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Consultation for Design of CITIIS 2.0

Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, Government of India launched the CITIIS program in March, 2018 in collaboration with the French Development Agency (AFD), European Union and National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) to provide financial and technical assistance to smart city SPVs for implementing innovative urban infrastructure projects. In the first Phase 67 project proposals were submitted under the CITIIS challenge and finally, 12 projects across 12 SPVs were selected in March, 2019 for receiving the financial assistance to the tune of INR 800 Crores and a tailor-made technical assistance program through national and international experts.

MoHUA in collaboration with AFD, KfW, European Union and NIUA is currently designing the SECOND PHASE of CITIIS program titled as CITIIS 2.0. This nation-wide consultation is for inputs from all the Smart City SPV’s in designing the CITIIS 2.0 program.

The ‘Program to fund Smart City projects through a Challenge Process’ is a three-year program, financed by the French Development Agency (AFD) and supported by the European Union (EU).

This program aims at putting in place a complementary instrument to the smart cities mission to provide a financing incentive and technical support to demonstrative projects selected through a competitive process. It supports projects looking for excellence and develops the capacity of Urban Local Bodies to implement integrated urban projects. It also develops peer-learning activities and cooperation between smart cities to enhance the capitalization of best practices at state and national levels.

Four values are at the core of the CITIIS program: sustainability, innovation, participation and relevance. Participation is particularly important as CITIIS is intended to be an inclusive program in which citizens contribute to the preparation of the projects.

Further, four urban themes have been selected for this program:

  • Sustainable Mobility;
  • Public Open Spaces;
  • Urban E-Governance and ICTs;
  • Social and Organizational Innovation in Low-Income Settlements.
  1. Key Components and Strategy 

The global program encompasses three components which are derived through the multilevel governance approach adopted by the program:

  • Component 1: CITIIS (City Investments to Innovate, Integrate and Sustain) is the main component of the program and brings financial and technical support to 12 selected Smart City projects across India under four thematic areas. This has been operationalized through:

    • City Innovation Challenge also referred as ‘CITIIS Challenge’;
    • Tailor-made Mentoring Program.
  • Component 2: Capacity Development activities at State level. This component intends to create a State capacity development plan to share good practices and enhance the replicability of integrated urban projects. The State of Andhra Pradesh has been selected as a pilot State and this component will be operationalized through:
    • Smart Cities Networking & Peer-Learning;
    • State-Level Advisory Services.
  • Component 3: Promotion of Integrated Urban Management at National level. This component aims at optimizing and strengthening the monitoring and evaluation system of the Smart Cities Mission. This has been operationalized through:
    • Results-based Management tools;
    • Knowledge Management.

       2. Focus on CITIIS Challenge

12 projects have been selected through the CITIIS Challenge. These projects are mapped in the illustration. 

As part of the CITIIS Challenge, the 12 selected projects are going through 3 major phases:

  • The selection phase that ends with the signature of a Tripartite Agreement between the SPV, the State, and the MoHUA;
  • The maturation phase, which objective is for the SPVs to strengthen and refine their projects with the help of a dedicated technical assistance team;
  • The implementation phase.

      3. Towards CITIIS 2.0

A second phase of this program, CITIIS 2.0, should be appraised by the AFD and KfW and implemented in 2021. Even though this program has to capitalize as much as possible on CITIIS 1.0, two major changes are envisaged:

  • The climate impact of the overall program will be enhanced;
  • The role of the States will be reinforced.

Taking into account the lessons learnt from the implementation of CITIIS 1 and the two major changes envisaged, a large consultation has been launched among the Smart Cities Mission SPVs. This consultation aims at collecting suggestions from all the SPVs in order to co-construct the design of CITIIS 2.0 with local stakeholders, who are also potential future beneficiaries of the program. Based on your role in CITIIS 1.0, the consultation has been grouped into 3 categories, please click on the relevant field: 

  • Questionnaire for CITIIS’ SPVs (Agartala, Amaravati, Amritsar, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Dehradun, Hubballi-Dharwad, Kochi, Puducherry, Surat, Ujjain and Visakhapatnam): Click Here
  • Questionnaire for the SPVs participated CITIIS challange (Ahmedabad, Belagavi, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Coimbatore, Davanagere, Diu, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Kakinada, Mangaluru, Nagpur, Patna, Raipur, Rajkot, Sagar, Satna, Shivamogga, , Solapur, Thane, Tirupati and Tumakuru): Click Here
  • Questionnaire for wider consultation across smart city SPVs (Other SPVs from the Smart Cities Mission): Click Here

Please note this consultation is for Smart City SPVs ONLY. The link can only be accessed using the registered User ID on Smartnet for the SPV. 

For any queries or additional support, you may write to citiis@niua.org