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Smart cities need smart urban governance

The Ministry of Urban Development launched the Smart Cities Mission on 25 June 2015 with the aim of promoting cities that provide core infrastructure, give a quality of life to citizens and offer a clean and sustainable environment through the application of ‘smart’ solutions. The mission is an ambitious flagship scheme of the Indian Government with US$7.5 billion earmarked for investment across 100 cities over a period of five years. A city challenge was floated wherein cities were asked to submit their smart city proposals to receive funding under the mission. Based on their proposals, the top 20 scoring cities would be selected for Round 1 implementation and the next 80 in Round 2 and Round 3 subsequently.

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