Smart Cities Mission (SCM) in Odisha

Housing and Urban Affairs

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF HOUSING AND URBAN AFFAIRS RAJYA SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 416 TO BE ANSWERED ON FEBRUARY 05, 2020 SMART CITIES MISSION (SCM) IN ODISHA NO. 416. DR. AMAR PATNAIK: Will the Minister of HOUSING AND URBAN AFFAIRS be pleased to state: (a) the details of the funds released to Bhubaneswar and Rourkela under the Smart Cities Mission (SCM) during the year 2019; (b) the details of field visits and regional workshops conducted in relation to the SCM projects located in Odisha; and (c) whether Government has introduced any incentive mechanisms to improve the performance of cities under the Smart Cities Mission (SCM)? ANSWER THE MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) OF THE MINISTRY OF HOUSING AND URBAN AFFAIRS (SHRI HARDEEP SINGH PURI) (a) The Smart Cities of Bhubaneswar & Rourkela have been released Rs. 301.93 crore and Rs. 196 crore respectively by the Central Government under Smart Cities Mission (SCM). (b) Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) uses several mechanisms to ensure effective implementation of Smart Cities projects, the details of which are as follows:- i) Field visits – Officers of MoHUA have made field visits to States/Smart Cities to review onground progress and assess implementation to review on-ground implementation, discuss issues related to execution and deliberate measures to fast track progress. ....2/- -2- ii) City Reviews through Video Conferencing –In the last two years, more than 65 video conference based meetings were conducted by SCM to understand concerns of the cities, provide solutions and fast track implementation of the Mission. iii) Smart Cities Events - Three Apex Conferences of Smart Cities CEOs have been held in Bhopal, New Delhi and Vizag in May, 2018, February, 2019 and January, 2020 respectively. ‘Transforming Urban Landscape’, a Workshop to catalyse effective implementation was organized in Lucknow on 28-29 July 2018. Zonal workshops named ‘Implementathon’ have been organized in 6 Smart Cities including Chennai, New Delhi, Shillong, Ranchi, Gandhinagar and Panaji. In 2019, `Implementathon` was held in Panaji on 8th November 2019, to address the cities which need to improve performance and 19 cities participated. The `Implementathons’ ensured that progress of the Mission picked up significantly during the period September, 2018 – December, 2019 with tendering of projects increasing by 136%, issue of work-order increasing by 176% and work completion increasing by 211%. (c) For incentivizing Cities for better performance, Smart Cities Awards are distributed during Smart Cities Annual Conferences. During the recently held 3rd Apex Conference of Smart Cities at Vizag during 24-25 January, 2020, Smart Cities Awards were distributed on the following themes :- i) Project Award : for 7 Urban Themes of Governance, Built Environment, Social Aspects, Urban Environment, Water & Sanitation, Culture & Economy and Mobility & Transport. ii) Innovative Idea Award iii) City Award iv) Round-wise Best Performers