Under the government’s Smart Cities Mission, a total of 22 cities will be ready by next month. With the completion of all projects, the citizens of these cities will have access to a higher quality of life as well as a clean and sustainable environment in which to live. The projects in these 22 cities are currently in advanced stages.
As of March 6, 2023, 5,399 out of 7,799 projects worth Rs 1,02,803 crore had been completed, with work on 2,400 projects worth Rs 77,537 crore still ongoing.
Ahmedabad, Surat, Bhopal, Indore, Agra, Varanasi, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Coimbatore, Erode, Ranchi, Salem, Udaipur, Visakhapatnam, Kakinada, Pune, Vellore, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Madurai, Amaravati, Tiruchirappalli, and Thanjavur are among the 22 cities where all Smart Cities Mission projects will be completed.
From January 2016 to June 2018, the government selected 100 cities across the country for transformation through four rounds of competition. The Smart Cities Mission is a flagship project of the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It went live on June 25, 2015. With 22 projects completed, the remaining work in 78 cities is expected to be completed by August 2023.
As of now, the government has no plans to expand the Smart Cities Mission to include more cities.
The Smart Cities Mission’s main goal is to promote cities that provide core infrastructure and a decent quality of life for their citizens. The mission’s core infrastructure elements include a sufficient supply of water, electricity, sanitation, solid waste management, urban mobility and public transportation, housing, particularly for the poor, IT connectivity, good governance, a sustainable environment, citizen safety and security, health, and education.