Government of India has launched Smart City Scheme in the year 2015 with the object of promoting the cities that provide core infrastructure and give a decent quality of life to its citizens, a clean and sustainable environment and an application of “Smart Solutions”. The focus is on sustainable and inclusive development and the idea is to look at compact areas, create a replicable model which will act like a light house to other aspiring cities. Central and State shares are 50:50.
Area Based Development (ABD) and Provisions of Pan City Solutions are the two major components in the above scheme.
Area based Development (ABD) Component consists of Provision for adequate water supply, assured electricity supply, sanitation, including solid waste management, efficient urban mobility and public transport, affordable housing, especially for the poor, Robust IT connectivity and digitalization, Good governance, especially e-Governance and citizen participation, Sustainable environment, Safety and security of citizens, particularly women, children and the elderly and Health and education.
Provisions of Pan-city solutions envisage application of selected Smart Solutions to the existing city-wide infrastructure. Application of Smart Solutions will involve the use of technology, information and data to improve infrastructure and services better.
Based on the “City Challenge Competition”, Chennai, Coimbatore Madurai, Salem, Thanjavur, Vellore, Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli, Tiruppur Tiruchirappalli and Erode Corporations were selected in four rounds in the years 2015-2018.
Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV) has been established in all the Corporations. 561 works at an estimated cost of Rs. 9611.91 crore have been sanctioned for 10 Corporations (excluding Chennai) under this scheme