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‘Smart Cities, Smart Urbanization’ Conference 2022

‘Smart Cities, Smart Urbanization’ Conference 2022

  • GS Paper 2: Governance, Administration and Challenges- Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

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‘Smart Cities, Smart Urbanization’ Conference 2022

  • The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) is organizing the “Smart Cities, Smart Urbanization” event from 18-20 April, 2022 in Surat, Gujarat.

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‘Smart Cities, Smart Urbanization’ Conference 2022

  • Organizing Ministry: ‘Smart Cities, Smart Urbanization’ Conference 2022 is being organised by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) with Surat Smart City Corporation Development Ltd.
  • Part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav: ‘Smart Cities, Smart Urbanization’ Conference 2022 is being organized under the clarion call of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM) to commemorate the 75thanniversary of Independence.
  • Themes: ‘Smart Cities, Smart Urbanization’ Conference 2022 is focused on five sub-themes vis.-
    • Reimagining Public Spaces,
    • Digital Governance,
    • Climate-Smart Cities,
    • Innovation and
    • Smart Finance
  • Significance: ‘Smart Cities, Smart Urbanization’ Conference 2022 will help disseminate the learnings from Smart Cities to other cities and towns of the country.
  • Events: Activities displaying the ‘whole of government’ approach, people’s participation, our rich cultural heritage, innovations and future aspirations commemorating the 75th year of independence will be showcased during the event.
    • The event will be a green event that will encourage all participants to opt for Green Transport and choose Electric vehicles over other options for commuting to the event venue.
    • The ‘Smart Cities, Smart Urbanization’ conference venue will be plastic-free and participants will be encouraged to carry their own bottles to fill up drinking water.
  • Release of Various Index: ‘Smart Cities, Smart Urbanization’ conference saw the release of-
    • Urban Outcomes Framework 2022: Urban Outcomes Framework 2022 includes, ‘Ease of Living’, ‘Municipal Performance Index’, ‘Data Maturity and Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework.
    • Assessment and Monitoring Platform for Liveable, Inclusive and Future-ready urban India (AMPLIFI): Ministry’s integrated data portal AMPLIFI, which will provide valuable data about Indian cities, was also launched.
    • OOMF Dashboard: Smart Cities Mission also launched a comprehensive dashboard with Outcome Output Management Framework (OOMF) dashboard in GMIS during the event.

Smart Cities Mission Extended

 

Smart Cities Mission (SCM)

  • About: Smart Cities Mission (SCM) is a transformational Mission aimed to bring about a paradigm shift in the practice of urban development in the country.
    • Smart Cities Mission (SCM) was launched on 25thJune, 2015 by the Prime Minister of India.
    • Projects developed under the Smart Cities Mission are multi-sectoral and mirror the aspirations of the local population.
  • Project Completion: Of the total proposed projects under SCM-
    • 7,905 projects worth ₹1,93,143 crore (94% by value) have been tendered so far,
    • work orders have been issued for 7,692 projects worth around ₹1,80,508 crore (88% by value).
    • 3,830 projects worth ₹60,919 crore (33% by value) have also been fully completed and are operational (10 April 2022).
  • Fund Allocation and Usage: Of the total investment of ₹2,05,018 crore under the Smart Cities Mission, projects worth ₹93,552 crore was proposed to be developed by Center and State funds.
    • As on date, almost 100% of these projects worth ₹92,300 crore have been worked ordered.
    • From 2018 when the total expenditure on the mission was ₹1,000 crore, it has increased to ₹45,000 crore.
    • The utilization percentage of the total GoI funds released to cities is at 91%.
  • Integrated Command and Control Centres (ICCCs): As on date, 80 Smart cities have developed and operationalised their Integrated Command and Control Centres (ICCCs) in the country.
    • These operational ICCCs functioned as war-rooms for COVID management.
    • Along with other smart infrastructure developed under the mission, ICCCs helped cities in fighting the pandemic through information dissemination, improving communication, predictive analysis and supporting effective management.

Smart cities and Academia towards Action and Research (SAAR)

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