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Cities raising Rs 50 crore to be chosen for ‘Smart City’

Cities raising Rs 50 crore to be chosen for ‘Smart City’
The Centre has asked the state governments to nominate cities and towns for inclusion under Smart Cities Mission as the first stage of the competition <g data-gr-id="22">has</g> started.

The Stage-1 of Smart City Challenge competition has started, a senior official of Union Urban Development Ministry, said on Friday.

As per the Operational Guidelines for Smart Cities Mission, released by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 25, 2015, states have to nominate the assigned number of cities and towns based on four broad criteria and a total of 13 sub-criteria.

Competition entails four broad criteria such as existing service levels in city/town (25 marks out of the total of 100 marks), institutional systems and capacities (15 marks), self-financing (30) and past track record and reforms (30 marks).

Every state government has to evaluate all cities/towns based on these criteria and nominate the top performers as per the number assigned to each state.

As per the <g data-gr-id="27">weightages</g> given, <g data-gr-id="28">present</g> status of e-governance and revenue mobilisation and <g data-gr-id="29">financial</g> strength of urban local bodies dominate the Stage-1 evaluation criteria accounting for 60 of the total 100 marks.

Eight of the total 13 sub-criteria for Smart City project are related to e-governance and financial strength including revenue mobilisation of urban local bodies.

Operational online grievance redressal system, publication of at least first monthly e-newsletter, online display of municipal budget expenditure information for the last two financial years and payment of salaries by urban local body up to last month carry five points each.

Increase in collection of internally generated revenues during the last three years and percentage 
contribution of internal revenues of <g data-gr-id="43">urban</g> local body like tax revenue, user charges, <g data-gr-id="44">extent</g> of establishment and maintenance costs of water supply met through user charges carry 10 marks each. 
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