Cabinet approves City Investments to Innovate, Integrate and Sustain 2.0 (CITIIS 2.0) from 2023 to 2027

Context: Recently, Union Cabinet at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the City Investments to Innovate, Integrate and Sustain (CITIIS) 2.0, a programme under the ambit of the Smart Cities Mission, which aims to promote integrated waste management and climate-oriented reform actions.

About City Investments to Innovate, Integrate and Sustain 2.0 (CITIIS 2.0)

  • It  aims to leverage and scale up the learnings and successes of CITIIS 1.0 which was launched in 2018.


  • The programme envisages to support competitively selected projects promoting a circular economy with focus on
    •  Integrated waste management at the city level
    • Climate-oriented reform actions at the state level
    •  Institutional strengthening and knowledge dissemination at the national level.

Duration and Participants

  • Programme will run for four years from 2023 till 2027, in partnership with the French Development Agency (AFD), Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), the European Union (EU), and the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA).


  • The programme has three components
    • firstly, financial and technical support for developing projects focused on building climate resilience, adaptation and mitigation in up to 18 smart cities.
    • Secondly, all states and Union Territories will be eligible for support on-demandbasis. The states will be provided support to
      • (a) set up/strengthen their existing state climate centres/ climate cells/ equivalents 
      • (b) create state and city-level climate data observatories 
      • (c) facilitate climate-data-driven planning, develop climate action plans and (d) build capacities of municipal functionaries. To achieve these objectives, the Program Management Unit (PMU) at NIUA will coordinate the provision of technical assistance and strategic support to state governments.
    • And thirdly, interventions at all three levels– Centre, State and City– to further climate governance in urban India through institutional strengthening, knowledge dissemination, partnerships, building capacity, research and development to support scale-up across all States and Cities.
  • CITIIS 2.0 will supplement the climate actions of Government of India through its ongoing National programs (National Mission on Sustainable Habitat, AMRUT 2.0, Swachh Bharat Mission 2.0 and Smart Cities Mission), as well as contributing positively to India’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) and Conference of the Parties (COP26) commitments.
The first phase of CITIIS was launched in July 2018 with projects in 12 cities namely Agartala, Amaravati, Amritsar, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Dehradun, Hubbali-Dharwad, Kochi, Puducherry, Surat, Ujjain and Visakhapatnam.

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