• Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework (CSCAF) is a first-of-its-kind assessment framework on climate relevant parameters launched in 2019 by Ministry of State for Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA).
• Its objective is to provide a clear roadmap for Indian cities towards combating climate change while planning their actions within city including investments.
• It intends to inculcate a climate-sensitive approach to urban planning and development.
• Framework has 28 indicators across five categories: Energy and Green Buildings, Urban Planning, Green Cover & Biodiversity, Mobility and Air Quality, Water Management and Waste Management.
• Climate Centre for Cities under National Institute of Urban Affairs is supporting MoHUA in implementation of CSCAF.
Key objectives of CSCAF 2.0:
• Improved indicators with feedback from cities and thematic experts.
• Simplified for easy understanding.
• Alignment with Swach Survekshan and Ease of Living.
• Standard evidence templates and data input templates to support in data collection.
• Centralized portal for data entry with dashboard to view real time updates.
Streets for People Challenge:
• It is an initiative of Smart Cities Mission (SCM) that aims to inspire cities to create walking-friendly and vibrant streets through quick, innovative, and low-cost measures.
• Challenge requires each city to test at least one flagship walking project and enhance liveability in one neighbourhood.
• Streets with high footfall zones can be considered as potential locations for flagship project.
• Fit India Mission along with India program of Institute for Transport Development and Policy have partnered with SCM to support the challenge.
Mains Paper 3: Environment
Prelims level: Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework 2.0
Mains level: Objectives of the Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework 2.0