On September 11, 2020, Union Minister of State (MoS)- Independent Charge (I/C) Hardeep Singh Puri for Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) launched the Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework (CSCAF) 2.0, along with the “Streets for People Challenge” in a virtual event organised by the Smart Cities Mission from New Delhi.
- It should be noted that the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) with support from MoHUA has established the Climate Centre for Cities (C3), now these C3 under NIUA are supporting MoHUA in implementation of CSCAF.
- The objective of CSCAF is to provide a roadmap for cities for combating Climate Change while planning and implementing their actions.
- This decision regarding launch of CSCAF) 2.0 has been taken to tackle the increasing frequency of cyclones, floods, heat waves, water scarcity and drought-like conditions have had adverse impacts on many of the cities.
Categories of Framework:
The framework has 28 indicators across five categories:
- Energy and Green Buildings
- Urban Planning, Green Cover and Biodiversity
- Mobility and Air Quality
- Water Management
- Waste Management
About Streets for People Challenge
In order to make cities more pedestrian friendly, MoHUA has initiated Streets for People Challenge to develop a unified vision of streets, in consultation with stakeholders and citizens, through quick, innovative, and low-cost measures. This challenge is open to all cities under the Smart Cities Mission, capital cities of States/UT’s and cities with a population of over 5 lakh.
- All participating cities are encouraged to use the ‘test-learn-scale’ approach to initiate both, flagship and neighbourhood walking interventions.
Challenge will have two stages viz:
- Pilot intervention and conceptual city-level scale-up plan;
- Scaling up the transformation and strategizing measures for long-term impact.
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About Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA):
Minister of State (Independent Charge)– Hardeep Singh Puri
Secretary– Durga Shanker Mishra