• Overview
  • Team Details
  • Photos & Videos
  • Maturation Phase

City Investments To Innovate, Integrate, and Sustain (CITIIS) is initiated as part of all India competition among 100 smart cities through a Challenge Process, launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Govt. of India. The program is in support and finance by the French Development Agency (AFD) and European Union (EU). At the national level it is coordinated and managed by the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) - PMU, APCRDA and Amaravati Smart & Sustainable City Corporation Ltd. (ASSCCL).

Amaravati Smart & Sustainable City Corporation Ltd. (ASSCCL) submitted projects under the 4 thematic areas as per the requirements of CITIIS program

  • Sustainable Mobility
  • Public Open Spaces
  • Urban e-governance and ICT
  • Social & Organizational Innovation in Low-Income Settlements

The project – Basic Infrastructure Development at Low-Income Settlements in Amaravati proposed under the theme - Social & Organizational Innovation in Low-Income Settlements won the challenge and has been granted INR 80 crores with a total project outlay of INR 146 crores.

The project components are focused on key values of
  • Relevance and Feasibility
  • Innovation and Integration
  • Participatory Approach
  • Sustainability

The project Basic Infrastructure Development at Low-Income Settlements in Amaravati covers all 25 Gram Panchayat villages of Amaravati. The following are the components to be developed under the project

A. Village level components

  1. E-Health & Multipurpose Centre
  2. Model Anganwadi Centre
  3. Holistic Development of select Government Schools

B. City Level Components:

  1. Holistic Livelihood Development Centre (Skill development Centre)
  2. Integrated Solid Waste Management Facility
  3. Multi Faith Funeral Campus

Team Details
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Sri. Bhaskar Katamneni, I.A.S.,
Commissioner, APCRDA /
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer – ASSCCL

G V Pallam Raju
Execution Team Head
Borra Srinivas Rao
Deputy City Development Officer
P Naresh Kumar
Monitoring & Evaluation
G Praman Kumar
Environmental & Social Nodal Person
M Lakshmi Prasanna
Prasuna Bharathi Nalli
Mrunmayi Vijay Dhawad
C Sumithra
Manjiri Inamdar
A Ajay Kumar
Venkata Jyoshna Rani Singaraju
N V R K Prasad
V Karunakar
P Venkateswarlu
M Rohit Kumar
K Rohit
Naga Suresh
BL Ganesh
A Sai Rohit Krishna
T Harish
Maturation Phase

The CITIIS maturation phase aims to introduce and strengthen global best practices of project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, community engagement and environmental and social safeguards across all projects through, a comprehensive 24-step maturation framework. Beginning with a roadmap the phase is divided across four sections;

  • project structuring,
  • stakeholder engagement,
  • capacity enhancement and
  • mainstreaming of CITIIS values.

A necessary deliverable within this matrix is the Project Logical Framework (PLF) through the Logical Framework Approach (LFA). The goal of the PLF is to use the principles of LFA and build a shared understanding of the approach within each project and to develop both indicators for project progress and means of verifying them for monitoring. Each project framework will finally include its long-term goal and the outcomes, outputs and activities required to reach the goal.

The maturation framework was developed by the PMU in consultation with Espelia, a Paris based consultancy for management of public services and AFD. The team together created a template for the maturation roadmap and report. At the project and program level a project reporting tool and monitoring guide were created. Over the course of nine months the many steps of the framework work in tandem with one another leading ultimately to implementation of projects after assessing and mitigating their risks.

The final deliverable of the framework is a maturation report. To arrive at this report, the projects use tools like results-based monitoring and promotes the development of ‘pilot projects,’ that may fail. This process aims at creating a culture of sustained transformation by allowing trial and error to gauge what works in the project context. Each project also develops a communication and outreach plan after mapping their stakeholders, staff the SPVs with environment and social and public engagement officers who, assess the E&S impacts and mitigation measures that need to be adopted. To facilitate this process, the experts work with their cities to help them arrive at the most conducive plan while, also getting assistance from the CITIIS Program Management Unit (PMU) across all stages.

Amaravati has completed the Maturation phase by submitting all the deliverables required. The Special APEX Committee meeting held on 31st March, 2021 accorded a conditional validation of the maturation phase of the CITIIs project by ASSCCL. The maturation is deemed to be completed but the SPV can issue tenders only after the compliance documents of audited statement and the transfer of own source funds is provided to the Apex committee.