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Why is the Smart City Mission important ?

  • India is projected to add 404 million people to its urban population between 2014 and 2050.
  • India's urban population experienced the highest growth among the world's major economies between 2010 and 2015.
  • Such rapid urbanisation puts major stress on India's cities-socially, politically, economically and environmentally.
  • Meeting India's urban challenge requires finding ways and methods that are innovative, cost effective,flexible,and environmentally , socially ,and culturally sustainable.

"Comprehesive development through SCM will improve quality of life,create employment and enhance incomes for all,especially the poor and the disadvantaged,leading to inclusive cities."-Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.