India to select 100 ‘smart cities’ via competitive challenge
India will conduct a competition to select candidates for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of 100 smart cities. The Business Standard reports that the national government in Delhi approved the “City Challenge” last week. It will be held later this year.
State governments will submit proposals to be graded on criteria such as revenue generation, creditworthiness and development partnerships, the article says. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, now the UN’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, is expected to assist with the selection process.
Modi’s government appears open to both new urban projects and upgrades to existing urban areas. The emphasis on “smart” cities comes as major metros throughout India grapple with congestion, overburdened infrastructure and informal settlements. The Indian Express notes here that the focus will be on proposals that provide “core infrastructure services” such as clean water, sanitation, affordable housing and public transit.