Accelerating the process of building 100 smart cities across the country, the Government is setting up the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), an autonomous body for overseeing the ambitious project, said official sources claiming that the urban development is a State subject and, hence, States will have to take the first step with respect to identification of projects for which the centre is creating a monitoring agency. The proposed body will take care of the entire gamut of smart cities. While identification of the projects will primarily be done by the States, the Centre will provide inputs as well and will not develop green field projects. In addition to this, it is also closely looking at the Singapore model with respect to knowledge and expertise as many countries have shown interest in investing in India. The ministry, in an earlier statement, had said a smart city could be one with technology-based governance that enables efficient public services and has 24x7 water and power supply, 100 percent sewerage, drainage and solid waste management facilities, as well as top-class infrastructure.
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