‘Smart cities and Academia Towards Action & Research (SAAR)’ program, is a joint initiative by MoHUA, the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), and leading Indian academic institutions of the country. Under the program, 15 premier architecture and planning institutes of the country worked with Smart Cities to document the landmark projects undertaken under the Smart Cities Mission. This document captures the learnings from best practices, provides opportunities for engagement on urban development projects to students, and enables real time information flow between urban practitioners and academia. Under the SAAR program, it is envisaged to prepare a compendium of 75 landmark urban projects of the Smart Cities Mission. These 75 urban projects are innovative, multi-sectoral, and have been implemented across different geographies across India. This compendium will act as a first point of reference for future research in the field and will help to disseminate learnings from projects under the Mission, thus enhancing peer-to-peer learning.