This booklet is a first in a series that looks to provide an overview of the smart cities at a conceptual level, smart cities mission in India, development of smart cities globally, the role of International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and bilateral agencies in promoting smart city projects in various cities across the world and India that includes digitalisation, infrastructure development and public services delivery by private corporations. It discusses the financing mechanisms proposed and implemented for delivering smart city projects, the overall costs involved in building a smart city, as well as the budgetary allocations for smart city projects in India in past four years.

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