The Union government on 23 June 2017 announced another list of 30 cities for development as smart cities under Smart City Mission, taking the total tally of cities picked up so far to 90.
The announcement was made by Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu at a National Workshop on Urban Transformation, held in New Delhi. On the occasion, the minister stated that 45 cities contested for 40 available smart city slots but only 30 were selected.
A total investment of Rs. 57,393 Cr has been announced for the development project.
The cities that made it!
• The list is topped by Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala, while Chhattisgarh's new capital Naya Raipur came second.
• Rajkot in Gujarat came in the third spot.
• The cities of Patna and Muzaffarpur in Bihar too have been selected in this list.
• Both the capitals of Jammu & Kashmir - Jammu and Srinagar, also made it to the list.
• Uttarakhand’s capital Dehradun made it to the list too this time round.
View the full list of selected cities here:
The cities that missed the mark!
• Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's constituency Raebareli could not find a place in the smart cities list.
• Meerut, which falls under the National Capital Region also failed to make the cut.
• There was initially a tie between Raebareli and Meerut when Uttar Pradesh had first sent the list of cities for getting the smart city tag.
• Ghaziabad, another city in the NCR, also did not get selected.
• Mumbai and Bengal did not participate in the competition.
Further, Naidu said that among the selected cities, 26 have proposed affordable housing projects that will benefit the urban poor, 26 cities will be taking up school and hospital projects, 29 will be taking up redesign and redevelopment of roads which again will benefit the common man.
He added that all of them will put in place Integrated Command and Control Centres that enable coordination among various agencies for better service delivery and effective management of scarce resources like water and power.
Besides this, 10 slots remain under the smart city mission and 20 cities will be contesting for them including Itanagar, Diu, Silvassa, Kavaratti, Navi Mumbai, Greater Mumbai, Amaravati, Imphal, Shillong, Meerut, Rai Bareilly, Haldia, Bidhannagar, Dindigul, Durgapur, Ghaziabad, Sharanpur, Biharsharif, Rampur and Erode.
The remaining cities will be required to submit revised smart city plans for filling up the vacant slots.
• The"100 Smart Cities Mission" was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25 June 2015.
• It was launched with the aim of transforming 100 Indian cities by 2019-20.
• The Union Ministry of Urban Development is responsible for implementing the mission in collaboration with the state governments of the respective cities.
• A total of ₹980 billion has been approved by the Indian Cabinet for the development of the smart cities and rejuvenation of 500 others.
• Under the project, Centre would be providing Rs. 500 Cr to each city over a period of 5 years for implementing various projects.