MoHUA Devises 20:20 Strategy for Smart Cities

Laggard Smart Cities

Taking the Smart City Mission forward, the Centre has devised a unique 20:20 model to pair the top 20 cities with the bottom 20 and help the laggard cities to kick-start the smartening up process by borrowing technical know-how and financial studies. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, MoHUA,  has come up with a 100-day challenge for the laggard smart cities to up their game by the 5th anniversary of Smart City Mission on 25 June 2020. The move is aimed at improving the rank of cities whose performance is not up to the mark despite having the availability of sufficient funds for the execution of various projects.

The 100 smart cities have identified 5,151 projects worth Rs 2,05,018 crore to be undertaken under the Smart City Mission. According to reports, around 80% of these projects have been tendered and 60% of these projects have been grounded or completed. According to MoHUA, which is mandated to implement the Smart Cities Mission, the value of tendered smart city projects is so far over Rs 1,62,000 crore. The value of work orders issued so far is around Rs 1,20,000 crore and the value of all completed projects is more than Rs 25,000 crore.

The 20:20 Strategy
•    A 100-day challenge has been introduced to improve the rankings of bottom 20 cities
•    Top 20 cities will help the bottom 20 by sharing technology and knowledge expertise
•    The government is also planning to add five new cities under the Smart City Mission

While the pace of implementation of projects is outstanding in some of the smart cities, progress of projects is below average in a few cities. The bottom 20 cities have tendered barely 10% of the identified projects. To address this glaring difference in pace, MoHUA has decided to introduce a 100-day challenge wherein the top 20 smart cities would turn around the bottom 20 cities. To map the progress of the Smart Cities Mission over the last five years, the government is also going to publish a report card for the 100 selected smart cities in June 2020. These 100 cities would be ranked on three parameters - ease of living, municipal performance index and climate.

The sister cities, as the two are being referred as, will sign a formal memorandum of understanding that will be valid for one year and aim at improving the ranking of the sister city. The cities would troubleshoot together and try and kick-start projects in laggard cities. The sister cities would provide access to technical and financial studies, including detailed project reports, feasibility studies and impact assessments. Top-ranking Ahmedabad has been paired with Chandigarh, which is ranked 81. Nagpur, which ranks 2, will hand hold Port Blair which is 96th in the all-India ranking. Similarly, other sister cities are Tirupur (rank 3) with Silvassa (87), Ranchi (rank 4) with Shimla (92), Bhopal (rank 5) with Aizwal (rank 82), Surat (rank 6) with Saharanpur (91).
 

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