20 Cities to get smarter…. Bhubaneswar tops the list

Raj Kamal Rao

urban_deveopmentBJP-led NDA government announced the first list of ‘Smart Cities’, another of its flagship initiative on Thursday. Odisha capital Bhubaneswar topped the list of 20 cities followed by education hub Pune. The selection committee zeroed-in on the top 20 cities in the first phase of the Smart Cities Mission based on the feasibility, proposed roadmap, and performance indicators, among others.

Announcing the list, Union Urban Development minister Venkaiah Naidu said, “A total investment of 50,802 Crore is proposed for 5 years and the money will be spent by Central government to develop smart cities”.

The Government had held competition among 100 ‘smart cities’ it had short-listed earlier to identify the top 20 to start funding. Bhubaneswar won the competition conducted by Urban Development ministry and will get the first allocation of central funding followed by Pune, Maharastra and Jaipur, Rajsthan.

As per the Urban Development Ministry, around 2.5 million people shared their views on with the government on various platforms including Mygov.in, an interactive website of the government and other forum for public feedback.

Centre has plans to build 100 smart cities by 2022 to accommodate urban population that is set to rise by more than 400 million people to 814 million by 2050.

The government had earlier allocated Rs. 6000 crores in last year’s budgeted to kick start allocation for selected cities. Remaining 80 cities will get funding in next two years. Government has decided to announce next 40 cities in 2017 and rest of the 40 in 2018.

Here is the Full List of Smart Cities:

1. Bhubaneswar
2. Pune
3. Jaipur
4. Surat
5. Kochi
6. Ahmedabad
7. Jabalpur
8. Visakhapatnam
9. Solapur
10 Davanagere
11. Indore
12. New Delhi
13. Coimbatore
14. Kakinada
15. Belgaum
16. Udaipur
17. Guwahati
18. Chennai
19. Ludhiana
20. Bhopal