Indore, Surat joint winners of Smart Cities 2020; UP wins ‘state award’

Indore Surat were on Friday adjudged joint winners of the Union Housing Urban Affairs Ministry’s Smart Cities Award 2020, while Uttar Pradesh secured the first position in the state awards category, tailed by Madhya Pradesh Tamil Nadu.

The awards were given based on a range of themes like social aspects, governance, culture, urban environment, sanitation, economy, built environment, water urban mobility.

In 2019, Surat was the only winner among smart cities.

This is the first time that states have also been awarded for the overall performance of smart cities.

The ministry also announced joint winners under the COVID innovation category — Kalyan-Dombivali Varanasi.

The awards were announced on the occasion of the sixth anniversary of the Smart Cities Mission (SCM), the Atal Mission for Urban Rejuvenation Urban Transformation (AMRUT) the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U).

Chandigarh bagged the award for union territories, while Indore won the “Innovative Idea Award”.

According to the ministry, Ahmedabad bagged the ‘Smart Cities Leadership Award’, followed by Varanasi Ranchi in the second third spots respectively.

The top nine performing cities which have been awarded a 4-star rating are Surat, Indore, Ahmedabad, Pune, Vijayawada, Rajkot, Visakhapatnam, Pimpri-Chinchwad Vadodara.

Of the total proposed projects Under the Smart Cities Mission, 5,924 projects worth Rs 1,78,500 crore have been tendered so far, work orders have been issued for 5,236 projects worth Rs 1,46,125 crore, the ministry said in a statement.

It also said that 2,665 projects worth Rs 45,080 crore have been fully completed are operational (as on 23 June 2021).

The statement said that under PMAY (Urban), about 1.12 crore houses have so far been sanctioned for its beneficiaries, out of which more than 83 lakh houses are grounded more than 50 lakh completed.

Around 105 lakh household tap water connections 78 lakh sewer or septage connections have so far been provided under AMRUT in convergence with other schemes, it added.

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