Smart City Features

Some typical features of comprehensive development in Smart Cities are described below.

  1. Promoting mixed land use in area-based developments–planning for ‘unplanned areas’ containing a range of compatible activities and land uses close to one another in order to make land use more efficient. The States will enable some flexibility in land use and building bye-laws to adapt to change;
  2. Housing and inclusiveness - expand housing opportunities for all;
  3. Creating walkable localities –reduce congestion, air pollution and resource depletion, boost local economy, promote interactions and ensure security. The road network is created or refurbished not only for vehicles and public transport, but also for pedestrians and cyclists, and necessary administrative services are offered within walking or cycling distance;
  4. Preserving and developing open spaces - parks, playgrounds, and recreational spaces in order to enhance the quality of life of citizens, reduce the urban heat effects in Areas and generally promote eco-balance;
  5. Promoting a variety of transport options - Transit Oriented Development (TOD), public transport and last mile para-transport connectivity;
  6. Making governance citizen-friendly and cost effective - increasingly rely on online services to bring about accountability and transparency, especially using mobiles to reduce cost of services and providing services without having to go to municipal offices. Forming e-groups to listen to people and obtain feedback and use online monitoring of programs and activities with the aid of cyber tour of worksites;
  7. Giving an identity to the city - based on its main economic activity, such as local cuisine, health, education, arts and craft, culture, sports goods, furniture, hosiery, textile, dairy, etc;
  8. Applying Smart Solutions to infrastructure and services in area-based development in order to make them better. For example, making Areas less vulnerable to disasters, using fewer resources, and providing cheaper services.

Smart City Mission Statement and Guidelines

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The purpose of the Smart Cities Mission is to drive economic growth and improve the quality of life of people by enabling local area development and harnessing technology, especially technology that leads to Smart outcomes. Area-based development will transform existing areas (retrofit and redevelop), including slums, into better planned ones, thereby improving liveability of the whole City. New areas (greenfield) will be developed around cities 7 in order to accommodate the expanding population in urban areas. Application of Smart Solutions will enable cities to use technology, information and data to improve infrastructure and services. Comprehensive development in this way will improve quality of life, create employment and enhance incomes for all, especially the poor and the disadvantaged, leading to inclusive Cities.

Smart City Mission Statement and Guidelines In Smart Cities Mission Guidelines. New Delhi, India: Ministry of Urban Development, Govt. of India, 2015.

National Urban Innovation Stack (NUIS): Digital Blueprint (Principles, Approach, Reference Architecture & Key Building Blocks)
Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs

Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge
Shaping cities for young children and their families

The Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge is a 3-year initiative hosted by the Smart Cities Mission, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India, in collaboration with the Bernard van Leer Foundation and WRI India. The Challenge enables Indian cities to adopt an early childhood lens in designing neighbourhood-level improvements that promote the health and well-being of young children and their caregivers.

Streets for People Challenge
The Streets for People Challenge is an initiative of the Smart Cities Mission, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Government of India, to inspire cities to create walking-friendly streets through quick measures, in response to COVID-19. The Challenge will support cities across the country to develop a unified vision of Streets for People in consultation with stakeholders and citizens.

The Challenge aims to create flagship walking initiatives in cities, which focus on placemaking and liveability. Cities will be required to reimagine their streets as public spaces through the lens of economic regeneration, safety, and child-friendly interventions initiatives, in order to ensure a green recovery from COVID-19.

The India Programme of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) will be the knowledge partner, providing guidance through the preparation of resource material and facilitating online peer to peer learning workshops.


Support your city

Are you a civil society organisation, consultant, or concerned citizen eager to support your city in the Streets for People Challenge?
Citizen collaboration will play a crucial role as a metric in evaluating proposals submitted by the cities. Cities are encouraged to collaborate with civil society organisations, educational institutions, and local practitioners as they develop and implement their pilot interventions and scale up plans.
Points to note:

The cities will decide on whom to collaborate with for the challenge.
It is subject to the cities if to offer remunerations for the support extended.

ClimateSmart Cities 2.0

"ClimateSmart Cities Assessment Framework(CSCAF)” as a step towards holistic, climate responsive urban development. This is part of the Mission’s focus on 3 pillars of performance- Liveability, Economic-ability and Sustainability.

This is an important sector to improve on in the cities - its relationship with the environment. With the advancement of renewable energy technologies, the cities can become smarter and reduce carbon emissions by adapting to various measures such as distributed generation, energy efficiency, electric vehicle and alternate fuel transportation system.

Increasing levels of motorised transport contribute significantly to CO2 emission. Through sustainable transport infrastructure, cities can mitigate impact on health, environment and air pollution, in the form of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.

Water is critical for sustainable development and eradication of poverty and hunger. Lack of access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene is a major issue in front of different governments. These problems, coupled with other water-related disasters like scarcity and pollution, are increasing because of climate change.

Alliance for an inclusive dialogue and broad-based, collaborative action at the national level is required. This shall help in actual mitigation and adaptation actions that are required for cities to undertake to improve their performance.


Every crisis has an opportunity embedded in it. COVID has helped us reimagine the way we live, work and play. A settled order, a calibrated way of doing things has been tested. With it came the need to learn and unlearn. A series of webinars over the past two months has fostered engagement on the demands that we face during the crisis and the 'new normal' as we imagine beyond. CitySpeak promises to be the most exciting of all. Modeled on the Japanese style of presentation canned PechaKucha, it will become a platform for CEOs to showcase their transformative actions as their cities undertake their Smart City journey. The webinar series has an interesting presentation pattern inspired by Pecha Kucha model of Japan with 400 seconds/city to make an impact. City Speak is an integral part of Webinar Series of Smart Cities Mission aimed at building capacities of officials working in SPVs and PMCs of Smart Cities. This is a plaftorm for Smart City CEOs to come together and exchange ideas on certain unique initiatives and projects being taken up in their Smart Cities. Each 60-minute webinar session will have three CEOs as speakers, with short presentations/ talks followed by Q&A session. These webinars are designed to be interactive and participatory. Tune in to know more.

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