Ministry of Urban Affairs Current Affairs - 2020

Swachh Bharat Mission achieves its urban target

On December 23, 2019, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs announced that urban areas of 35 states have been declared Open Defecation Free. It includes 4,167 cities. The target has been achieved through third party verification.


According to the ministry, the target has been achieved by constructing 65.81 lakh househols toilets as against the target of 59 lakhs. In order to achieve the target, the ministry had launched ODF+ and ODF++ protocols. The ministry also launched Water+ protocol to make sure that no untreated waste water is discharged into water bodies.

How was the target achieved?

The Ministry partnered with Google and mapped all the public toilets for ease of access to citizens. Today around 2,300 cities have more than 57,000 public toilets mapped on google maps.

With Star Rating Protocol the ministry streamlines solid waste management in cities. With door to door garbage collection and garbage processing and waste recycling methods, today more than 57 cities have been rated as 3-star cities and 4-cities (Indore, Ambikapur, Mysuru and Navi Mumbai) have been rated 5-star cities.

Plastic management in the cities were also streamlined complying with Plastic Management rules. 

The ministry is currently working with 46 cement plants where the plastic wastes can be sent directly for recycling and reusage.

Operating ministries

The Swachh Bharat Mission for urban areas is being implemented by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. The mission for rural areas is being implemented by Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. The rural areas of India were declared Open Defecation Free on October 2, 2019. PM Modi declared rural India ODF during his address at 150th birth anniversary celebration of Mahatma Gandhi.

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First Apex Conference for CEOs of Smart Cities held in Bhopal

The First Apex Conference for CEOs of Smart Cities was held in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. It was organised by Union Urban Affairs Ministry and inaugurated by Minister of State (I/C) for Housing & Urban Affairs.The conference aimed to provided single platform for convergence of all best practices in Smart city missions across country to help city leaders to use collective learning to accelerate progress of work. It also aimed to provide momentum to cities and platform for cross-learning, sharing and disseminating experience gained over past two and a half years.

Key Facts

The two-day conference was organised for providing platform for cross learning and knowledge sharing among Smart City CEOs. It enabled CEOs to learn from experiences of all city leaders to understand in greater details both successes and failures.

Apart from Smart City CEOs, the conference saw participation of representatives from municipal, State and Central Government and various other stakeholders in Smart City Mission from the civil society, academia, industry etc.  


Since its launch in June 2015, Smart Cities Mission (SCM) has been one of the most transformational urban missions. Total 99 cities have been selected for development as Smart Cities. Under it, key projects such as digitally integrated smart city centres, street re-design, installation of solar rooftop on buildings etc. have initiated for the process of urban transformation, enhancing liveability of cities. 

So far 3,012 projects worth Rs. 1,38,984 crore have been identified for implementation under SCM. Out of which, over 750 projects of more than Rs 25,000 crore have been completed or are being implemented. The CEOs of Smart City Special Purpose Vehicle (SPVs) through their leadership role in driving the implementation of smart city projects have been instrumental in achieving transformational outcomes envisaged under the Mission.

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