In an attempt to make things simpler and connect to the masses, the Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu on September 3, 2015, said that a 'Smart City' is what the citizens want their places to be and the city-level plans should be evolved based on extensive consultations with them.
The Urban Development Minister was addressing a 'Smart City' regional workshop in New Delhi on Thursday. The event was held for ten northern states and Gujarat to discuss various aspects of preparation of the Plans and related issues.
The 'Smart City' plans will be evaluated in the second stage of City Challenge competition based on such consultations and their economic and environmental impacts, the minister added.
These city-level plans need to be submitted to the Urban Development Ministry by the end of the calendar year, based on which top 20 selected entries will be granted financial support during the current fiscal year.
The meeting was attended by Mayors, civic chairpersons, municipal commissioners, Principal Secretaries of Urban Development from these states and representatives of domestic and global technical agencies and consultants.
Seconding the minister's thought, UD secretary Madhusudhan Prasad further emphasised that 'Smart City' mission is not a mere urban infrastructure upgradation mission. It is area based and intended to benefit all the citizens of an urban area in one form or the other.
For the success of 'Smart City' mission, one has to think out of the box and act accordingly, he concluded.