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India Smart Cities Awards 2020


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India Smart Cities Awards 2020


The Union ministry of housing and urban affairs has released the list of India smart cities awards (ISCA) 2020


The awards were announced to commemorate six years of the central government’s three initiatives to spur urban development: 

  1. Smart Cities Mission (SCM)
  2. Atal Mission for Urban Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT)
  3. Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U). 


Performance of various States and cities: 

  1. Uttar Pradesh emerged on the top among all states, followed by Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. 
  2. Indore (Madhya Pradesh) and Surat (Gujarat) won the award jointly for their overall development. 
  3. Ahmedabad bagged the ‘Smart Cities Leadership Award’ and Chandigarh, the award for union territories, while Indore won the “Innovative Idea Award”. 


Parameters used for ranking: 

  • These rankings were arrived at by the government on the basis of several parameters such as social aspects, governance, culture, urban environment, sanitation, economy, built environment, water, urban mobility. 
  • For the year of the pandemic, additional parameters of sustainable business model of Integrated Command and Control Centres and innovation in Covid-19 management were also counted for the awards. 


Smart Cities mission: 

  • GoI launched the smart cities mission in 2015. 
  • The objective is to integrate city functions, utilize scarce resources more efficiently, and improve the quality of life of citizens. 
  • It is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme. 

Smart city is envisaged to have four pillars: 

  1. Social Infrastructure. 
  2. Physical Infrastructure. 
  3. Institutional Infrastructure (including Governance). 
  4. Economic Infrastructure. 




  1. Do you know about Global Smart City Index? Read Here(Briefly)
  2. Do you remember the City Innovation Exchange (CiX)? Read Here 



Prelims Link: 

  1. About the Smart Cities Mission. 
  2. India smart cities awards (ISCA)- latest edition. 
  3. Parameters used for ranking. 
  4. About the AMRUT mission. 


Mains Link: 

Discuss the significance of the Smart Cities Mission. 


Sources: the Hindu