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Smart Cities Mission
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the launch of Smart Cities Mission in Pune, June 2016.
Prime Minister(s)Narendra Modi
MinistryMinistry of Urban Development
Key peopleNarendra Modi
Funding720,000 crore (US$94 billion)[1][2]

National Smart Cities Mission is an urban renewal and retrofitting program by the Government of India with the mission to develop smart cities across the country, making them citizen friendly and sustainable.[3] The Union Ministry of Urban Development is responsible for implementing the mission in collaboration with the state governments of the respective cities. The mission initially included 100 cities, with the deadline for completion of the projects set between 2019 and 2023. The effective combined completion of all projects as of 2019 is at 11%.[4] As of March 2022, 3577 projects out of total 6939 tendered projects have been completed, utilizing ₹60,073 crore out of total tendered amount of ₹191,294 crore.[5]


Smart Cities Mission envisions developing an area within the cities in the country as model areas based on an area development plan, which is expected to have a rub-off effect on other parts of the city,[6] and nearby cities and towns.[7] Cities will be selected based on the Smart Cities challenge, where cities will compete in a countrywide competition to obtain the benefits from this mission. As of January 2018, 99 cities have been selected to be upgraded as part of the Smart Cities Mission after they defeated other cities in the challenge.[8]

It is a five-year program in which, except for West Bengal,[9] all of the Indian states and Union territories are participating by nominating at least one city for the Smart Cities challenge. Financial aid will be given by the central and state governments between 2017–2022 to the cities, and the mission will start showing results from 2022 onwards.

Each city will create a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), headed by a full-time CEO, to implement the Smart Cities Mission.[10] Centre and state government will provide 1,000 crore (US$130 million) funding to the company, as equal contribution of 500 crore (US$66 million) each. The company has to raise additional funds from the financial markets.


"100 Smart Cities Mission" was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25 June 2015.[11] A total of 98,000 crore (US$13 billion) was approved by the Indian Cabinet for the development of 100 smart cities and the rejuvenation of 500 others. 48,000 crore (US$6.3 billion) for the Smart Cities mission and a total funding of 50,000 crore (US$6.6 billion) for the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) have been approved by the Cabinet.[12][13]

In the 2014 Union budget of India, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley allocated 7,016 crore (US$920 million) for the 150 smart cities. However, only 924 crore (US$120 million) of the allocated amount could be spent until February 2015. Hence, the 2015 Union budget of India allocated only 143 crore (US$19 million) for the project.[13]

The first batch of 20 cities was selected. Known as 20 Lighthouse Cities in the first round of the All India City Challenge competition, they will be provided with central assistance of 200 crore (US$26 million) each during this financial year followed by 100 crore (US$13 million) per year during the next three years.[14] The Urban Development Ministry had earlier released 2 crore (US$260,000) each to mission cities for preparation of Smart City Plans.

Smart City Challenge[edit]

The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) program used a competition-based method as a means for selecting cities for funding, based on an area-based development strategy.[15] Cities competed at the state level with other cities within the state. Then the state-level winner competed at the national level Smart City Challenge. Cities obtaining the highest marks in a particular round were chosen to be part of the mission.[citation needed]

The state governments were asked to nominate potential cities based on state-level competition, with overall cities across India limited to 100.[16] In August 2015 the Ministry of Urban Development released the list of 98 nominees sent in by state governments.[17]

All the participating cities from West Bengal (New Town, Kolkata, Bidhannagar, Durgapur, Haldia) have withdrawn from the Smart Cities Mission.[9] Mumbai[18] and Navi Mumbai from Maharashtra have also been withdrawn from the Smart Cities Mission.[19]

List of cities nominated by states for the smart city challenge[edit]

There are 98 nominated by states national level smart cities challenge, based on state level competition.[20][21][22] 100 cities were supposed to be nominated but Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh did not use one slot each.

