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Creating Cities of Tomorrow - Smart Cities

Creating Cities of Tomorrow in India - Smart City Project



What is Smart City


The first question is what is meant by a ‘smart city’. The answer is, there is no universally accepted definition of a smart city. It means different things to different people. The conceptualisation of Smart City, therefore, varies from city to city and country to country, depending on the level of development, willingness to change and reform, resources and aspirations of the city residents. A smart city would have a different connotation in India than, say, Europe. Even in India, there is no one way of defining a smart city.

Some definitional boundaries are required to guide cities in the Mission. In the imagination of any city dweller in India, the picture of a smart city contains a wish list of infrastructure and services that describes his or her level of aspiration. To provide for  the aspirations and needs of the citizens, urban planners ideally aim at developing the entire urban eco-system, which is represented by the four pillars of comprehensive development-institutional, physical, social and economic infrastructure. This can be a long term goal and cities can work towards developing such comprehensive infrastructure incrementally, adding on layers of ‘smartness’.

In the approach of the Smart Cities Mission, the objective is to promote 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 sustainable and inclusive development and the idea is to look at compact areas, create  a replicable model which will act like a light house to other aspiring cities. The Smart Cities Mission of the Government is a bold, new initiative. It is meant to set examples that can be replicated both within and outside the Smart City, catalysing the creation of similar Smart Cities in various regions and parts of the country.

The core infrastructure elements in a smart city would include:
  • adequate water supply,
  • assured electricity supply,
  • sanitation, including solid waste management,
  • efficient urban mobility and public transport,
  • affordable housing, especially for the poor,
  • robust IT connectivity and digitalization,
  • good governance, especially e-Governance and citizen participation,
  • sustainable environment,
  • safety and security of citizens, particularly women, children and the elderly, and
  • health and education.
As far as Smart Solutions are concerned, an illustrative list is given below. This is not, however, an exhaustive list, and cities are free to add more applications.

Accordingly, the purpose of the Smart Cities Mission is to drive economic growth and improve the quality of life of people by enabling local area development and harnessing technology, especially technology that leads to Smart outcomes. Area- based development will transform existing areas (retrofit and redevelop), including  slums, into better planned ones, thereby improving liveability of the whole City. New areas (greenfield) will be developed around cities in order to accommodate the expanding population in urban areas. Application of Smart Solutions will enable cities to use technology, information and data to improve infrastructure and services. Comprehensive development in this way will improve quality of life, create employment and enhance incomes for all, especially the poor and the disadvantaged, leading to inclusive Cities.

Shorlisted Smart Cities in India

Cities Shortlisted
Name of State/UT
Port Blair
Andaman & Nicobar
Visakhapatnam
Andhra Pradesh
Kakinada
Andhra Pradesh
Tirupati
Andhra Pradesh
Amaravati
Andhra Pradesh
Pasighat
Arunachal Pradesh
Guwahati
Assam
Bhagalpur
Bihar
Patna
Bihar
Muzaffarpur
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chandigarh
Naya Raipur
Chhattisgarh
Bilaspur
Chhattisgarh
Raipur
Chhattisgarh
Panaji
Goa
Surat
Gujarat
Ahmedabad
Gujarat
Vadodara
Gujarat
Rajkot
Gujarat
Gandhinagar
Gujarat
Dahod
Gujarat
Faridabad
Haryana
Karnal
Haryana
Shimla
Himachal Pradesh
Dharamasala
Himachal Pradesh
Srinagar
Jammu and Kashmir
Jammu
Jammu and Kashmir
Ranchi
Jharkhand
Davangere
Karnataka
Belgaum
Karnataka
Mangalore
Karnataka
Tumakuru
Karnataka
Shimoga
Karnataka
Hubli-Dharwad
Karnataka
Bangalore
Karnataka
Kochi
Kerala
Thiruvananthapuram
Kerala
Jabalpur
Madhya Pradesh
Indore
Madhya Pradesh
Bhopal
Madhya Pradesh
Ujjain
Madhya Pradesh
Gwalior
Madhya Pradesh
Sagar
Madhya Pradesh
Satna
Madhya Pradesh
Pune
Maharashtra
Solapur
Maharashtra
Kalyan
Maharashtra
Nagpur
Maharashtra
Thane
Maharashtra
Nashik
Maharashtra
Aurangabad
Maharashtra
Pimpri Chinchwad
Maharashtra
Imphal
Manipur
Aizawl
Mizoram
Kohima
Nagaland
New Delhi
New Delhi
Bhubaneswar
Odisha
Rourkela
Odisha
Puducherry
Pondicherry
Ludhiana
Punjab
Amritsar
Punjab
Jalandhar
Punjab
Jaipur
Rajasthan
Udaipur
Rajasthan
Kota
Rajasthan
Ajmer
Rajasthan
Namchi
Sikkim
Gangtok
Sikkim
Coimbatore
Tamil Nadu
Chennai
Tamil Nadu
Vellore
Tamil Nadu
Madurai
Tamil Nadu
Thanjavur
Tamil Nadu
Salem
Tamil Nadu
Tiruppur
Tamil Nadu
Tirunelveli
Tamil Nadu
Thoothukudi
Tamil Nadu
Tiruchirappalli
Tamil Nadu
Warangal
Telangana
Karimnagar
Telengana
Agartala
Tripura
Lucknow
Uttar Pradesh
Agra
Uttar Pradesh
Kanpur
Uttar Pradesh
Varanasi
Uttar Pradesh
Jhansi
Uttar Pradesh
Allahabad
Uttar Pradesh
Aligarh
Uttar Pradesh
Dehradun
Uttarakhand
New Town Kolkata*
West Bengal



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