Odisha CM asks PM Modi to include more cities in smart city list

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to consider including Cuttack, Sambalpur and Berhampur in the Smart City list. Speaking through video conferencing during the launch of the flagship Smart City Mission into implementation mode by PM Modi, Patnaik said, I am sure Honble Prime Minister will kindly consider including the historic cities of Cuttack, Sambalpur and Berhampur.Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to consider including Cuttack, Sambalpur and Berhampur in the Smart City list. Speaking through video conferencing during the launch of the flagship Smart City Mission into implementation mode by PM Modi, Patnaik said, I am sure Honble Prime Minister will kindly consider including the historic cities of Cuttack, Sambalpur and Berhampur.

with Bhubaneswar having topped the Smart City challenge, the people of other cities also aspire to be included in this initiative, he said.

Meanwhile, the Odisha government said that it would submit the final project plan for Rourkela Smart City soon. The project proposal envisaged an investment of around Rs 2,500 crore out of which Rs 500 crore is expected from the Union Government and rest Rs 2,000 crore would be arranged from state government and other sources by way of convergence.

The state level high-powered committee meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi gave green signal to the project for onward transmission to the central government.

We discussed about the smart city proposal of Rourkela city. The project would be submitted to government for onward transmission to Govt of India. Rourkela, this time, would compete with 66 other cities of the country in smart city competition, said the chief secretary.

The district administration together with Rourkela Municipal Corporation has increased their trial to develop the citys physical and social infrastructure to come out successful in national level competition to be held shortly.