Smart Cities Challenge

Silvassa has been selected by the Ministry of Urban Development as one of the 23 smart cities to participate in the Fast Track Round of the Smart City Challenge by the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India.

In December 2015, Silvassa Municipal Council had undertaken a number of initiatives to engage its citizens as we believe that is central to defining the vision and choosing the way forward for Smart City Silvassa. The received citizen feedback was carefully noted, analysed and incorporated in the way forward. Face to face interaction, focus group meetings, online polls, seminars and educative conferences with citizens had all helped in achieving increased efficiency, assistance in prioritization of strategies and projects, allocation of resources, guidance in preparing an enhanced implementation processes for the Smart City proposal.

After the proposal evaluation, 20 cities were selected as Smart Cities for the First Round of the challenge along with 23 other cities for Fast Track Assessment. Silvassa was selected among the Fast Track Cities and will re-prepare a proposal by 15th April 2016 for it’s selection with the first 20 cities for receiving the Smart City Development funding.

The detailed process is as follows:


The timeline for the city selection process in the Fast Track Round is as follows:


The proposal preparation is underway, and we invite all citizens for their valued feedback and suggestions by participating in the Citizen Engagement process.

Once again, please come forth and give your feedback as it will help us in concluding the proposal.

More About the First Round of the Smart Cities Challenge

The India Smart Cities Challenge is designed to inspire greater creativity from municipal officials and their partners, more involvement and inspiration from citizens, and the development of proposals that will produce concrete benefits in people’s lives. Below is the initial timeline for the challenge.

Challenge Timeline

Stage 1: Shortlisting of Cities by the States 

The Stage 1 of the competition was intra-state, in which cities in the State/UT competed on the conditions precedent and scoring criteria set by Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India. These conditions precedent had to be met by the potential cities to succeed in the Stage 1 and highest scoring potential smart cities were shortlisted and recommended by State/UT. On 27th August 2015, Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) announced list of nominated cities for Smart City Challenge Round II.

Stage 2: The Challenge round for selection

Each of the potential 97 smart cities prepared their proposals for participation in the ‘City Challenge’. The proposals were prepared by the empanelled consultant shortlisted through the RFP process. The Smart City Proposal (SCP) comprisde of area based model chosen, whether retrofitting or redevelopment or greenfield development or a mix thereof, and additionally included a Pan-City dimension with smart solutions. It also outlined the consultations held with the city residents and other stakeholders, how the aspirations are matched with the vision contained in the SCP and importantly, what is the proposal for financing of the smart city plan including the revenue model to attract private participation.

It was evaluated by a Committee involving a panel of national and international experts, organizations and institutions. The 20 winners of the first round of Challenge were be announced by MoUD. Thereafter, while the winning cities will start taking action on making their city smart, those who do not get selected will start work on improving their SCPs for consideration in the second round. Depending on the nature of the SCPs and outcomes of the first round of the Challenge, the MoUD may decide to provide handholding assistance to the potential Smart Cities to upgrade their proposals before starting the second round.

After the First round selection of 20 cities, 23 cities have been selected for the Fast Track Round for inclusion among the first 20 cities after re-preparation and re-evaluation of the Smart City Proposals.