The Smart Cities Challenge has now entered the most critical phase, i.e. preparation of the Smart Cities Proposal, following the appointment of the city-specific consultants.
Recently, 37 consulting firms from the government empaneled list were appointed by 88 smart cities to prepare their respective 'Smart Cities Proposal' (SCP).
The consultants which are appointed are a mix of Indian and foreign firms, which include the likes of AECOM India, Alia Consulting, Mahindra Consulting Engineers, Feedback Infra, Jones Lang La Salle, ICRA, Haskoning DHV Consulting, IIDC, Voyants Solutions, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Crisil, McKinsey, Dorsh Holding GmbH and Data World.
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The crux of the SCP has to be the vision for the city, plan for mobilisation of resources and intended outcomes in terms of infrastructure upgradation and smart applications.
The SCP should contain area specific development plans and pan-city initiatives. As per the guidelines set by the Centre, the consultant will also have to take into consideration the civic body's – city development plan, city sanitation plan, city mobility plan and the city master plan.
Financing for the entire product cycle also has to be explained in the SCP, right from internal procurement viz – taxes, rents, user charges and external sources like – grants, loans, borrowings etc.
The consultant and the city's administration can also avail handholding support from foreign government and bodies which have offered to provide support to the India's Smart Cities Mission, including bilateral and multilateral institutions like - World Bank, JICA, ADB, USTDA, AFD, DFID, UN Habitat, UNIDO etc.
The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has selected Emerging Markets Infrastructure, in cooperation with the Smart Cities Council, Smart Cities Council India, 3 E Consulting, Cimperium and Studio POD to provide technical services supporting the agency's role for the smart city development in three Indian states – viz Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.