Mangaluru: It’s sad news for mangaloreans, since Mangaluru was not selected as one of the “Smart Cities” among the First 20 cities that were announced today by Union minister for urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu. The list of 20 smart cities out of the 98 shortlisted for the ‘Smart Cities Mission’ was released on Thursday, 28 january 2016. These 20 cities will be the first to receive funds, thus kickstarting the process of developing them into ‘smart cities’. The next two years will see the inclusion of 40 and 38 cities, respectively. Out of the six cities from Karnataka that were proposed, only Davangere and Belgavi got selected in the first phase this year.
A ‘smart city’ is an urban region that is highly advanced in terms of overall infrastructure, sustainable real estate, communications and market viability. It is a city where information technology is the principal infrastructure and the basis for providing essential services to residents. There are many technological platforms involved, including but not limited to automated sensor networks and data centres.
Of the 98 cities and towns that five years down will graduate into smart cities, 24 are capital cities, another 24 are business and industrial centres, 18 are culture and tourism influenced areas, five are port cities and three are education and health care hubs.
Here’s the list of the Smart cities that got selected:
1 Bhubaneswar, Odisha
2 Pune, Maharashtra
3 Jaipur, Rajasthan
4 Surat, Gujarat
5 Kochi, Kerala
6 Ahmedabad, Gujarat
7 Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh
8 Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
9 Solapur, Maharashtra
10 Davangere, Karnataka
11 Indore, Madhya Pradesh
12 New Delhi Municipal Corporation
13 Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
14 Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh
15 Belagavi, Karnataka
16 Udaipur, Rajasthan
17 Guwahati, Assam
18 Chennai, Tamil Nadu
19 Ludhiana, Punjab
20 Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
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New Delhi (NDTV): Four capitals are among the first 20 cities to be developed as ‘Smart Cities’ as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream project.
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The cities chosen are Bhuvaneswar, Pune, Jaipur, Surat, Kochi, Ahmedabad, Jabalput, Visakhapatnam, Solapur, Dhavangiri, Indore, the New Delhi area, Coimbatore, Kakinada, Belgaum, Udaipur, Guwahati, Chennai, Ludhiana and Bhopal.
The cities were chosen in a competition between states last year. All states were asked to submit names, which were judged on their service levels, infrastructure and track record.
“The competition was as rigorous as the civil services exam,” said Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, announcing the names.
The 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 cities not named today will be asked to get their act together, focus on deficiencies and prepare for Round 2 of the competition.
Each state will have at least one Smart City, which, in PM Modi’s words, translates to “very high quality of life comparable with any developed European city”.
During the selection process, each state was assigned a specific number of Smart City slots based on urban population and other factors.
In the list of 97, Uttar Pradesh, the most populous and politically vital state, will get the most number of Smart Cities – 13.
Tamil Nadu will have 12 and Maharashtra will get 10 such cities. Madhya Pradesh will have seven Smart Cities and Gujarat and Karnataka will have six each.
In the next five years, Rs. 3 lakh crore will be spent in developing the towns to provide world class infrastructure as part of the government’s big push for urban renewal in almost 100 Indian cities and towns.