The central government has started the process to select 18 cities out of 100 cities of the country for the second phase of Smart City project – CITIIS 2.0 City Investments to Innovate, Integrate and Sustain 2.0 (CITIIS 2.0). In this regard, Belagavi is preparing to send its proposal for innovative work on solid waste management. All preparations have already been made in this regard and a proposal will be submitted to the Center by January 15, 2024.
The selection process for the CITIIS-2.0 Smart City-2 project has commenced, with a recent workshop being conducted in Delhi for officials representing 100 smart cities in the country. Once the 18 cities have been chosen, each city will receive an allocation of Rs 135 crores. Additionally, a grant will be provided, with a stipulation that 80% of it must be utilized for solid waste management, as per the regulations.
Centre to accept the proposals by January 15, 2024, and the most suitable proposals will be chosen on January 20. Furthermore, a workshop is scheduled to take place in Kochi, Kerala on December 12, 13, and 14.
Smart City Managing Director Afrina Banu Bellari and Municipal Corporation Environment Department Assistant Executive Engineer Hanumant Kaladagi, two other officials of Smart City participated in the recent workshop.
The central government’s Smart City project chose Belagavi city as one of the 100 cities in the country to participate in the initiative. This selection occurred in the first phase of the project in 2016, accompanied by a grant of Rs 1,000 crore for the development of Belagavi. The Smart City project was officially launched on June 25, 2016. The objective was to complete all necessary tasks and become a smart city within a five-year timeframe, concluding by June 2021
CITIIS 2.0 :
CITIIS 2.0 has been conceived by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) in partnership with the French Development Agency (AFD), KreditanstaltfürWiederaufbau (KfW), the European Union (EU), and National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA). The period of the program would be for 4 years. CITIIS 2.0 has 3 major components:
Component-1: Financial and technical support for up to 18 Smart Cities for projects promoting circular economy with focus on Integrated Waste Management.
Component-2: Support to all States/Union Territories (UTs) for Climate action.
Component-3: Interventions at National level to support scale-up across all cities and towns.
12 cities were selected under CITIIS 1.0 program through a challenge process. City-wise details of the twelve projects under the CITIIS 1.0 program.
The National Project Management Unit based at NIUA conducts regular visits to project sites and provides necessary support through capacity building and peer-to-peer learning to ensure effective implementation of the program. Each project under CITIIS 1.0 was assigned a domestic expert and an international mentor to provide detailed on-site guidance in implementation of the project. Additionally, periodic reviews are conducted by the Government at the level of the program Apex Committee headed by the Joint Secretary & Mission Director (SCM), MoHUA.