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Commencement of the Liveability Index Programme in 116 cities announced

Commencement of the Liveability Index Programme in 116 cities announced

Government announced the commencement of the Liveability Index Programme in 116 cities.

Silvassa from Dadar & Nagar Haveli has topped the list of winning cities in this round of competition. Other winning cities are –

  • Erode, Tamil Nadu
  • Diu, Daman & Diu
  • Biharsharif, Bihar
  • Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh
  • Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh
  • Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh
  • Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh and
  • Kavaratti, Lakshwadeep

The winning cities have improved the quality of their Smart City Proposals by 19% (average) to become eligible for selection. Each city has developed a unique vision and has selected an area (ABD) which will be developed as a lighthouse, to be replicated by the city. The 9 cities selected have proposed an investment of Rs 12,824 crores.

These 9 Cities have approximately 409 projects. With current announcement 99 cities Smart Cities have been selected. Previously, 20 cities were selected in January 2016, 13 cities in May 2016, 27 cities in September 2016 and 30 cities in June 2017.

Smart City Mission:

With the selection of these nine cities, the total proposed investment in the 99 Smart City Mission would Rs 2,03,979 crores. Smart City Mission is setting a new benchmark in terms of project implementation. In duration of 2 years, which is a small period in terms of urban development life-cycle, the mission is picking up momentum. There has been more than 350% increase in the value of 'completed projects' and 230% increase in ‘work started projects’ over the last six months.

Commencement of the Liveabillty Index Programme

  • The Housing & Urban Affairs Minister also announced the commencement of the Liveability Index Programme in 116 cities.
  • To develop a common minimum framework for cities to assess their existing status and chart their pathway towards providing a better quality of life to their citizens, the MoHUA has developed a set of ‘Liveability Standards’ relevant to Indian cities to generate a Liveability Index and rate cities. These standards were launched in June, 2018.
  • The framework has its genesis in the 24 Smart City features contained in the Smart City Proposals and includes 79 indicators. These indicators are organised in 15 distinct ‘Categories’, designed for measuring various institutional, social, economic and physical aspects that affect the quality of life of citizens and determine the ‘Liveability’ of a city.

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