The central government has announced another list of 30 cities for development as Smart Cities taking the total cities picked so far to 90 under Smart City Mission.
Kerala’s capital Trivandrum topped the list with Chhattisgarh’s new capital Naya Raipur coming in at second.
Announcing the new batch of smart cities at a National Workshop on Urban Transformation, Minister of Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation M Venkaiah Naidu said that 45 cities contested for 40 available smart city slots but only 30 were selected to ensure feasible and workable plans that match the aspirations of the citizens.
The 30 new cities announced include Trivandrum (Kerala), Naya Raipur (Chattisgarh), Rajkot (Gujarat), Amravati (Andhra Pradesh), Patna (Bihar), Karimnagar (Telangana), Muzaffarpur (Bihar), Puducherry (Puducherry), Gandhinagar (Gujarat), Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir), Sagar (Madhya Pradesh), Karnal (Haryana), Satna (MP), Bengaluru (Karnataka), Shimla (Himachal Pradesh), Dehradun (Uttarakhand), Tiruppur (Tamil Nadu), Pimpri Chinchwad (Maharashtra), Bilaspur (Chattisgarh), Pasighat (Arunachal Pradesh), Jammu (Jammu & Kashmir), Dahod (Gujarat), Tirunelveli (Tamil Nadu), Thoothukudi (Tamil Nadu), Tiruchirapalli (Tamil Nadu), Jhansi (UP), Aizawl (Mizoram), Allahabad (UP), Aligarh (UP) and Gangtok (Sikkim).
Naidu informed that the 30 cities announced proposed a total investment of Rs 57,393 crore under respective smart city plans. This includes Rs 46,879 crore for ensuring core infrastructure in the areas identified by citizens for area based development and Rs 10,514 crore for technology based solutions for improving governance, service delivery and utilisation of infrastructure. With this the total investment approved under the smart city plans of 90 cities has gone up to Rs 1,91,155 crore.
The Minister said that 20 cities will be contesting for the remaining 10 slots under Smart City Mission. These are; Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh), Biharsharif (Bihar), Diu (Daman & Diu), Silvassa (Dadra and Nager Haveli), Kavaratti (Lakshadweep), Navi Mumbai, Greater Mumbai and Amravati (Maharashtra), Imphal (Manipur), Shillong (Meghalaya), Dindigul and Erode(Tamil Nadu), Bidhannagar, Durgapur and Haldia (West Bengal), Meerut, Rai Bareilly, Ghaziabad, Sharanpur and Rampur (UP).
Naidu said selection of cities for smart city development is running ahead of schedule and the remaining cities would submit revised smart city plans for filling up the vacant slots.