New Delhi, Jan 28: The Centre on Thursday announced the names of first 20 cities to be developed as Smart Cities in India. There were 97 cities in the Smart City Challenge Competition. Davangere and Belgaum selected. However, Mangaluru is not in the list.
Bhubaneswar, Pune, Jaipur, Surat, Kochi, Ahmedabad, Jabalpur, Visakhapatnam, Solapur, Davangere, Indore, New Delhi (NDMC), Coimbatore, Kakinada, Belgaum, Udaipur, Guwahati, Chennai, Ludhiana, Bhopal are among 20 cities selected for the Smart City project.
Releasing the list of 20 top winners of the Smart Cities competition, Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said a total investment of Rs 50,802 crore has been proposed for the selected Smart Cities and towns during the five year period.
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.
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.