The first 20 cities to be developed as Smart Cities announced on Thursday by Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu. There are 97 cities in the Smart City Challenge, and the names of the first 20 winners of the competition announced. Interestingly, only five of these 20 cities are capitals of states, capital city, GUWAHATI is one of those capital cities.
The proposals have been judged on credibility of implementation, city vision and strategy, economic and environmental impacts, cost effectiveness, innovation and scalability and processes followed, including citizen implementation.
PM congratulates the winners of Smart City Challenge
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has congratulated the winners of Smart City Challenge.
“Congrats to winners of Smart City Challenge. I wish the cities the very best as they move forward with implementation and transform urban India.
I thank all those who took part in the comprehensive deliberations on various forums to decide winners of Smart City Challenge”, the Prime Minister tweeted.
While the Centre had announced the ‘100 smart cities challenge’, Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir are yet to nominate one city each under their allotted quotas, and Telangana wants to replace Hyderabad with another city, leaving the race open for 97 cities.
These cities will be developed to have basic infrastructure through assured water and power supply, sanitation and solid waste management, efficient urban mobility and public transport, IT connectivity, e-governance and citizen participation.
The Centre will provide ₹200 crore per city in the first year, followed by ₹100 crore each year for the next three years to as many as 20 ‘top’ cities. The Cabinet had approved an outlay of ₹48,000 crore for the Smart Cities Mission in April last year.
In the subsequent years, the government will announce 40 cities each to be developed as Smart Cities as per Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to develop 100 Smart Cities in the country.
Naidu stressed on the need for inclusive urban development, noting that “it was the need of the hour with ‘Young India’ becoming more and more aspirational”.
He expressed concern regarding the exploitation of urban spaces by the well-to-do sections of the society at the cost of the poor and the marginalised and stressed on inclusivity while taking decisions related to urban governance.
List of Smart Cities:
12. New Delhi