Centre hand-picks 20 smart cities for first phase of plan

New Delhi, 28/01/2016 : M. Venkaiah Naidu, Minister of Urban Development showing list of winners of first round of Smart City Challenge Competition during the announcement at National Media Centre, in New Delhi on Thursday January 28, 2016. Photo: Shanker Chakravarty   | Photo Credit: Shanker Chakravarty

A new chapter in India’s urban history has started with the Smart Cities Mission finally taking some material shape. Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday announced the list of 20 cities that have qualified to build smart infrastructure with Rs. 200 crore each from the Central government’s first phase of funding. The Ministry has given top rating to Bhubaneswar for its robust Smart City plan.

Urging the country’s mayors to “work hard” for the improvement of their municipalities, Mr. Naidu said the government would soon introduce the credit rating system for cities so as to attract foreign investors. “Every city should follow credit rating. Otherwise no one will come and invest from outside,” he said, after announcing the 20 names here.

Mr. Naidu said the government would grant every winning city a sum of Rs. 500 crore as “overall cache of start-up funds” and expects the State governments to provide an additional Rs. 500 crore.

According to mission guidelines, the total State and Central financial assistance for each smart city would be Rs. 1,000 crore.

“This is the first time that an urban mission of such scale and ambition has relied so little on the decision-making by the Government of India,” said Mr. Naidu, adding that unlike the previous urban development schemes the government had adopted the “bottom-up approach.”

With an aim to achieve “inclusive growth”, the mission promotes integrated city planning, where the government’s policies such as Swachh Bharat Mission and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation complement each other.

Outside agency

The Central government has created an outside agency named Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), which will be headed by a CEO, and will be given powers to “execute” the proposed developments and projects.

“The professionally managed SPV will be empowered to execute the smart city projects in a timely and cost-effective manner while ensuring that the quality of the outcomes is benchmarked against global standards,” the Minister said.

Since June 2015, the government hosted several workshops and training programmes for mayors and municipal commissioners.

These will be the first 20 smart cities in India:

Here's the list:

Smart cities

  • 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
  • 10Davangere, 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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