The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) organised an online event on 25 June 2021 to commemorate 6 years of the three transformative Urban Missions.
These three urban missions include 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 25 June 2015.
Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Urban (PMAY):
» In line with the vision of Prime Minister- ‘Housing for All’ by 2022, Under the PMAY-U 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.
» The houses sanctioned so far under the Mission involve an investment of ₹7.35 lakh crore with Central Assistance of ₹1.81 lakh crore.
» Under PMAY-U’s Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS), for the first time, interest subsidy on home loans has been given to Middle-Income Group having annual income of upto ₹18 Lakh. Nearly 16 lakh beneficiaries belonging to Economically Weaker Sections, Lower Income Group (LIG) and MIG have so far been brought under the fold of CLSS.
» Government investment under PMAY-U created around 689 crore person days of employment translating into around 246 lakh jobs.
» Affordable Rental Housing Complexes scheme under PMAY-U for urban migrants/ poor has elicited remarkable response on ground.
Atal Mission for Rejuvenation & Urban Transformation (AMRUT):
AMRUT is the first focused national water Mission. It was launched on 25 June 2015 in 500 cities covering 60% of the urban population. All cities having population above 1 lakh are covered under Mission.
The major focus of the Mission is to provide piped water supply and sewerage & septage management in the Mission cities.
» So far, 105 lakh household water tap connections and 78 lakh sewer/ sepatage connections provided under AMRUT Mission.
» Under energy audit, 88 lakh streetlights replaced with energy efficient LED lights leading to energy savings of 193 crore units. Energy audit of water pumps have been completed in 396 cities in 27 States/UTs.
» As per The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), 84.6 lakh tons carbon footprint reduced through various initiatives under AMRUT.
Smart Cities Mission:
SCM is a transformational Mission aimed to bring about a paradigm shift in the practice of urban development in the country.
» As on date, 70 cities have developed and operationalised Integrated Command and Control Centres (ICCCs) in the country under Smart Cities Mission. These are being developed across all 100 Smart Cities of the country.
» 310 Smart Road projects have been completed and 459 Smart road projects are at tender/implementation stage.
» Similarly, 57 Smart Solar Projects, 101 Smart Water Projects and 72 Vibrant Public Spaces projects were completed.
During the 6th Anniversary event, MoHUA announced various Results and Reports:
i) India Smart Cities Awards 2020:
India Smart City awards for 2020 were declared. These awards were given across the themes of Social Aspects, Governance, Culture, Urban Environment, Sanitation, Economy, Built Environment, Water, and Urban Mobility. This year, some themes were also added for Sustainable Business model of ICCC and Innovation award specially in COVID Management.
This year, Indore & Surat won the City Award jointly for their overall development and Uttar Pradesh won the State award.
ii) Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework 2.0:
The Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework (CSCAF) 2.0 was launched in September, 2020. It was launched with an aim to provide an overarching roadmap to formulate, implement and monitor urban climate actions in India.
CSCAF is intended as a tool for cities to evaluate their current performance. The framework has 28 diverse indicators covering 96 data points across five thematic areas.
126 cities, including 100 Smart Cities and 26 cities with population over 500,000, participated in the 2020 assessment cycle.
The top 9 performing cities that have been awarded 4 star rating are:
Surat, Indore, Ahmedabad, Pune, Vijayawada, Rajkot, Visakhapatnam, Pimpri-Chinchwad and Vadodara
iii) Data Maturity Assessment Framework 2.0:
Every year, the Smart Cities are being ranked on the Data Maturity Assessment Framework. The 2nd cycle of Data Maturity Assessment Framework was launched in November 2020. All 100 Smart Cities actively participated in this exercise.
A total of 42 cities have attained a certification level:
- Top 4 cities – Surat, Pimpri Chinchwad, Bhopal and Pune – have been certified as ‘Connected’
- 8 cities are at ‘Enabled’
- 11 at ‘Explorer’ level
- 19 cities at the ‘Initiator’ level
Rest 58 cities have commenced their data journey and are at a ‘Beginner’ level.
iv) ICT initiatives under Smart Cities:
a) Release of ICCC Maturity Assessment framework (IMAF):
ICCC Maturity Assessment Framework (IMAF) is a self-assessment tool kit developed to assess the maturity of Integrated Command and Control Centres (ICCC).
b) Release of Model RFP for ICCC:
An updated Model RFP for ICT/ICCC was released with intent to help cities expedite ICCC implementation and build awareness on mission guidelines/ advisories, standards & best practices.
c) Release of Smart Cities ICT standards:
7 (Seven) additional standards for ICT and eGovernance under Smart Cities Mission were released.
During the event, India Smart Cities Fellowship Report, ‘TULIP- The Urban Learning Internship Program’ annual report, and knowledge products developed by National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) were also released.