Prime Minister Narendra Modi will formally launch the Rs. 98,000 crore Smart City and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) projects on June 25at VigyanBhawan in New Delhi.
The projects envisage recasting the urban landscape to make them more livable. Countries such as Singapore, Japan, France and the United States have shown interest in partnering with India on Smart City project.The project will be implemented through an area based approach comprising retrofitting and redevelopment.
Each Smart City aspirant will be selected through a ‘City Challenge Competition’ which intends to link financing with the ability of the cities to perform to achieve the objectives. Each state will shortlist a certain number of smart city aspirants as per the norms to be indicated and they will prepare smart city proposals for further evaluation for extending central support.
AMRUT will focus on ensuring basic infrastructure services such as water supply, sewerage, storm water drains, transport and development of green spaces and parks with special provision for meeting the needs of children.