Smart Cities In India: How To Make PM Modi’s Pet Project Successful

In the recent meeting of PM Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed the "excellent cooperation programme" in three smart cities which are Chandigarh, Nagpur and Puducherry.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project Smart Cities Mission aims to extensively modify the basic infrastructure of the existing Indian cities through guaranteed water/power supply, IT connectivity, better public transport, sanitation/waste management and well-organised urban mobility – which is expected to change the way cities operate in present times. Under PM Modi’s project, 100 cities (at present 99) will undergo a total citizen-friendly revamp. The Smart Cities Mission has been launched in the year of 2015 with total funding of Rs 98,000 crore. In the recent meeting of PM Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed the “excellent cooperation programme” in three smart cities which are Chandigarh, Nagpur and Puducherry. Both the leaders signed the loan agreement between French development bank AFD and Union government of 100 million euros (around Rs 800 crore) in support of the Smart Cities Mission.

PM Modi and Macron also expressed satisfaction of the excellent Indo-French cooperation on sustainable cities and smart cities. This also marked various cases of innovation sharing and fruitful collaborations between French and Indian stakeholders. The Rs 800 crore financial aid from France’s AFD will help in the success story of Smart Cities Mission. AFD has been operating in India since 2008. The first 20 cities were identified under Smart Cities Mission in January 2016. In May 2016, 13 more cities were identified. In September 2016 and June 2017, 27 and 30 more cities were included in the third and fourth rounds respectively. In January 2018, 9 cities were selected in the fifth round which makes 99 in total.

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