Government of India launched the Smart Cities Mission on
25.6.2015 to promote cities that provide core
infrastructure and give a decent quality of life to its
citizens, a clean and sustainable environment and
application of 'Smart' Solutions.
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. The focus is on sustainable and
inclusive development and the idea is to look at compact
areas, create a replicable model which will act like a
light house to other aspiring cities.
The Mission covers 100 cities in the
As per the guidelines of the Mission, the
U.T. of Puducherry has been allocated with development
of 1 Smart City.
The process of selection of cities
consists of two stages:
Short-listing of potential cities by the States / UTs as
per the allocation and as per the criteria laid out in
the guidelines. The States / UTs have to nominate the
assigned number of cities and towns from each State /
UTs on four broad criteria and a total of 13
sub-criteria. The State Level High Powered Steering
Committee has to evaluate and approve the proposal and
to submit to the Ministry of Urban Development.
The potential 100 Smart Cities has to prepare the Smart
City Proposal, which should contain the strategy of
development, for participation in the City Challenge.
The proposals will be put through Stage-2 of the
competition based on an elaborate criteria and will be
approved by the Apex Committee constituted by the
Ministry of Urban Development.
Status of Smart Cities Mission in
U.T. of Puducherry:
The Government of Puducherry has
nominated Oulgaret Municipality as the Smart City in the
U.T. of Puducherry.
The Ministry of Urban Development has
announced "Oulgaret Municipality" as the Smart City in
the U.T. of Puducherry. The selected city has to prepare
a city level Smart City Plan which will be evaluated in
the second stage of competition.
Committees constituted under the
Smart Cities Mission (SCM)
Preparation of Smart City
Proposal for Oulgaret Municipality under the Smart Cities Mission (SCM)
M/s. Mahindra consultant Engineers Limited,
Chennai in association with SUEZ Environment consulting
and Akara Research and Technologies Pvt. Limited, which
is one of the empanelled Consultants of the Ministry of
Urban Development has been appointed as the Consultant
on 6.10.2015 for preparation of Smart City Proposal for
the Oulgaret Municipality in Puducherry.
Letter of Acceptance issued to the Consultant
A Smart City Proposal has been prepared by the
Government of Puducherry & Oulgaret Municipality in
cooperation with the consultant. The High Powered
Steering Committee for the Smart Cities Mission in its
meeting held on 10.12.2015 has approved the Smart City
Proposal for Oulgaret. The Smart City Proposal has been
submitted to the Ministry of Urban Development on
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Smart City Proposal of Oulgaret
Government of India has announced the list of 20 cities
which are to be funded during this financial year on
28.1.2016 and the Oulgaret Municipality in the U.T.
of Puducherry does not find a place in the list of the
top 20 cities.
In order to provide an opportunity to all
the States / UTs to upgrade their Smart City Proposals,
a Special Fast Track has been provided by the Ministry
of Urban Development to cities located in 23 States /
UTs in which none of the potential smart Cities were
able to come in the list of top 20 cities. The
Oulgaret Municipality was identified as one of 23
cities for the fast track competition.
A revised proposal was submitted to the
Ministry under Fast Track Competition on 21.4.2016.
Ministry of Urban Development has announced on
24.5.2016, a list of 13 cities which have been selected
in the Fast track competition and the Oulgaret
Municipality has not been selected in the competition.
The remaining 10 cities which have not qualified in the
Fast Track competition, has to revise the proposals
based on the specific observations of the Panel of
Experts and to submit the proposal for Round 2 Main
Challenge before 30.6.2016.
The Nodal Agency for Smart City and AMRUT
Mission has been transferred from Town and Country
Planning Department to the Local Administration
Department as per G.O. Ms. No. 21/2016-Hg dated
16.12.2016 of the Chief Secretariat (Housing),
Government of Puducherry.