By Accommodation Times News Services
The Ministry of Urban Development has asked states to nominate their cities for Smart Cities by 31st July, with this government commenced the Stage-1 of ‘City Challenge’. As per the Operational Guidelines for Smart Cities Mission, states have to nominate the assigned number of cities and towns from each State based on four broad criteria and a total of 13 Sub-criteria.
The four broad criteria being: Existing Service Levels in city/town (25 marks out of the total of 100 marks), Institutional Systems and capacities (15 marks), Self-financing (30) and Past track record and reforms(30 marks). Every State Government has to evaluate all cities/towns in that state based on these criteria and nominate the top performers as per the number assigned to each State. For instance, Uttar Pradesh is entitled to nominate 13 cities/towns for inclusion in Smart Cities Mission and the State Government has to suggest 13 top scoring cities/towns after evaluation of all urban local bodies in the State as per the stipulated criteria.
As per the weightages given per each criterion in the Mission Guidelines, present status of e-governance and revenue mobilization and financial strength of urban local bodies dominate the Stage-1 evaluation criteria accounting for 60 of the total 100 marks. 8 of the total 13 Sub-criteria are related to e-governance and financial strength including revenue mobilization of urban local bodies.
100 smart city nominations received from all the States and Union Territories will be put through State-2 of the competition based on an elaborate criteria before funds are released to the top 20 cities and towns during the current financial year.