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4) Evaluate the success of government’s urban development programme of Smart cities mission. Do you think there is much change in the approach of carrying out of the programme? Recommend what more needs to be done to transform India’s urban scenario.(250 words)

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

4) Evaluate the success of government’s urban development programme of Smart cities mission. Do you think there is much change in the approach of carrying out of the programme? Recommend what more needs to be done to transform India’s urban scenario.(250 words)

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Why this question:

The question is direct and straightforward evaluation of the government’s flagship programme of smart cities mission.

Key demand of the question:

The answer must discuss the salient features of the smart cities mission, discuss its success and achievements along with lacunae, how is the approach different from past projects and what should be the way forward.

Directive:

EvaluateWhen you are asked to evaluate, you have to pass a sound judgement about the truth of the given statement in the question or the topic based on evidences.  You have to appraise the worth of the statement in question. There is scope for forming a personal opinion here.

Structure of the answer

Introduction:

Introduce briefly the features of the mission.

Body:

  • Explain What is the aim of smart cities? – They always put people first. In the approach to the Smart Cities Mission, the objective is to promote cities that provide core infrastructure and give a decent quality of life to its citizens, a clean and sustainable environment and application of ‘Smart’ Solutions.
  • What are the features of Smart City? What’s the progress of Smart Cities Mission? – strategic components of area-based development (ABD) in the Smart Cities Mission (SCM) were city improvement (retrofitting), city renewal (redevelopment) and city extension (Greenfield development), along with a pan-city initiative in which smart solutions are applied covering larger parts of the city.
  • What are the reforms required to accelerate the development of India’s smart cities so as to shape the future of urban development and services.
  • Discuss how the approach has changed from the previous projects.
  • Suggest way forward.

Conclusion –

Conclude with significance of such missions and changed approach with growing demands of the country.

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