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First List of 20 Smart Cities
Jan 30, 2016

The Union Government announced the first list of 20 cities to be developed as Smart Cities on 28 January. 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 states selected cities and sent a list of 97 names. There was a competition among these names and 20 cities have been selected. Bottom up approach has been the key planning principle under Smart City Mission.

List of Cities

Bhubaneswar (Odisha), Pune (Maharashtra), Jaipur (Rajasthan), Surat (Gujarat), Kochi (Kerala), Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh), Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), Sholapur (Maharashtra), Davangere (Karnataka), Indore (Madhya Pradesh), New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC, Delhi), Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu), Kakinada (Andhra Pradesh), Belagavi (Karnataka), Udaipur (Rajasthan), Guwahati (Assam), Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Ludhiana (Punjab), and Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh).

These 20 cities will be the first to receive funds, hence kick-starting the process of developing them into 'smart cities'. 

  • The next two years will see the inclusion of 40 and 38 cities more.

  • In terms of population, these 20 cities account for 3.54 crore people. 

  • A total investment of Rs. 50,802 crore has been proposed in the selected smart cities and towns during the five-year period. 

  • The government plans to build these smart cities by 2022 to help accommodate its swelling urban population, which is set to rise by more than 400 million people to 814 million by 2050.

  • The cities are competing on a variety of matrices, including urban reforms and their plan of action in four key areas—Swachh Bharat, Make in India, Good Governance (modern accounting System, Rationalisation of Property Taxes) and e-Governance. 

  • Smart City plans will demonstrate how integrated planning and smart technologies can deliver better a quality of life. 

  • The Centre and states will equally split the overall cost of the project estimated at Rs. 96,000 crore. 

  • The central government will provide on an average Rs. 100 crore per chosen city per year. 

  • The project cost of each smart city will vary depending upon the level of ambition, model, capacity to execute and repay.

Smart City: The term broadly denotes an urban area that provides world-class, sustainable infrastructure to give a decent quality of life to its citizens. Infrastructure will include uninterrupted clean water and power supply, gleaming roads, high-speed internet, automated waste disposal, sustainable public transport, affordable housing and digitised public services. 

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