S. No. Name of State/UT Smart Cities Challenge

Nominations Allocated

Names of Cities proposed by States
1 Andhra Pradesh 4 Amaravati, Visakhapatnam, Kakinada, Tirupati
2 Gujarat 6 Gandhinagar, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Dahod
3 Madhya Pradesh 7 Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Gwalior, Satna, Ujjain, Sagar
4 Tamil Nadu 12 Chennai, Coimbatore, Dindigul, Erode, Madurai, Salem, Thanjavur, Thoothukudi, Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelveli, Tiruppur, Vellore
5 Karnataka 7 Bengaluru, Mangaluru, Belagavi, Shivamogga, Hubbali-Dharwad, Tumakuru, Davanagere
6 Kerala 2 Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi
7 Telangana 2 Warangal, Karimnagar
8 Maharashtra 18

Thane, Kalyan-Dombivali, Nashik, Amravati, Solapur, Nagpur, Pune, Aurangabad

9 Uttar Pradesh 14 Lucknow, Kanpur, Prayagraj, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Raebareli, Jhansi, Aligarh, Saharanpur, Bareilly, Agra, Rampur, Moradabad, Meerut
10 Rajasthan 4 Jaipur, Udaipur, Ajmer, Kota
11 Punjab 3 Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar
12 Bihar 4 Patna, Muzaffarpur, Bhagalpur, Biharsharif
13 Haryana 2 Karnal, Faridabad
14 Assam 1 Guwahati
15 Odisha 2 Bhubaneshwar, Rourkela
16 Himachal Pradesh 1 Dharamshala
17 Uttarakhand 1 Dehradun
18 Jharkhand 1 Ranchi
19 Sikkim 1 Namchi
20 Manipur 1 Imphal
21 Andaman and Nicobar Islands 1 Port Blair
22 Arunachal Pradesh 1 Pasighat
23 Chandigarh 1 Chandigarh
24 Chhattisgarh 3 Raipur, Bilaspur, Naya Raipur
25 Dadra and Nagar Haveli 1 Silvassa
26 Daman and Diu 1 Diu
27 Delhi 1 New Delhi
28 Goa 1 Panaji
29 Lakshadweep 1 Kavaratti
30 Meghalaya 1 Shillong
31 Mizoram 1 Aizawl
32 Nagaland 1 Kohima
33 Puducherry 1 Oulgaret
34 Tripura 1 Agartala
35 Jammu and Kashmir 2 Srinagar
  • Jammu & Kashmir was allocated one city but it could not submit the proposal on-time for the first round of the challenge.
  • All cities from West Bengal have withdrawn from the Smart Cities Mission.[9]
  • Mumbai and Navi Mumbai have withdrawn from the Smart Cities Mission.[18][19]
  • Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu will have the most smart cities under Smart Cities Mission

1st Round winners – Selection of 20 Smart Cities[edit]

Minister of Urban Development) Shri Venkaiah Naidu announced the selected top 20 from among the 98 nominated cities on 28 January 2016. Bhubaneswar topped the list of the top 20, followed by Pune and Jaipur.[24]

Ranking Cities Shortlisted Name of State/UT
1 Bhubaneswar Odisha
2 Pune Maharashtra
3 Jaipur Rajasthan
4 Surat Gujarat
5 Kochi Kerala
6 Ahmedabad Gujarat
7 Jabalpur Madhya Pradesh
8 Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh
9 Solapur Maharashtra
10 Davangere Karnataka
11 Indore Madhya Pradesh
12 New Delhi Delhi
13 Coimbatore Tamil Nadu
14 Kakinada Andhra Pradesh
15 Belagavi Karnataka
16 Udaipur Rajasthan
17 Guwahati Assam
18 Chennai Tamil Nadu
19 Ludhiana Punjab
20 Bhopal Madhya Pradesh

2nd Round winners – Selection of 13 Smart Cities[edit]

S. No. Name of City Name of State/UT
1 Chandigarh  Chandigarh
2 Bhagalpur  Bihar
3 Faridabad  Haryana
4 Lucknow  Uttar Pradesh
5 Raipur  Chhattisgarh 
6 Ranchi Jharkhand 
7 Dharamasala  Himachal Pradesh 
8 Warangal  Telangana
9 Panaji  Goa 
10 Agartala  Tripura 
11 Imphal Manipur 
12 Port Blair  Andaman & Nicobar 
13 New Town Kolkata* West Bengal


