Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the launch of the 100 smart cities mission on 25th June 2015 said that the people-centric schemes are the need of the hour. The decision to make cities smart will be taken not by Governments but by the people of the city, the local administration.
He also launched ‘Housing for All by 2022’ and ‘Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation’ (AMRUT) schemes.
The Centre has committed itself to spend about ₹4 lakh crore on the three missions over the next five-six years.
Under housing for all, the Government proposes to build 2 crore houses for urban poor including Economically Weaker Sections and Low Income Groups in urban areas by 2022.
AMRUT, which covers 500 cities, will focus on basic infrastructure like tap water and sewer connections to every urban household, solid waste management, provision of roads and public transport.
Each selected smart city will be provided Central assistance of ₹100 crore annually.
Under AMRUT, allocation of funds will be according to the urban population and number of cities/towns in each State/UT.
Under housing for all, it will be based on the number of urban poor and slum dwellers.
Each State will shortlist a certain number of smart city aspirants and they will prepare proposals for further evaluation for extending Central support. This will be followed by a city challenge.
The project intends to promote adoption of smart solutions to enhance the quality of urban life and provide a clean and sustainable environment.