Smart Cities Mission
Prime Minister(s)Narendra Modi
MinistryMinistry of Urban Development
Key peopleHardeep Singh Puri, Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs
Kunal Kumar (Mission Director)[1]
Launched2015; 9 years ago (2015)
Funding203,979 crore (US$26 billion)[2]

National Smart Cities Mission is an urban renewal and retrofitting program by the Government of India with the mission to develop smart cities across the country, making them citizen friendly and sustainable.[3] The Union Ministry of Urban Development is responsible for implementing the mission in collaboration with the state governments of the respective cities. The mission was planned to include 100 cities, with the deadline for completion of the projects set between 2019 and 2023. As of September 2023, 6188 out of total 7960 tendered projects have been completed, utilizing ₹113,721 crores out of total tendered amount of ₹171,432 crore.[4]


Smart Cities Mission envisions developing areas within selected cities in the country as model areas based on an area development plan, which is expected to have a rub-off effect on other parts of the city and nearby cities and towns.[5] Cities will be selected based on the Smart Cities challenge, where cities will compete in a countrywide competition to obtain the benefits from this mission. It is a five-year program in which financial aid will be given by the central government to the cities.[6] The Ministry of Urban Development used a competition-based method as a means for selecting cities for funding.[7] The state governments were asked to nominate potential cities with the overall count across India limited to 100.[8] A hundred cities have been selected so far to be upgraded as part of the Smart Cities Mission.[9][10] Each city will create a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) headed by a CEO to implement the projects under mission.[11]


Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the launch of Smart Cities Mission in 2015

The mission was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25 June 2015.[12] In the 2015 Union budget of India,2,020 crore (US$250 million) was allocated for the smart cities mission.[13] The mission was further allocated 3,215 crore (US$400 million) in the 2016, 4,000 crore (US$500 million) in 2017, 6,169 crore (US$770 million) in 2018, 6,450 crore (US$810 million) in 2019, 6,136 crore (US$770 million) in 2020 and 6,118 crore (US$770 million) in the 2021.[14] The project was extended and was allocated 14,100 crore (US$1.8 billion) in the 2023 Union budget of India and a further 16,000 crore (US$2.0 billion) in the 2023 Union budget of India.[15] As of September 2023, a total of 7960 projects worth 171,432 crore (US$21 billion) crore have been tendered.[4]

List of Cities

In 2015, there were 98 cities nominated by the states for the smart cities challenge, based on state level competition.[16] A hundred cities were supposed to be nominated but Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh did not use one slot each.[17] All the participating cities from West Bengal,[18] Mumbai and Navi Mumbai from Maharashtra withdrew the nominations.[19]

List of nominated cities (2016)
State/UT Count Cities
Uttar Pradesh 13 Agra, Aligarh, Bareilly, Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Moradabad, Prayagraj, Rampur, Raebareli, Saharanpur, Varanasi
Tamil Nadu 12 Chennai, Coimbatore, Dindigul, Erode, Madurai, Salem, Thanjavur, Thoothukudi, Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelveli, Tiruppur, Vellore
Maharashtra 8 Amravati, Aurangabad, Kalyan-Dombivali, Nagpur, Nashik, Pune, Solapur, Thane,
Karnataka 7 Belagavi, Bengaluru, Davanagere, Hubbali-Dharwad, Mangaluru, Shimoga, Tumakuru,
Madhya Pradesh 7 Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Sagar, Satna, Ujjain,
Gujarat 6 Ahmedabad, Dahod, Gandhinagar, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara
Andhra Pradesh 4 Amaravati, Kakinada, Tirupati, Visakhapatnam
Bihar 4 Bhagalpur, Biharsharif, Muzaffarpur, Patna
Rajasthan 4 Ajmer, Jaipur, Kota, Udaipur
Chhattisgarh 3 Bilaspur, Naya Raipur, Raipur
Punjab 3 Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana
Kerala 2 Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram
Haryana 2 Faridabad, Karnal
Odisha 2 Bhubaneshwar, Rourkela
Sikkim 2 Gangtok, Namchi
Telangana 2 Karimnagar, Warangal
Arunachal Pradesh 1 Pasighat
Assam 1 Guwahati
Goa 1 Panaji
Himachal Pradesh 1 Dharamshala
Jharkhand 1 Ranchi
Manipur 1 Imphal
Meghalaya 1 Shillong
Mizoram 1 Aizawl
Nagaland 1 Kohima
Tripura 1 Agartala
Uttarakhand 1 Dehradun
Andaman and Nicobar Islands 1 Port Blair
Chandigarh 1 Chandigarh
Dadra and Nagar Haveli 1 Silvassa
Daman and Diu 1 Diu
Delhi 1 New Delhi
Jammu and Kashmir 1 Srinagar
Lakshadweep 1 Kavaratti
Puducherry 1 Oulgaret

Selected cities

On 28 January 2016, a batch of 20 cities known as "Lighthouse cities" were selected in the first round of the All India City Challenge competition for which an assistance of 200 crore (US$25 million) each during the first year followed by 100 crore (US$13 million) per year during the next three years was announced.[20] 13 cities were added as an extension in May 2016.[21] 27 cities were added in September 2016, 30 in June 2017, nine in January 2018 and one city in June 2018.[22][23][24][10]

List of selected cities
Phase Year Count Cities
Phase I January 2016 20 Bhubaneswar, Pune, Jaipur, Surat, Kochi, Ahmedabad, Jabalpur, Visakhapatnam, Solapur, Davangere, Indore, New Delhi, Coimbatore, Kakinada, Belagavi, Udaipur, Guwahati, Chennai, Ludhiana, Bhopal
Phase I (Ext.) May 2016 13 Chandigarh, Bhagalpur, Faridabad, Lucknow, |Raipur, Ranchi, Dharamasala, Warangal, Panaji, Agartala, Imphal, Port Blair, Kolkata
Phase II September 2016 27 Amritsar, Kalyan, Ujjain, Tirupati, Nagpur, Mangalore, Vellore, Thane, Gwalior, Agra, Nashik, Rourkela, Kanpur, Madurai, Tumakuru, Kota, Thanjavur, Namchi, Jalandhar, Shimoga, Salem, Ajmer, Varanasi, Kohima, Hubli-Dharwad, Aurangabad, Vadodara
Phase III June 2017 30 Thiruvananthapuram, Naya Raipur, Rajkot, Amaravati, Patna, Karimnagar, Muzaffarpur, Puducherry, Gandhinagar, Srinagar, Sagar, Karnal, Satna, Bengaluru, Shimla, Dehradun, Jhansi, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Bilaspur, Pasighat, Jammu, Dahod, Thoothukudi, Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelveli, Tiruppur, Aizawl, Prayagraj, Aligarh, Gangtok
Phase IV January 2018 10 Erode, Saharanpur, Moradabad, Bareilly, Itanagar, Silvassa, Diu, Kavaratti, Bihar Sharif
Phase IV (Ext.) June 2018 1 Shillong


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