New Delhi, September 12: The housing and urban affairs ministry has launched Smart Cities Awards Contest, 2017, involving prize money of over Rs 50 lakh. The contest, aimed at promoting competition among Smart Cities, will gauge the quality and impact of projects undertaken under the flagship program.
A concept note and guidelines in this regard have been circulated by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to States and Union Territories, alerting them for the competition. All projects that will be completed by 1st of April next year will be eligible for participating in the context.
Awards in nine categories including project awards, innovative idea, and city will be presented on June 25 next year marking the third anniversary of the launch of Smart City Mission, an official said.
Awards will be presented on 25th June 2018 marking the third anniversary of the launch of the Mission. Interestingly, the first batch of 20 smart cities was announced in January last year, followed by another 13 through in May last year, 27 cities in September last year and another 30 cities in June this year.