart Cities Mission has demonstrated notable success in all projects, notably PPP projects. This success is noteworthy for three reasons, as under.
    1. Total value of successful PPP projects: 212 PPP projects worth ₹ 24,964 crore have been grounded/ completed stage in the Smart Cities Mission.
    2. Geographical spread across 57 cities: These projects are located across 57 cities and include not only in big cities but also smaller cities.
    3. Diverse sectoral mix of successful PPP projects: These successful PPP projects span diverse (10+) and unique sectors.
  2. It is also noteworthy that average monthly expenditure in the Smart Cities Mission has almost doubled in the last year, despite the challenges faced due to COVID. The efforts put by the team to start and continue construction activities even during challenging times, was appreciated by the Minister and Secretary, MOHUA.
  1. Key Result areas:
  1. Projects developed under the Smart Cities Mission are multi-sectoral and mirror the aspirations of the local population. As on date, 70 Smart citieshave developed and operationalised their Integrated Command and Control Centres (ICCCs) in the country. These operational ICCCs functioned as war-rooms for COVID management, and along with other smart infrastructure developed under the mission, helped cities in fighting the pandemic through information dissemination, improving communication, predictive analysis and supporting effective management. These are being developed across all 100 Smart Cities of the country.
  2. Looking at other beach-head projects, 310 Smart Road projects have been completed and 459 Smart road projects are at tender/implementation stage.
  3. Similarly, the Smart solar, Smart Water and Vibrant Public Spaces projects are heading towards progressive paths in the Mission. (Details below)2.
  4. The Handbook on ‘CITIIS and the Sustainable Development Goals,’ is a mapping of CITIIS targets with SDG targets, and discusses the crucial role that local action plays in delivering a large part of the national commitments to the SDGs.

Annexure – I: List of winning Smart Cities under ISAC 2020

Project Award: Theme-wise Winners/ Joint-winners
Social Aspects
  1. Tirupati: Health Benchmark for Municipal Schools
  2. Bhubaneshwar: Socially Smart Bhubaneswar
  3. Tumakuru: Digital Library Solution
  1. Vadodara: GIS
  2. Thane: Digi Thane
  3. Bhubaneswar: ME app
Culture Joint Winners (Indore and Chandigarh)

Indore: Conservation of Heritage
Chandigarh: Capitol Complex, Heritage Project

3.  Gwalior: Digital Museum

Urban Environment Joint Winners (Bhopal and Chennai)

Bhopal: Clean energy
Chennai: Restoration of water bodies

3.  Tirupati – Renewable Energy Generation

Sanitation Joint Winners (Tirupati and Indore)

Tirupati: Bioremediation & Bio-Mining
Indore: Municipal Waste Management System

3.  Surat: Conservation through Treated Wastewater

  1. Indore: Carbon Credit Financing Mechanism

Joint Second (Tirupati and Agra)

  1. Tirupati: Boost Local Identity & Economy through Design Studio
  1. Agra: Micro Skill Development Centre
Built Environment
  1. Indore: Chappan Dukan
  2. Surat: Canal Corridor
  3. Erode: Micro-compost Centre
Water Joint Winners (Dehradun and Varanasi)

Dehradun: Smart Water Metering Water ATM

Varanasi: Eco-Restoration of Assi River

  1. Surat: Integrated and Sustainable Water Supply System
Sustainable Business Model of ICCC Agartala ICCC
Urban Mobility
  1. Aurangabad: Majhi Smart Bus
  2. Surat: Dynamic Scheduling Buses
  3. Ahmedabad: Man-less parking system and automatic ticket dispensing machines AMDA Park
Innovation Award
Innovative Idea Award Indore: Carbon Credit Financing Mechanism
Covid Innovation Award Joint Winners: Kalyan-Dombivali&Varanasi
Covid Innovation Award

(round-wise winners)

Round 1: Chennai
Round 3: Bengaluru
Round 4: Saharanpur
City Award
Overall Winner Joint Winners: Indore & Surat
Round 1

(round-wise recognition)

  1. Jabalpur
Round 2+FT

(round-wise recognition)

  1. Agra
  2. Tirupati
  3. Varanasi
Round 3

(round-wise recognition)

  1. Dehradun
  2. Sagar
  3. Tirunelveli
Round 4

(round-wise recognition)

  1. Erode

Annexure II: List of winners under the State/UT Award category

State Award:
State Award
  1. Uttar Pradesh
  2. Madhya Pradesh
  3. Tamil Nadu
UT Award
UT Award
  1. Chandigarh

Annexure III: List of winners under the Smart Cities Leadership Award

Smart Cities Leadership Award:
  1. Ahmedabad
  2. Varanasi
  3. Ranchi

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