Smart City Contest – Govt Launched Rs 50-lakh Prize Money
Smart City Contest – The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has come up with a Smart Cities Awards Contest, 2017 under which a prize money of more than Rs. Rs 50 lakh for the promotion of the competition among Smart Cities and measuring the quality and impact of projects undertaken under the flagship program.
Smart City Contest
According to the Officials of the Senior Ministry, the main motto of the contest was to recognize and reward the cities, projects and innovative ideas that promote the goals of the mission.
An official said that the evaluation criteria will include impact, innovation and scalability/replicability in other areas of the city.
Under this contest, all projects which have been completed by April 1, 2018, will be eligible for participation.
The awards will be presented on June 25 next year, marking the third anniversary of the launch of the mission.
A ministry spokesman informed that excellence will be recognized and awarded in areas such as improving governance, quality of the built environment, social infrastructure, culture and economy, environment, transportation, mobility and water and sanitation.
In this contest, the best performers in each of these categories will be awarded Rs 5 lakh each and a scroll. Proposals in prescribed form will have to be sent by April 25 next year.
The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the ambitious plan for the development of 100 Smart Cities in June 2015.
Of these 100, 90 have been selected through an inter-city competition so far. The remaining 10 are likely to be chosen by early next year.
The main motto of the ambitious project ‘Smart Cities program’ is to upgrade urban infrastructure in cities, the majority of which fare poorly on various socio-economic indicators.
The cities selected for the mission will be consist of uninterrupted power and water supplies, smart public transport, internet connectivity, e-governance along with quality infrastructure.