* New Town Kolkata has withdrawn from the Smart Cities Mission after the Bengal government decided to withdraw all cities from the competition.[26][9] It has rejected 1,000 crore to be given for development of the city as smart city.[27]

3rd round winners – Selection of 27 Smart Cities[edit]

In this round state capital cities Patna, Thiruvananthapuram, Bengaluru, Itanagar, Gangtok, Shimla, Naya Raipur were allowed to compete in the Smart Cities challenge above and beyond the quota allocated to the state. It has also allowed the governments of Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh to nominate two cities each — Jammu and Srinagar, and Rae Bareli and Meerut respectively — in contravention of the rules. Overall 110 cities will compete for the 100 slots.

The following is the third smart city list:[29]

S. No. Cities Shortlisted Name of State/UT
1 Amritsar Punjab
2 Kalyan Maharashtra
3 Ujjain Madhya Pradesh
4 Tirupati Andhra Pradesh
5 Nagpur Maharashtra
6 Mangalore Karnataka
7 Vellore Tamil Nadu
8 Thane Maharashtra
9 Gwalior Madhya Pradesh
10 Agra Uttar Pradesh
11 Nashik Maharashtra
12 Rourkela Odisha
13 Kanpur Uttar Pradesh
14 Madurai Tamil Nadu
15 Tumakuru Karnataka
16 Kota Rajasthan
17 Thanjavur Tamil Nadu
18 Namchi Sikkim
19 Jalandhar Punjab
20 Shimoga Karnataka
21 Salem Tamil Nadu
22 Ajmer Rajasthan
23 Varanasi Uttar Pradesh
24 Kohima Nagaland
25 Hubli-Dharwad Karnataka
26 Aurangabad Maharashtra
27 Vadodara Gujarat

4th round winners – Selection of 30 Smart Cities[edit]

The following are the cities included in the Smart Cities Mission in 4th round:[30][31]

PCMC, Pune replaced Navi Mumbai as a nomination from Maharashtra for the Smart Cities Mission.

S. No. Name of City Name of State/UT
1 Thiruvananthapuram Kerala
2 Naya Raipur Chhattisgarh
3 Rajkot Gujarat
4 Amaravati/Vijayawada-Guntur Andhra Pradesh
5 Patna Bihar
6 Karimnagar Telangana
7 Muzaffarpur Bihar
8 Puducherry Puducherry
9 Gandhinagar Gujarat
10 Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir
11 Sagar Madhya Pradesh
12 Karnal Haryana
13 Satna Madhya Pradesh
14 Bangalore Karnataka
15 Shimla Himachal Pradesh
16 Dehradun Uttarakhand
17 Jhansi Uttar Pradesh
18 PCMC, Pune Maharashtra
19 Bilaspur Chhattisgarh
20 Pasighat Arunachal Pradesh
21 Jammu Jammu and Kashmir
22 Dahod Gujarat
23 Thoothukudi Tamil Nadu
24 Tiruchirappalli Tamil Nadu
25 Tirunelveli Tamil Nadu
26 Tiruppur Tamil Nadu
27 Aizawl Mizoram
28 Prayagraj Uttar Pradesh
29 Aligarh Uttar Pradesh
30 Gangtok Sikkim

5th round winners – Selection of 10 Smart Cities[edit]

There is now a total of 100 cities which have been added to the Smart Cities Mission. The following are the cities included in the 5th round:[33]

S. No. Name of cities Name of State/UT
1 Erode Tamil Nadu
2 Saharanpur Uttar Pradesh
3 Moradabad Uttar Pradesh
4 Bareilly Uttar Pradesh
5 Itanagar Arunachal Pradesh
6 Silvassa Dadra and Nagar Haveli
7 Diu Daman and Diu
8 Kavaratti Lakshadweep
9 Bihar Sharif Bihar
10 Shillong Meghalaya


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