India Smart City Awards 2020 : Indore, Surat Joint Winners of Smart Cities 2020

Centre Announced the full list of Smart Cities Awards 2020 Winners on 25th June

India Smart City Awards 2020 : Indore, Surat Joint Winners of Smart Cities 2020

The Central Government of India has announced the full list of Smart City awards 2020 winners under the ‘Smart Cities Mission’ on Friday, June 25. The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry evaluated smart cities to give the Smart City awards across a gamut of themes like Social Aspects, Governance, Culture, Urban Environment, Sanitation, Economy, Built Environment, Water, Urban Mobility.

The awards were announced to commemorate six years of the Smart City Mission on Friday, 25th June. For the year of the pandemic, additional parameters of sustainable business model of Integrated Command and Control Centres and innovation in Covid-19 management were also counted for the Smart City Awards 2020.

Specially 100 Smart Cities Mission was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25 June 2015. A total of ₹98,000 crore (US$14 billion) was approved by the Indian Cabinet for the development of 100 smart cities and the rejuvenation of 500 others.

Smart Cities Awards 2020 

Under the Smart City awards 2020 in which Indore (Madhya Pradesh) and Surat (Gujarat) won the award jointly for their overall development. Whereas Uttar Pradesh emerged on the top among all states, followed by Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu under the Smart City Awards, 2020.

At present under Smart Cities Mission, 5,924 projects worth ₹1,78,500 crore have been tendered so far and 2,665 projects worth ₹45,080 crore have been fully completed, data by the ministry shows.

Smart Cities Awards 2020 Winners 

List of Winning Smart City Awards 2020 under the different categories:

1. Social Aspects :

• Tirupati : Health Benchmark for Municipal Schools

• Bhubaneshwar : Socially Smart Bhubaneswar

• Tumakuru : Digital Library Solution

2. Governance :

• Vadodara : GIS

• Thane : Digi Thane

• Bhubaneswar : ME app

3. Culture :

• Indore : Conservation of Heritage

• Chandigarh : Capitol Complex, Heritage Project

• Gwalior : Digital Museum

4. Urban Environment :

• Bhopal : Clean energy

• Chennai : Restoration of water bodies

• Tirupati : Renewable Energy Generation

5. Sanitation :

• Tirupati : Bioremediation & Bio-Mining

• Indore : Municipal Waste Management System

• Surat : Conservation through Treated Wastewater

6. Economy :

• Indore : Carbon Credit Financing Mechanism

• Tirupati : Boost Local Identity & Economy through Design Studio

• Agra : Micro Skill Development Centre

7. Built Environment :

• Indore : Chappan Dukan

• Surat : Canal Corridor

8. Water :

• Dehradun : Smart Water Metering Water ATM

• Varanasi : Eco-Restoration of Assi River

• Surat : Integrated and Sustainable Water Supply System

9. Urban Mobility : 

• Aurangabad : Majhi Smart Buses

• Surat : Dynamic Scheduling Buses

• Ahmedabad : Man-less parking system and automatic ticket dispensing machines AMDA Park

10. Innovative Idea Award : 

• Indore : Carbon Credit Financing Mechanism

• Chandigarh : For Union Territories

11. Covid Innovation Award : 

• Kalyan-Dombivali and Varanasi

12. Other Awards in Different Categories :

• Surat, Indore, Ahmedabad, Pune, Vijayawada, Rajkot, Visakhapatnam, Pimpri-Chinchwad, and Vadodara were awarded 4-star rating under Climate-Smart Cities Assessment Framework.

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

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) :

1. What is the concept of smart city in India?

Ans : The Smart Cities Mission is an innovative and new initiative by the Government of India to drive economic growth and improve the quality of life of people by enabling local development and harnessing technology as a means to create smart outcomes for citizens.

2. What are the four pillars of smart city?

Ans : Smart city is envisaged to have four pillars, its Social Infrastructure, Physical Infrastructure, Institutional Infrastructure (including Governance) and Economic Infrastructure. The centre of attention for each of these pillars is the citizen.

3. What are the features of Smart City?

Ans : The core infrastructure elements in a Smart City would include - 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 etc.

4. What is the scope of smart cities in India?

Ans : In future, Smart City technologies are likely to expand in scope and revolutionize areas such as healthcare, education and policing, while also supporting the growth and development of engaged residents capable of understanding and utilising digital solutions and services (“Smart Citizens”).

5. How many smart cities are important in India?

Ans : "100 Smart Cities Mission" was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25 June 2015. A total of ₹98,000 crore (US$14 billion) was approved by the Indian Cabinet for the development of 100 smart cities and the rejuvenation of 500 others.

6. Is Delhi a smart city?

Ans : New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has been selected as one of the first twenty cities under Smart Cities Mission of the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India (MoUD).

7. What is a smart city example?

Ans : Smart streetlights, lighting that adapts to the activity on the street. Parking sensors providing real time information on an app where to find vacant parking spaces. Garbage sensors and automated waste collection. 

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