India’s Smart Cities Mission, 2015-2021: A Stocktaking

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The Smart Cities Mission (SCM), launched in 2015, seeks to improve the quality of life in 100 cities and towns of India. Overall, its progress has been uneven, with many cities yet to achieve the desired levels of transformation. This report evaluates the first five years of the Mission, and draws lessons from its successes and failures. It discusses the physical and financial status of the projects taken up so far, and identifies the most crucial challenges—administrative, financial, and technology-related—that impede progress.


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