The Centre will soon hold a contest with a prize money of Rs 50 lakh to measure the quality and impact of the ongoing smart city projects, a senior government official said. A concept note and guidelines on ‘India Smart Cities Awards Contest, 2017’ has been circulated to states and Union territories, alerting them for the competition, the official said. “The contest is aimed at recognising and rewarding cities, projects and innovative ideas that promote the goals of the Smart City Mission including enhancement in quality of life of citizens. Evaluation criteria include impact, innovation and scalability/ replicability in other areas of the city,” the official said.
Under the project awards category, excellence will be recognised and awarded in seven areas such as improving governance, quality of built environment, social infrastructure, culture and economy, environment, transportation and mobility, and water and sanitation, he said. Best performers in each of the categories will be awarded with Rs 5 lakh each and a scroll. Awards will be presented on June 25 next year.