Dec. 3, 2021

The deadline for completing projects under the Smart Cities Mission (SCM) was extended for all 100 participating cities to June 2023 due to the delays caused by COVID-19 and based on a NITI Aayog recommendation in August, according to Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry sources.


  • The Ministry informed the Lok Sabha on Thursday that “the period of implementation of SCM has been extended to June 2023”.

  • Though announced in 2015, the SCM was conducted as a competition with cities being selected from 2016 to 2018.

  • The cities were given five years to complete the projects under the mission, with the first set of Smart Cities expected to complete in 2021, but a mid-term evaluation found that further work needed to be done to complete the projects.

Source : The Hindu