The contributions of smart cities mission: a stocktaking

The Smart Cities Mission in India, launched in 2015, is a unique experiment undertaken with the aim of improving people’s quality of life in cities. It bypasses traditional institutional approaches and employs innovative methods to achieve its targets. This brief provides an overview of the work initiated under the mission since its inception and explores the gains so far. It documents sectoral reforms and conducts a critical appraisal of the mission. The brief finds that the initiative has shown favourable results, and the lessons drawn from the mission can help create a framework for the better management of urbanisation in India.