Oh No! Mangaluru Not selected for ‘Smart City’ in the First 20 List

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

New Delhi: First 20 Smart Cities Include Kochi, Pune, Jaipur, Surat, Ahmedabad: 10 Facts

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.


Here are 10 facts on Smart Cities

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.


  1. This is a clear indication of the fact that although we think Mangalore is already advanced in sense of the word, we have a long way to go in order to be qualified for the short-listed Cities chosen as prospective cities. The “Smart City” concept has a list of pre=requisites that Mangalore has to follow and be prepared for future challenges. The City needs its own disciplines in order to qualify for that credentials. We guess we have to re-invent all our wheels and be fully prepared for future conditions to be qualified as one of the “short listed” Cities in order to be benefited with various privileges as designed by the Central as well as State Government. Mangalore has now known the taste of being selected as a “Smart City”, and therefore let us take future challenges with a deep concern and preparedness.

  2. whew!! what a relief!!

    I was against this from day-1. More money in the hands of same corrupt officials and politicians would have meant nothing. Sure – they are very capable of producing nice reports to show how those funds were utilized but in reality the city would have continued to look like a remote corner in Somaalia with broken infrastructure and mess all around.

    Here is a ‘radical’ idea that is at least a few thousand years old!! How about actively demanding a better waste management system for the city? Even towns in Indonesia and Malaysia look much better managed as compared to our managalooru!!! sigh!

  3. How can Mangaluru become Smart City when an MLC from the beginning opposed idea of giving more space to public transport by restricting cars? He was against the idea of discouraging cars in Mangalore roads to reduce traffic density. He was totally against bringing Singapore like traffic rules in Mangaluru. Look at Hampankatta junction, he has constructed a autorikshaw parking place on footpath itself and people can not use footpath as pillars of rikshawshelter are covering whole space. And he has put his name also on top of rikshaw shelter. No proposal for improving footpath, bicycle lanes, bus rapid transportation, nothing. Any proposal on affordable housing? Slum development? Nothing as per draft proposal available on internet. How many people are aware of final proposal submitted to the center? What type of transparency city politicians are talking without putting everything open to public? Forget public even opposition corporators did not know what they send to the center for AMRUT. Forget becoming smart city now. Do our politicians learnt anything from smart city project? Where is inclusiveness? Look at the way they concreted Don Bosco Road. No footpath. Wherever small footpath space is available they have constructed sliding place for cars towards parking base of the building. Horrible. Hope they can look at now Davanagere proposal and learn how to take care of pedestrians and poors.

  4. Dear readers,

    Is PM Modi’s ‘smart city’ will have enough toilets? Are those citizens of smart city need to carry ‘Bedpan’ or relive in open as they wish?

    Will smart city will continue to sell ‘Betel leaves’ and ‘Gutka’ to balance the tax deficits?
    Are those nominated smart cities will have round the clock water,Electricity,sanitation,waste disposal(environmental friendly),security and corruption free bureaucracy?

    In my experience Indians only behave and demonstrate their civic sense in foreign nations.

    It is only ‘smart people’ can build the nation not ‘smart city’.

    I see it as another ‘Ganga’ cleaning.

    Jai Hind

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