“Smart Cities, Smart Urbanization” conference begins in Surat

Mr Hardeep Puri awarding winners of the Smart Cities Awards Contest 2020

The 3-day “Smart Cities, Smart Urbanization” conference had a grand opening in Surat on Tuesday. The event is being organised by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Government of India with Surat Smart City Corporation Development Ltd., as part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.

An awards distribution ceremony was organised, wherein winners of the India Smart Cities Awards Contest (ISAC) 2020 were felicitated. These awards were earlier announced through virtual conference in 2021. However, the award distribution ceremony was deferred due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation at that time.  Surat and Indore were given the Best city award, while Uttar Pradesh was awarded the Best State. In the ‘Sanitation’ category, Tirupati won the award for bioremediation and bio-mining while Indore was a winner for its overall Municipal Waste Management System.

The event also featured release of Urban Outcomes Framework 2022 including, ‘Ease of Living’, ‘Municipal Performance Index’, ‘Data Maturity and ClimateSmart Cities Assessment Framework. Ministry’s integrated data portal AMPLIFI, which will provide valuable data about Indian cities, was also launched. Further, Smart Cities Mission also launched a comprehensive dashboard with Outcome Output Management Framework (OOMF) dashboard in GMIS during the event.

“Work has started in almost all Government funded projects in Smart City Mission, and projects under SCM will complete by next year. 80 of the Smart Cities have Integrated Command and Control Centres, and remaining 20 will be operational by 15th August this year.  Smart Cities were selected by stakeholder consultations, and the projects being executed under the Mission are fastest among the Government schemes, despite Covid related disruptions,” said Mr Puri. 

Disclaimer: This article is taken from a press release issued by the Press Information Bureau of India.

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