Smart City plans are to be submitted by December 15 to the ministry by the 98 identified mission cities for evaluation in the second stage of City Challenge Competition which will be assessed for their credibility and doability.
     
The mission cities are currently engaged in preparation of Smart City plans for evaluation so as to be selected for the first batch of 20 mission cities for financing this year, said a senior UD Ministry official.
     
98 cities were earlier selected based on intra-state competition in the first stage of City Challenge Competition based on a set of criteria. The evaluation criteria for second stage of competition accords a weightage of 30 out of 100 marks for implementation framework including feasibility and cost effectiveness, 20 for result orientation, 16 for citizen consultation for identifying goals, 10 for smartness of solutions, 10 for adoption of SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis for preparation of strategic plan and 5 each for city vision and quality of city profiling including identification of key performance indicators (KPIs), potential for improvement of city and 4 percent for processes followed.
      
Smart City plans will be assessed based on city-level criteria (30 percent weightage), area based development features (50 percent) and pan-city solutions (15 percent). Based on the suggestions from states and ULBs, weightage for pan-city solutions has been increased from 10 percent to 15 percent.
    
Citizen engagement has been made mandatory for identifying smart city objectives and evolving strategic plan under city-level criteria, deciding on area development features and identification of Pan-city Solutions with a total weightage of 16 percent.

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