Smart Cities Mission period extended till March 2025

 Smart Cities Mission period extended till March 2025




The Centre has extended the Smart Cities Mission (SCM) under the Union Urban Development Ministry until March 31, 2025.

  • Launched in June 2015, the mission aims to develop 100 cities across India into smart cities through various multi-sectoral projects.


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Smart Cities Mission:

  • It was launched on June 2015.
  • The main objective of the mission was to transform selected cities into model smart cities through comprehensive area development plans, enhancing urban infrastructure and services.
  • 100 cities were selected through a competitive process.
  • More than 8,000 multi-sectoral projects with a total investment of approximately ₹1.6 lakh crore.
  • As of July 3, 2024, 7,188 projects (90% of the total) have been completed.
  • Projects cover various sectors, including urban mobility, water supply, sanitation, energy management, and public safety.


Components of the Smart Cities Mission (SCM):


Area-based Development:

  • Redevelopment:
    • Objective: Renewal of existing urban areas to enhance infrastructure and amenities.
    • Example: Bhendi Bazaar in Mumbai.
  • Retrofitting:
    • Objective: Upgrading infrastructure in existing areas to make them more efficient and sustainable.
    • Example: Local Area Development in Ahmedabad.
  • Greenfield Projects:
    • Objective: Development of new urban areas with a focus on sustainability and smart technologies.
    • Examples: New Town in Kolkata, Naya Raipur, GIFT City.

Pan-City Solutions:

  • Objective: Implementation of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solutions across various sectors.
  • Applications: E-governance, waste management, water management, energy management, urban mobility, and skill development.

Governance Structure:

  • New Model: To enhance effectiveness, a new governance model was adopted.
  • Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV): Created under the Companies Act, 2013, led by a bureaucrat or a representative from a multinational corporation (MNC).


Current Status of the Smart Cities Mission (SCM):

  • Initial Timeline: Initially planned for completion by 2020.
  • Extensions: The mission has been extended twice, with the current deadline set for June 2024.
  • Funding Pattern: Envisioned through the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) route.