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DataSmart Cities

Empowering cities through data

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  • 85+ Data Stories

Our Strategy

Cities have become the hub of India’s knowledge economy, propelling an innovation ecosystem. To cater to the ever-rising aspirations of citizens along with ever reducing resources at disposal, data has emerged as an important asset for solving complex urban challenges and improving the quality of life. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has launched the DataSmart Cities Strategy under the National Urban Digital Mission to enable cities to create a culture of data. The Strategy outlines the 3 foundational pillars – People, Process and Platform – to promote data-driven governance for evidence-based planning, performance measurement, innovation and co-creation.

Data Maturity Assessment Framework

In the path towards creation of culture of data in cities, the Data Maturity Assessment Framework (DMAF) has been developed. The intent of DMAF is to provide a comprehensive set of indicators under its 2 pillars – Systemic and Sectoral which will help assess the city's readiness towards utilising data. DMAF is designed to help cities undergo a process of self-evaluation and embrace a data culture.

Our Journey

Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has recognized the importance of data for Indian Cities and is undertaking impactful initiatives to pave the path for establishment of governance structures, revamping the internal processes to ensure data manageability, and construction of platforms for publishing data for use by all cohorts of the data ecosystem.

  • OCT 2022

    Launch of ICCC Microsite for data related use cases

  • SEP 2022

    Launch of City Data Officer (CDO) Handbook

  • AUG 2022

    100 Integrated Command and Control Centres (ICCCs) launched under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav

  • JUL 2022

    Data Collection started for Urban Outcomes Framework

  • APR 2022

    • Launch of Urban Outcomes Framework
    • Launch of AI Playbook for Cities and AI Use Case Compendium
    • Launch of Assessment and Monitoring Platform for Liveable, Inclusive and Future-ready urban India (AMPLIFI)

  • JAN 2022

    Open Data Week conducted

  • DEC 2021

    GIS hackathon conducted

  • JUNE 2021

    Release of DMAF Cycle 2 Results

  • MAY 2021

    Completion of DMAF validations

  • MARCH 2021

    Launch of NUDM, IUDX 2.0

  • FEB 2021

    65 CDOs certified under MoHUA -TataTrusts Data Training

  • JAN 2021

    Launch of Smart Cities Open Data Portal (SCODP) 2.9

  • DEC 2020

    Release of guidance documents – Designing a City Data Policy, Conducting Hackathons & Building Data Alliances

  • NOV 2020

    Launch of CDO Capacity Building Training Program, DMAF Cycle 2

  • JULY 2020

    Water and Sanitation Assessment for smart cities

  • JUNE 2020

    Launch of The Urban Learning Internship Program (TULIP)

  • MARCH 2020

    Completion of IUDX pilots in Pune & Varanasi

  • FEB 2020

    Setup and operationalization of Data Analytics and Management Unit (DAMU)

  • DEC 2019

    Ministry concludes IUDX pilot in Pune and initiates IUDX pilot in Varanasi

  • SEP 2019

    Ministry announces City Data Maturity Scores and Certificates for first cycle (May-Aug)

  • SEP 2019

    First cycle of DMAF concluded

  • JULY 2019

    3,000+ Datasets and 30+ Data Stories uploaded by Smart Cities

  • JUNE 2019

    • 500+ Hours of Capacity Building conducted through VCs and Regional Workshops for City Data Officials
    • Climate Maturity Assessment kickstarted for 100 Smart Cities

  • MAY 2019

    Data Maturity Assessment (DMAF) kickstarted for 100 Smart Cities

  • APRIL 2019

    Mission Data Officer appointed for 100 Smart Cities

  • MARCH 2019

    Indian Urban Observatory inaugurated at Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi

  • FEB 2019

    DataSmart Cities Strategy and Smart Cities Open Data Portal launched for 100 Smart Cities

  • JAN 2019

    100 City Data Officers appointed by Smart Cities

  • DEC 2018

    • Steering Committee set up to finalize DataSmart Cities Strategy
    • MoU signed with IISc to pilot Indian Urban Data Exchange


Our People


Hardeep Singh Puri

Minister, MoHUA

“As cities begin to implement 'smart' solutions, data becomes a significant asset and enabler for data driven Governance, leading to urban transformation. The future of Governance is data-driven and Indian cities are beginning to adopt this change in their functioning.”


Manoj Joshi

Secretary, MoHUA

“Smart cities are looking to leverage data generated by systems and processes deployed in cities for curating business intelligence and improving their operational efficiency. Bringing data in ‘focus’ ensures a move towards outcome-based planning in governance.”


Rahul Prataprao Jagtap



Kezhochole Rhetso



Bhagat Isha



GS Chakravarthy



Jitendra Singh Rathore



Mr Nilkanth Pomann


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