Prime Minister launches Smart Cities Mission, AMRUT and Housing for All

On 25th June 2015, the Prime Minister launched the Smart Cities Mission along with two other programmes (AMRUT and Housing for all) aimed at transforming urbanization in India. The programmes were launched at Vigyan Bhawan and with the aims of i) addressing elementary problems that have become vexing challenges for our cities ii) improving the quality of public services in our cities and iii) improving the economic competitiveness of our cities and iv) strengthening municipal bodies and v) involving citizens in the process of transforming cities.

The objective of the Smart Cities mission in particular is to promote cities that provide core infrastructure and give a decent quality of life to its citizens, a clean and sustainability environment and application of ‘Smart’ solutions. The focus is on sustainable and inclusive development and the idea is to look at compact areas and create a model that can be replicated and inspires other cities. The Smart Cities Mission is meant to create examples that can be replicated both within and outside a city, catalysing the creation of similar Smart Cities in various regions and parts of the country.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi unveiling the Logo of Smart Cities Mission, at the launch of the Smart Cities Mission, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and Housing for All Mission, in New Delhi on June 25, 2015.
The Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, the Chief Minister of Haryana, Shri Manohar Lal Khattar, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis, the Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Shri Nirmal Kumar Singh, the Minister of State for Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Shri Babul Supriyo and the Cabinet Secretary, Shri Pradeep Kumar Sinha are also seen.

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. The Mission will cover 100 cities and its duration will be five years (FY 2015-16 to FY 2019-20). The Mission may be continued thereafter after an evaluation by the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) after incorporating the learning from the Mission.

The strategic components of Area-based development in the Smart Cities Mission are improvement (retrofitting), city renewal (redevelopment) and city extension (greenfield development) along with a pan-city initiative in which Smart Solutions are applied to larger parts of the city.

The Smart City proposal of each shortlisted city is expected to encapsulate either a retrofitting or redevelopment or greenfield development model, or a mix thereof and a Pan-city feature. The Government is not prescribing any particular model to be adopted by cities. The approach is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’; each city has to formulate its own concept, vision, mission and plan (proposal) that is appropriate to its local context, resources and levels of ambition.

Click here for the PM’s remarks on the launch of AMRUT, Smart Cities Mission and Housing for All (Urban).