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Selection of Smart Cities to be Competition Based
Feb 06, 2015

Cities will have to prove their worth to be the part of the Government’s much ambitious schemes like 100 Smart Cities and Heritage City projects. For it City Challenge campaign will be launched for selecting cities and towns for participation in Smart City and 500 Cities initiatives soon.

The concerned ministry made it clear that the business as usual approach will not help anymore and there has to be a radical reorientation of mindsets on the part of all those concerned with management of urban affairs.

Key Points

  • All cities and towns seeking to participate in these schemes will be profiled based on specific parameters that have a bearing on their ability to address issues of governance reforms, resource mobilisation, execution etc.

  • While addressing the issue of geographical spread, only the deserving will be assisted.

  • The urban civic bodies will have to perform and become credit worthy.

  • The emerging opportunities could be made use of effectively if only necessary initiatives were taken in right earnest

  • They will have to bring in radical changes in functioning to be creditworthy for selection in the urban renewal project.

  • There is a requirement of huge resources such as Rs. 40 lakh crore investments for provision of infrastructure in urban areas besides another Rs. 20 lakh crore for operation and maintenance of urban assets and utilities over a 20-year period.

  • The desired resource mobilisation through lending and other means will depend on creditworthiness of urban local bodies.

  • The States/UTs and urban local bodies will have to be pro-active in the implementation of new initiatives.

10-point Charter to be Ensured for Each City

  1. City Master Plans wherever due and City Sanitation Plans.

  2. Long Term Urban Development Plans for district headquarters focusing on an area of 25 km radius.

  3. Long Term City Mobility Plans.

  4. City specific strategies for promotion of renewable energy sources like solar and wind power, waste to energy etc.

  5. Regulatory bodies for pricing of utilities like water and power and assessment and revision of taxes from time to time to enhance resource base.

  6. Taking necessary initiatives for assessing credit worthiness of each city to mobilise resources from appropriate sources.

  7. Promotion of water harvesting and water recycling on a large scale through necessary provisions by revising Building Bye-laws in line with emerging needs of cities and aspirations of people.

  8. Promoting citizens in urban planning, decision making and management.

  9. Capacity building in key disciplines. 

  10. Improving urban governance through adoption of ICT platforms to ensure accountability and transparency besides online delivery of various services.

 


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