The Smart city Mission in India was launched in June 2015. Three and half years hence is a good time to consider a midterm status report. A recent article on the current status of smart city projects in India (https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/economy/33-of-5151-smart-city-projects-completed-report-3297981.html) mentioned that only 33 percent of the total 5,151 Smart City Mission projects have been completed or are currently under implementation, utilising around 25 percent of the envisaged investment. According to data presented by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to the Lok Sabha referred to in the article around 2,342 projects worth Rs 90,929 crore have been tendered, of which, 1,675 projects worth Rs 51,866 crore are currently being implemented or have been completed. Hence, 3,476 projects have either only been tendered or have not gone through the tendering process. According to the timelines laid out for Smart city projects, it takes around 12-18 months to set up a special purpose vehicle (SPV), procure project management consultants (PMC), hire people for implementation of projects, call tenders and issue work orders. For instance, even in advanced states Karnataka which has an allocated fund of Rs 886 crore from the Centre for implementing the Smart Cities Mission the state has so far spent a mere Rs 86.02 crore which is just 9.70% of total release. Seven cities- Belagavi, Davangere, Hubballi-Dharwad, Shivamogga Tumakuru,Mangaluru, and Bengaluru are selected for development under the Smart Cities Mission.
An article (https://www.deccanherald.com/state/state-far-behind-using-funds-709889.htm) mentions that out of these 7 cities, Davangere and Belagavi, were the first two cities selected for development of smart cities in January 2016. Since then these two cities have been able to utilise only Rs 14.41 crore and Rs 23.63 crore respectively.
Lucknow’s SCP is based on the following vision: ‘Lucknow Smart City aspires to leverage its culture and heritage by investing in inclusive and transformative solutions that enhance the quality of life for its citizens’ (Source: Executive Summary Smart City Proposal official website 17th September 2016).
The skyline of Lucknow is gradually transforming from low rise bungalows and individual houses, popularly known as “kothis” towards verticalisation. These visible spatial transformations are particularly witnessed in the form of high rise buildings and gated communities mushrooming in the peripheries of the gradually expanding city limits.
Economic forces have triggered horizontal expansion of the city connecting it with its hitherto rural belt. Some erstwhile agricultural land was acquired in the process and the urban sprawl is dotted with upcoming residential complexes, posh educational institutions and hospitals, golf courses and new cultural centres like the Awadh Shilp Gram.
Lucknow’s SCP is based on the following vision: Lucknow Smart City aspires to leverage its culture and heritage by investing in inclusive and transformative solutions that enhance the quality of life for its citizens’ (Source: Executive Summary Smart City Proposal official website accessed on 17th September 2016).
A lot has been written about the vanishing public spaces from big cities of India. Concerns have been raised about the unavailability of pedestrian spaces, encroached footpaths and sidewalks, issues of safety of women and their access to public spaces — all of which gnaw at the very core of urban existence.In this narrative of public space and the city,we conveniently forget many other categories of citizensand forget to talk about their right to access public space including public transport.These include people with disabilities, Read More
This blog maps out the civil society organizations (CSOs) interfacing in urban governance issues in the megacity context of Mumbai. In particular it brings out the variations in rationale, functions, interests and membership profile.
The discussion drives home the point how the involvement of CSOs of various hues, ideologies and motivations have further rendered the city as a theatre of struggles, politics and contesting claims and competing discourses.
A good way to answer this question is to look at the annual Swachh Bharat Mission Rankings. Swachh Bharat (meaning Clean India) Mission is a flagship program of the government of India launched in 2015 that aims to make cities in India cleaner with a set target to make India Open Defecation Free (ODF) by October 2018.
This flagship, ambitious Mission is supported with campaigns, Read More