The Central government is going to launch Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) Scheme for the Urban areas all over the country. Under the scheme, the central government will give ranking to the states by conducting a competition through the National Level Competition. The ULB scheme will be similar the smart city scheme. This ULB scheme will be implemented with the support of the world bank.
The central government getting the good response from the smart city scheme. Under the scheme, the government will conduct a competition among the states. This competition will be held for Transformational Urban Reforms through Performance-based initiative for States/ULBs.
The smart city will enhance the overall quality of life and better living. The central government will create smart urban areas that provide better social and economic environments by preparing for both natural and man-made disasters. The smart cities are viable to provide easy access to medical facilities, education and employment facilities to the citizen.
Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) Scheme
ULB scheme will be implemented in two-phase all over the country. Firstly five states will be selected through national competition which consists of three stages. In addition, this scheme will be implemented during the financial year 2018-19.
This scheme will strengthen the institutional, financial and accounting system of the selected ULBs. Apart from this, the scheme will also support and incentivise the states and civic bodies. The incentive grant under the scheme will be provided on the performance-based which will be used for implementing reforms.
First Phase of ULB Scheme
In the 1st phase, the five states including one from the northeast will be selected. These five state will get the financial assistance of USD 500 million. The five towns of a state can include under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) under the scheme.
Second Phase of ULB Scheme
In the 2nd phase, the government will conduct again a competition to select another eight states across the country under the scheme. These state will get USD 1 billion because these eight states which would be selected in 2nd phase need more reform compare the selected states in the 1st stage. Therefore, the government will provide them more financial support.
Selection Process Under Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) Scheme
The state will be selected on the based of selection process which is given below:-
|Number of AMRUT towns in State||50%|
|Previous performance on execution of Reforms in various AMRUT towns||10%|
|Project Awards under AMRUT||10%|
|Urban Local Bodies declared as Open Defecation Free (ODF)||10%|
|Execution of Housing for All scheme||10%|
The Department of housing and urban development (H&UD) has consulted with the two smart cities (Bhubaneswar and Rourkela) and nine towns covered under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT). Because these two cities and nine towns are performing well in the smart city competition.
Therefore, the housing and urban development (H&UD) department has given their instruction to take all necessary steps to be ranked top in this competition too.