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Smart City Awards, 2020 Released: Surat & Indore Jointly Win Award

| Published on June 28, 2021

As per the Smart City, 2020 Awards declared by the Central Government on Friday, Indore (Madhya Pradesh) and Surat (Gujarat) won the Smart City Award jointly for their overall development in the year. The awards were given based on multiple themes of Social Aspects, Governance, Culture, Urban Environment, Sanitation, Economy, Built Environment, Water, Urban Mobility and the like.

As per the report, “Surat is the best performing city owing to their efforts of deploying a dedicated team of data experts and incorporating various technological advancements, such as the establishment of SuratiLab, an advanced innovation lab for uncovering modern solutions for improved service delivery”

Of the total 100 cities in the Smart City list, 40 of them have been certified as having put in place systems to use data-based evidence for governance delivery. This is in lieu of the second round of the ‘Data Maturity Assessment Framework’ which is undertaken by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

The cities of Surat, Indore, Ahmedabad, Pune, Vijayawada, Rajkot, Visakhapatnam, Pimpri-Chinchwad, and Vadodara have been awarded a 4-star rating under the Climate-Smart Cities Assessment Framework. Under the categories of Union Territories, Chandigarh won the prize. The most “Innovative Idea Award” was won by the city of Indore and the ‘Smart Cities Leadership Award’ was won by Ahmedabad, followed by Varanasi and Ranchi in the second and third position respectively.

The list of winning cities as per different categories is as follows:

1. Social Aspects

Tirupati: Health Benchmark for Municipal Schools
Bhubaneshwar: Socially Smart Bhubaneswar
Tumakuru: Digital Library Solution

2. Governance

Vadodara: GIS
Thane: Digi Thane
Bhubaneswar: ME app

3. Culture

Indore: Conservation of Heritage
Chandigarh: Capitol Complex, Heritage Project
Gwalior: Digital Museum

4. Urban Environment

Bhopal: Clean energy
Chennai: Restoration of water bodies
Tirupati: Renewable Energy Generation

5. Sanitation

Tirupati: Bioremediation & Bio-Mining
Indore: Municipal Waste Management System
Surat: Conservation through Treated Wastewater

6. Economy

Indore: Carbon Credit Financing Mechanism
Tirupati: Boost Local Identity & Economy through Design Studio
Agra: Micro Skill Development Centre

7. Built Environment

Indore: Chappan Dukan
Surat: Canal Corridor

8. Water

Dehradun: Smart Water Metering Water ATM
Varanasi: Eco-Restoration of Assi River
Surat: Integrated and Sustainable Water Supply System

9. Urban Mobility

Aurangabad: Majhi Smart Buses
Surat: Dynamic Scheduling Buses
Ahmedabad: Man-less parking system and automatic ticket dispensing machines AMDA Park

10. Covid Innovation Award

Kalyan-Dombivali and Varanasi

The state of Uttar Pradesh emerged on the top and is followed by Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu under the Smart City award, 2020.

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