The Centre has given the green light to CITIIS 2.0, a groundbreaking initiative aimed at fostering a circular economy and empowering cities. With a budget of over Rs 1,700 crore, this four-year program will support 18 additional smart cities, driving innovation and sustainability.
CITIIS 2.0 is a collaborative effort involving the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), the French Development Agency (AFD), Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), the European Union (EU), and the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA). It aims to promote integrated urban management and projects that contribute to a circular economy.
Under this visionary program, waste management facilities, climate change observatories, and knowledge-sharing platforms will be developed. The initiative will receive significant financial and technical assistance, including a loan of Rs 1,760 crore from AFD and KfW, along with a grant of Rs 106 crore from the EU.
Cities interested in participating will submit applications for evaluation and approval. Up to 18 smart cities will be selected through a competitive process, receiving support for circular economy projects, waste management, and climate resilience. All states and Union Territories will have the opportunity to request support, with a focus on enhancing climate governance and capacity building.
The Program Management Unit (PMU) at NIUA will coordinate technical and strategic assistance to state governments, ensuring effective implementation. This ambitious initiative builds upon the success of its predecessor, CITIIS 1.0, by expanding its reach and scaling up the impact.
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