In this edition, we present an update on the inauguration of two Tender S.U.R.E roads in Bangalore. Also featured are key highlights of the Smart Cities and AMRUT missions launched by the Government of India recently.

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Srikanth Viswanathan
Coordinator - Advocacy and Reforms

Tender S.U.R.E roads inaugurated in Bangalore
On the 20th of June, the Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah inaugurated the St. Mark’s Road and Vittal Mallya Hospital Road in central Bangalore after their up-gradation as per Tender SURE standards.

Tender SURE will make roads durable and ease pedestrian and traffic movements. Much of unnecessary road cuttings by various utility agencies will also be avoided. Both roads are up to five meters wide and are now equipped with parking and bus bays, LED street lights and cycle lanes. Twelve roads are now being developed under this project, post the two pilots. You can access the video coverage of the event here.

Centre unveils operational guidelines for Smart Cities challenge competition
The Smart Cities Mission was launched on the 25th of June, with an aim to create 100 smart cities in the next five years. An outlay of Rs 48,000 crores in Central grants has been earmarked for the project. According to the Mission’s operational guidelines, eligible cities will be chosen through a two-stage City Challenge competition. In Stage-1, each state and union territory will score their cities based on a set of criteria and nominate the top scorers (a total of 100 nominees) for Stage-2. These criteria awards points to cities based on their self-financing ability, their track record with implementing JNNURM projects and reforms, service delivery, internal resource generation and existing service levels. In Stage-2, these potential smart cities are required to submit a smart city plan which will undergo rigorous scrutiny. The cities will be evaluated on their current status and plan proposal i.

AMRUT urban mission launched
AMRUT aims to cover 500 cities and towns, with a population of one lakh and above.

AMRUT is a 10-year mission with a total investment of about Rs 2 lakh crore. Under the scheme, states have the flexibility in designing schemes based on the needs of identified cities as well as in their execution and monitoring. States will only submit State Annual Action Plans to the Centre for broad concurrence based on which funds will be released. States are, thereafter, required to transfer funds to ULBs within 7 days of receipt of funds from Centre.

Central assistance will cover 50 percent of project cost for cities and towns with a population of up to 10 lakh and one-third of the project cost for those with a population of above 10 lakh. Central assistance will be released in three instalments in the ratio of 20:40:40 based on achievement of milestones indicated in State Annual Action Plans. The mission provides for incentivizing reforms by earmarking 10 percent of annual allocation to be allocated to good performers at the end of each year ii.

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana targets ‘Housing for All by 2022’
The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) targets construction of two crore houses by 2022 for the urban poor, especially for Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and Lower Income Group (LIG). The scheme will provide a credit linked subsidy of 1 lakh to 2.3 lakh instead of actual fund transfers. States/UTs are required to mobilize the balance. PMAY will cost around Rs 3 lakh crore over the next seven years. The Central subsidy has also increased from Rs 75,000 earlier to Rs 1 lakh to 2.30 lakh per house, depending on the specific scheme iii.

Draft waste management rules released for public feedback
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has released the draft waste management rules for public feedback. The new rules are expected to help in effective implementation of waste management policies. It clearly defines terms that were previously left ambiguous such as defining sanitary waste, demolition and construction waste, its handling methods etc. It also proposes for individuals and commercial establishments to pay municipal authorities for the collection and disposal of waste they generate iv.

Karnataka Municipal Corporation (Ward Committee) Rules, 2013
Urban Development Department (UDD) of Karnataka notified the Draft Karnataka Municipal Corporations (Ward Committee) Rules, 2013 on 26th of May. The rules govern the functioning of the ward committees, such as holding special meetings in case of emergency and preparation of agenda for the regular meetings. The rules mandate that Ward Committee meet every month and be empowered to recommend to the corporation, any disciplinary action on officers who fail to carry out it's resolutions v.