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Financial assistance under CITIIS Challenge is provided in the form of grant to selected SPVs by the State Government. The repayment of the principle and interest would be equally shared by the Central Government and State Government.
Yes, all 8 requirements listed under SPV eligibility criteria are mandatory. However, there is a relaxation of fulfilling the criteria ‘Appointment of Women Directors in the Board of Directors of the SPV’ until the first disbursement of CITIIS Grant. An undertaking to this effect has to be given by the SPV CEO.
Yes, all 5 requirements listed under eligibility criteria are mandatory for each project application. However, there is a relaxation of fulfilling the criteria ‘State Government Order/Letter addressed to MoHUA endorsed by State Finance Department indicating the agreement to the condition of sharing the repayment of AFD loan with GoI at 50:50 ratio.’ until the first disbursement of CITIIS Grant. An undertaking to this effect has to be given by the SPV CEO.
These are unique cases and based on request from SPVs/ULBs/State Government, matter will be addressed by the MoHUA in consultation with DEA, MoF. Any such request along with G.O. authorizing ULB has to be sent to citiis@niua.org
Click here to access the AFD loan terms and conditions to Government of India.
Yes, refer to CITIIS E&S Guidelines for SPVs available in Helpdesk section (https://smartnet.niua.org/citiis/help-desk.php) of the CITIIS microsite.
As mentioned in section 3.1 of CITIIS Guidelines, a minimum of 5% of the total project costs has to be dedicated to Human Resources (HR) related costs.
Up to 4 applications can be submitted by the Smart City SPV with limitation of one application in each thematic area.
No. Only project applications received until 30th November 2018 will be considered for the funding under CITIIS Challenge 100 million Grant.
Winners will be announced in December 2018.
Yes, you will be able to access your application via the CITIIS Challenge microsite, but you will not be able to modify it once submitted.
No, Login credentials for access to CITIIS Challenge application template on SmartNet will be shared with Smart City SPVs CEO in September 2018.
Yes, all applications must be submitted online at smartnet.niua.org/citiis.
Smart City Projects application are invited from four thematic areas namely - Sustainable Mobility, Public Open Spaces, Urban E-governance and ICT, and Social and Organizational Innovation for Low-Income Settlements
Application Process and detailed project application form along with instructions is available at Application Process and detailed project application form along with instructions is available at smartnet.niua.org/citiis
100 Smart Cities selected under the Smart City Mission represented by their Smart City SPV are eligible to apply provided they meet SPV Eligibility Criteria and Project Eligibility Criteria.
CITIIS aims to foster sustainable, innovative and participatory approaches to build four types of projects within the Smart City Mission. Under the CITIIS component, up to 15 projects will be selected through City Innovation Challenge also referred as ‘CITIIS Challenge’.
CITIIS (City Investments To Innovate, Integrate and Sustain) is the main component of the ‘Program to fund Smart City projects through a Challenge Process’ launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) in July 2018.
For any queries, please write to citiis@niua.org.