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Smart City Selection

Each aspiring city competes for selection as a smart city in what is called a ‘City Challenge’. There are two stages in the selection process. After the number has been indicated to the respective Chief Secretaries, the State/UT will undertake the following steps:

Stage 1: Shortlisting of cities by States

The State/UT begins with shortlisting the potential smart cities on the basis of conditions precedent and scoring criteria and in accordance with the total number allocated to it. The cities emerging successful in the first round of competition was sent by the State/UT as the recommended shortlist of smart cities to MoUD by the stipulated date. For Maharashtra, total ten cities Navi Mumbai, Mumbai, Pune, Amravati, Solapur, Nagpur, Kalyan Dombivali, Aurangabad, Nashik and Thane were selected.

Stage 2: The Challenge round for selection

In the second stage of the competition, each of the potential 100 smart cities prepared their proposals for participation in the ‘City Challenge’. Each city formulated its own unique vision, mission, and plan for a “Smart City.” Their concepts reflected the city’s local context, resources, and priorities of citizens. Each city developed a pan-city and area-based proposal. Selected smart cities submitted their Smart City Proposal on 15.12.2015.

Evaluation of the Smart City Proposal

The proposals submitted were evaluated by a Committee involving a panel of national and international experts, organizations and institutions. 20 Cities judged to have the best proposals were to be announced for the first round of challenge. Cities who do not get selected will start work on improving their SCPs for consideration in the second round. The winners of the first round of Challenge were announced by MoUD on 28th January 2016. Pune got selected at 2nd Position in the 20 smart Cities list declared in first round by MoUD.

Different steps in the selection of Smart Cities are given below:

Smart City Selection

Selection Process of Pune City

Citizen Engagement

pune engaged citizens in what is perhaps one of the largest envisioning exercises in the history of Indian cities. a full-fledged 24×7 war room was established to continuously monitor the progress, including on social media. The total numbers of votes, ideas, inputs etc received from Pune citizen’s are above 35 lakhs.

The Pune citizen engagement model was structured in 9 phases, with 5 phases for Pan City development and 4 phases in Area based development. The details are as follows:

  • Pan City Development: Structured five-phase approach for pan-city:
    A) Envision (17–28 September): Create vision, identify top issues;
    B) Diagnose (28 September–12 October): Identify goals within priority sectors;
    C) Co-create (13–23 October): Specific solutions for prioritized goals;
    D) Refine (23–28 October): Refinement with citizens’ inputs in mini-labs; and
    E) Share (15 November–15 December): Final set of solutions shared for inputs.
  • Local Area Development: Structured four-phase approach for local area development (LAD):
    A) Explore (citizen surveys);
    B) Syndicate (through public representatives);
    C) Learn (citizen consultations) and
    D) Design (urban planner interaction).
  • Pune used the “Five-S” principle:
    A) Speed: Tight 100-day process
    B) Scale: Outreach to 50% citizens
    C) Structure: Phased approach
    D) Solutioning: Crowd-sourcing to identify solutions
    E) Social audit: Citizen Syndication

Summary of the Citizen Engagement Effort

Citizen Engagement

Financial Outlay

Financial Outlay

Beyond Smart Cities Mission: $4.5 bn Infrastructure Plan for next 5 years (2016-20)

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