• Panaji Smart City
  • What is Smart City
  • Challenge
  • About Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Limited (IPSCDL)

    The Government of Goa has designated Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Limited (IPSCDL), a wholly owned Government Company and Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) of the Government of Goa as the State Mission Directorate for AMRUT and State Level Nodal Agency and the State Mission Management Unit for Smart Cities Mission. IPSCDL has been formed to bring about the development of smart urban infrastructural facilities/projects for Panaji City.


    IPSCDL has been formed to plan, appraise, approve, release funds, implement, manage, operate, monitor and evaluate development projects in Panaji City.

    The key functions and responsibilities of IPSCDL are:

    • Approve and sanction the projects including their technical appraisal.
    • Execute the Smart City Proposal with complete operational freedom.
    • Take measures to comply with the requirements of MoUD with respect to the implementation of the Smart Cities Program.
    • Mobilise resources within timelines and take measures necessary for the mobilisation of resources.
    • Approve and act upon the reports of a third party Review and Monitoring Agency
    • Overview Capacity Building activities.
    • Develop and benefit from inter-linkages of academic institutions and organisations
    • Ensure timely completion of projects according to set timelines.
    • Undertake review of activities of the Mission including budget, implementation of projects, and preparation of SCP and co-ordination with other missions/schemes and activities of various ministries.
    • Monitor and review quality control related matters and act upon issues arising thereof.
    • Incorporate joint ventures and subsidiaries and enter into Public Private Partnerships as may be required for the implementation of the Smart Cities program.
    • Enter into contracts, partnerships and service delivery arrangements as maybe required for the implementation of the Smart Cities Mission.
    • Determine and collect user charges as authorised by the ULB.
    • Collect taxes, surcharges etc as authorised by the ULB.
  • The definition of a ‘smart city’ is not universal but is city specific. A Smart City provides smart infrastructure and enhances the quality of life for its citizens. Citizen participation is one of the corner stones of a smart city. The focus is on sustainable and inclusive development.

    The objective of the Smart Cities Mission is to drive economic growth and improve the quality of life of people by enabling local development and harnessing technology as a means to create smart outcomes for citizens.

    Each city formulates its own unique vision, mission and plan for a “smart city.” Their concepts reflect the city’s local context, resources, and priorities of citizens.

    Smart Cities embrace ideas that have been proven elsewhere and customize them to meet genuine local needs. They create replicable models, acting as light houses, showing the way for others to follow.

    Smart Cities explore, refine, and revise their ideas until they get it right. They are realistic, but they are also optimistic. They aim high!

  • 98 cities across India (2 more likely to be notified) are competing under the smart cities challenge. The key component of this challenge is to develop a Smart City Proposal which includes:

    • Existing status and progress
    • Identification of a pan city initiative (Across the city)
    • Identification of area based developments (atleast one) which include Retrofitting (improvement of an existing area), redevelopment (enable co creation of a new layout with enhanced infrastructure) and/or greenfield (smart solutions on a vacant area)

    Once the Smart City Proposal developed by the city is selected in the challenge, its implementation would be undertaken through constitution of a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV)


Embedded Smartness

A smart city has embedded “smartness” into its operations, and is guided by the overarching goal of becoming more sustainable and resilient.

Feedback Mechanism

Smart City analyzes, monitors and optimizes its urban systems, be they physical (e.g. energy, water, waste, transportation and polluting emissions) or social (e.g. social and economic inclusion, governance, citizen participation), through transparent and inclusive information feedback mechanisms.


Citizen Centric

Low-Emissions, Bio-diverse & landfill-free

Sustainable & Livable

Agile, Eco-mobile & Pedestrian-friendly

IT enabled services & e-governance

Multi-Modal Transit