Union Urban Development Minister, M Venkaiah Naidu announced 30 cities as a part of Centre’s Smart City Mission project.
This was the third round of selection. Consequently, the first two rounds already consisted of 60 cities to be converted to smart cities. Hence, a total of 90 cities now comes under the Smart City Mission.
M Venkaiah Naidu tweeted,
— M Venkaiah Naidu (@MVenkaiahNaidu) June 23, 2017
THIRD ROUND OF SMART CITIES MISSION
In fact, 45 cities participated in the selection of 40 available smart city slots. However, the Centre chose only 30 to take part the race.
The government proposed an investment of ₹57,393 crore towards the development of these 30 cities. Out of which, ₹46,879 crore will be for core infrastructure and ₹10,514 crore for technology-based solutions. Furthermore, the Centre has provided ₹500 crore to each city over a period of 5 years for implementing various projects.
Among the 30 cities, 26 proposed affordable housing projects that will benefit the urban poor. 29 cities will be taking up school and hospital projects. Also, 29 will be taking up redesign and redevelopment of roads which again will benefit the common man.
Notably, Uttarakhand Capital Dehradun made it to the list. Bengal and Mumbai did not participate in the competition. Meanwhile, Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi‘s constituency Raebareli, NCR city of Meerut and Ghaziabad could not find a place in the list.
Development Minister, Naidu stated,
All of them will put in place Integrated Command and Control Centres that enable coordination among various agencies for better service delivery and effective management of scarce resources like water and power. So, these are not merely cosmetic changes.
Additionally, Naidu launched the City Liveability Index which will help a city to know where it stands in ensuring the quality of life for its citizens.