The Union ministry of housing and city affairs has ranked Uttar Pradesh as top performer under the Smart Cities mission’s India Smart Cities Awards Contest (ISAC) 2020 followed by Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Among cities, Indore and Surat have been adjudged joint winners. Among Union Territories, Chandigarh was ranked first.
The awards have been introduced on Friday to commemorate 6 years of the three city transformative missions of the Central authorities — Smart Cities Mission (SCM), Atal Mission for Urban Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U), which have been launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25, 2015.
These awards got throughout the themes of social elements, governance, tradition, city atmosphere, sanitation, financial system, constructed atmosphere, water, city mobility. Some new themes have been additionally added this year for Sustainable Business mannequin of Integrated Command and Control Centres, and Innovation award specifically in Covid administration.
“Since 2018, we have felicitated the top-performing cities through the India Smart Cities Award Contest. This year’s best proposals range from the use of Integrated Command and Control Centres in governance or in response to Covid-19, enhancing safety and security of citizens, intelligent traffic management, innovative use of open spaces, enhancement of urban environment, innovations in the improvement of urban mobility, smart water management, waste-to-energy generation and many others,” Union housing affairs minister Hardeep Puri mentioned.
There are a complete of 5 award classes in ISAC 2020. Winners for 3 of those 5 classes have been determined by a two-stage submission course of. Stage-I concerned an general evaluation of the town’s efficiency. Stage-I submissions have been evaluated by a Technical Support Team and 71 Smart Cities certified for Stage-II.
“Indore has been a forerunner among the Smart Cities in the past year…It is implementing projects worth ₹5,099.6 crore under the Smart Cities Mission of which ₹4,711.6 crore is dedicated to the projects within the ABD [area based development]. Improvement of city identity through revival of old heritage structures, development of public and commercial places, and waste management within the ABD area is an approach well received by the people of Indore. The Smart City has made visible gains in a timebound manner – exhibiting strong local support for the smart city projects undertaken,” the ministry mentioned.
At current, 69 Smart cities have developed and operationalised their ICCCs within the nation. These perform as war-rooms for Covid administration, and together with different good infrastructure developed under the mission, have helped cities in preventing the pandemic by data dissemination, enhancing communication, predictive evaluation and supporting efficient administration. These are being developed throughout all 100 Smart Cities of the nation, the ministry mentioned.
HT on April 7, 2020 reported the federal government’s plans of utilizing ICCCs designed for National Smart Cities Mission, an city renewal and retrofitting programme, for real-time surveillance and monitoring of Covid-19-affected districts throughout the nation.