On Thursday 28th January 2016, the central government announced the names of the foremost 20 urban areas that will be developed as smart cities.
Venkaiah Naidu, the minister of urban development , told while announcing the list:
“Implementation of smart cities plan will showcase integrated planning. The investment of Rs 50,802 crores has been proposed in selected smart cities and towns during the five-year period”
“There are five capital cities among the 20 smart cities chosen,” Naidu said. “A consortium of only Indian companies was chosen for plans of nine cities from the 20 cities chosen”
Reportedly, the ministry of urban development had received proposals for around 97 cities, from state governments.
As per sources, the cities, which lost out in the first phase, still have a chance to upgrade their proposals and make it to the next list of 23 cities with April 15 being the last date for a fast-track screening opportunity. Moreover, the contest for the remaining 54 cities will begin in September this year reportedly.
Naidu also told sources that 16 million people participated in the proposal building and 25 lakh shared comments online and provided suggestions, in what is being called a “bottom up” selection process.
Odisha’s capital city Bhubaneswar has topped the list of 20 Smart Cities followed by Pune and Jaipur coming second and third.Here’s the list for 20 Smart Cities:
- New Delhi (New Delhi municipal council area)
The Smart Cities are aimed to be equiped with basic infrastructure, assured water and power supply, proper sanitation and solid waste management, efficient urban mobility and public transport, rugged IT connectivity, e-governance and citizen participation along citizen safety are some of the likely attributes of these smart cities.
In the future, the government plans to announce 40 cities each to be developed as a Smart City.