As per the directions of the Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu, 10 critical issues will be discussed with the states for a clear standing of the issues, challenges and the road ahead. These include:
1.Competition based selection of cities for inclusion under smart cities programme;
2.Support and hand-holding the cities need to participate in the Smart City Challenge;
3.Policy issues in respect of area based strategy for development through retrofitting, redevelopment and green field smart city development;
4.Innovative financial tools for funding smart city development and making urban local bodies self-reliant;
5.Credit rating of cities and kick-starting issue of municipal bonds;
6.Promoting citizen participation in identifying project priorities, decision making and implementation;
7.Review of progress achieved under JNNURM with regard to implementation of reforms;
8.Leveraging primary economic activity of each city to augment employment generation;
9.Integrating Smart City Mission with National Urban Development Mission for 500 Cities; and
10. City sanitation and action taken under Swachh Bharat Mission.
Four Working Groups will take up focused discussion on Conditions Precedent and Selection Criteria for Smart City Challenge Competition, Reforms Agenda, Innovative Funding and Pan-City Development and Exemplary Developments.
During the inaugural session on January 30, 2015, a Postal Stamp on Swachh Bharat will be released. Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu, Minister of Communications & IT Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad and Minister of Drinking Water & Sanitation Shri Chaudhary Birendra Singh will attend the inaugural session.
January 29, 2015