Indore Clinches Title National Smart City Award 2022


For an impressive sixth consecutive year, Indore, renowned for its cleanliness, has secured yet another accolade. The city’s exceptional accomplishments have led it to capture the prestigious “National Smart City Award” for 2022. This esteemed recognition lauds Indore’s exemplary performance among the 100 smart cities in India.

Surat and Agra: Honorable Runners-Up

The India Smart Cities Award Contest’s fourth edition has unveiled Surat and Agra as the second and third-prize winners, affirming their commendable strides in urban development and smart city initiatives.

New Town’s Dual Triumph

New Town has emerged triumphant with a dual victory, securing the second prize in mobility and the third prize in the built environment category, underscoring the town’s multifaceted growth and innovation.

State and Union Territory Excellence

In a display of state-level prowess, Madhya Pradesh (MP) and Tamil Nadu have clinched the top spots, securing the first and second ranks, respectively. Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh (UP) share the third position in this impressive lineup. Among the Union Territories, Chandigarh has secured the highest score, substantiating its commitment to urban development.

Honoring Excellence: The Felicitation Ceremony

President Droupadi Murmu will bestow honours upon the deserving winners on September 27 in Indore, underscoring the significance of their contributions to smart city advancements.

Indore’s Triumphs: A Resounding Success

Notably, Indore’s accomplishments extend across various urban affairs ministry missions. This recognition resonates particularly as Madhya Pradesh approaches assembly polls, offering the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government an opportunity to showcase these achievements as a response to any prevailing anti-incumbency sentiment.

Untouched Areas and Future Prospects

Regrettably, the NDMC area in Delhi, a designated Smart City region under the central government’s purview, did not secure any awards across the twelve distinct categories. Sources suggest that NDMC opted out of the contest. In the previous 2020 edition, both Surat and Indore shared the title of best smart cities. The 2021 results were not disclosed.

Awards Galore: Recognizing Excellence

The awards have been evenly distributed among multiple cities. Indore leads the pack with six awards, followed by Agra with four, and Surat, Ahmedabad, and Chandigarh securing three each. Jabalpur, New Town Kolkata, and Raipur each bagged two awards.

The Path Ahead: Smart City Initiative Progress

Out of a proposed total of 7,938 projects under the Smart City scheme, an impressive 76% valued at Rs 1.11 lakh crore have been successfully completed. The remaining 1,894 projects are projected to achieve completion by the upcoming June, indicating a promising trajectory for smart city initiatives in India.

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