Govt. announces list of first 20 smart cities under 'Smart Cities Mission'

January 28, 2016 03:27 pm | Updated December 04, 2021 11:09 pm IST

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

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

The list of 20 smart cities out of the 98 shortlisted for the 'Smart Cities Mission' was released on Thursday. 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.

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.

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
  • 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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