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25 cities selected for Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge

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    20th Feb, 2021


  • The Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry announced the names of the 25 cities selected for the Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge under the Smart Cities Mission.

What is Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge?

  • The Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge is a 3-year initiative.
  • It is hosted by the Smart Cities Mission, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India, in collaboration with the Bernard van Leer Foundation and WRI India.
  • Aim: The Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge aims to incorporate a focus on early childhood development (0-5-year-old children) in the planning and management of Indian cities.

Objectives of initiative

  • The Challenge enables Indian cities to adopt an early childhood lens in designing neighborhood-level improvements that promote the health and well-being of young children and their caregivers.
  • The initiative will focus on working with Indian cities and their partners
    • To improve public space, mobility, neighborhood planning, access to early childhood services and amenities, and data management across city agencies.
    • To build a platform for peer-to-peer learning and sharing best practices between cities.

25 Listed cities

  • The selected cities were Agartala, Bengaluru, Coimbatore, Dharamshala, Erode, Hubballi-Dharwad, Hyderabad, Indore, Jabalpur, Kakinada, Kochi, Kohima, Kota, Nagpur, Rajkot, Ranchi, Rohtak, Rourkela, Salem, Surat, Thiruvananthapuram, Tiruppur, Ujjain, Vadodara, and Warangal.
  • The shortlisted cities would carry out projects for making early childhood-friendly neighborhoods.