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Centre unveils list of 98 smart cities; UP, TN strike it rich

NEW DELHI 27/08/2015: Union Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation minister M. Venkaiah Naidu addressing a press conference to announcing the list of Smart City Nominees,in New Delhi on Thursday August 27,2015 . Photo: Sandeep Saxena   | Photo Credit: Sandeep Saxena

Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday urged local and international investors to put their money on the Smart City Mission, assuring them that it was a safe bet.

Mr. Naidu unveiled a list of 98 cities with Uttar Pradesh taking the largest share of developing 13 smart cities followed by Tamil Nadu, which qualified to develop 12.

“Both national and international investors are looking for opportunities in the backdrop of the recent financial crisis,” said Mr. Naidu. “People are searching for safe investments. I offer smart cities as the safest investment because land is going to be there, structures are going to be there, so the returns are assured.”

With an aim to achieve “inclusive growth”, the Smart City 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.

Taking a tough stance over the delay of project approvals at the State-level, Mr. Naidu said the new parameters set by the Ministry have created a “perform or perish” situation where municipal councils “cannot afford to miss this opportunity of recasting the country’s urban landscape”. The Ministry will impose fines on States that violate the timeline of 60 days of finalising the projects.

“I held three consultations with the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Defence Ministry and the Ministry of Environment,” Mr. Naidu said.

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.

The missed ones

Nine cities, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Shimla, Puducherry, Daman, Patna, Itanagar, Thiruvananthapuram and Gangtok did not qualify for being a smart city. “This non-inclusion goes to prove that the selection in the first stage of competition was not swayed by the status or importance of the cities and the selection was objective and as per the stipulated criteria,” Mr. Naidu said.

Mr. Naidu said the Urban Development Ministry would provide Rs. 100 crore to each city over the next five years.

The success of the government’s Smart City Mission is largely dependent upon the finance generation at the State-level as well as private investments. The Centre has set aside Rs. 48,000 crore for the mission and the money will be released to urban local bodies at frequent intervals in the next five years. The Centre has asked the State governments to generate the rest of the Rs. 48,000 crore as the grand total of the mission is estimated at Rs. 96,000 crore.

Full list of Smart Cities



Sl.No.

Name of State/UT

No. of cities

shortlisted

Names of selected cities

Population of Cities

1.

Andaman & Nicobar Islands

1

Port Blair

1,40,572

2.

Andhra Pradesh

3

1. Vishakhapatnam/

2. Tirupati/

3. Kakinada

1.18,78,980/

2. 3,74,260/

3. 3,50,968/

3.

Arunachal Pradesh

1

Pasighat

26,656

4.

Assam

1

Guwahati

9,62,334

5.

Bihar

3

1. Muzaffarpur/

2. Bhagalpur/

3. Biharsharif

1. 3,93,724/

2. 4,10,210/

3. 2,96,889

6.

Chandigarh

1

Chandigarh

10,55,450

7.

Chhattisgarh

2

1. Raipur/

2. Bilaspur

1. 10,47,389/

2. 3,65,579

8.

Daman and Diu

1

Diu

23,991

9.

Dadra and Nagar Haveli

1

Silvassa

98,032

10.

Delhi

1

New Delhi Muncipal Council

2,49,998

11.

Goa

1

Panaji

1,00,000

12.

Gujarat

6

1. Gandhinagar/

2. Ahmedabad/

3. Surat/

4. Vadodara/

5. Rajkot/

6. Dahod

1. 2,92,797/

2. 55,77,940/

3. 44,67,797/

4. 17,52,371/

5. 13,23,363/

6. 1,30,530

13.

Haryana

2

1. Karnal/

2. Faridabad

1. 3,02,140/

2. 14,14,050

14.

Himachal Pradesh

1

Dharamshala

22,580

15.

Jharkhand

1

Ranchi

10,73,427

16.

Karnataka

6

1. Mangaluru/

2. Belagavi/

3. Shivamogga/

4. Hubbali - Dharwad/

5. Tumakuru/

6. Davanagere

1. 4,84,785/

2. 4,88,292/

3. 3,22,428/

4. 9,43,857/

5. 3,05,821/

6. 4,35,128

17.

Kerala

1

Kochi

6,01,574

18.

Lakshwadweep

1

Kavaratti

11,210

19.

Madhya Pradesh

7

1. Bhopal/

2. Indore/

3. Jabalpul/

4. Gwalior/

5. Sagar/

6. Satna/

7. Ujjain

1. 19,22,130/

2. 21,95,274/

3. 12,16,445/

4. 11,59,032/

5. 2,73,296/

6. 2,80,222/

7. 5,15,215

20.

Maharashtra

10.

1. Navi Mumbai/

2. Nashik/

3. Thane/

4. Greater Mumbai/

5. Amravati/

6. Solapur/

7. Nagpur/

8. Kalyan-Dombivilli/

9. Aurangabad/

10. Pune

1. 11, 19, 000/

2. 14,86,000/

3. 18,41,000/

4. 1,24,00,000/

5. 7,45,000/

6. 9,52,000/

7. 24,60,000/

8. 15,18,000/

9. 11,65,000/

10. 31,24,000/

21.

Manipur

1

Imphal

2,68,243

22.

Meghalaya

1

Shillong

3,54,325

23.

Mizoram

1

Aizwal

2,91,000

24.

Nagaland

1

Kohima

1,07,000

25.

Odisha

2

1. Bhubaneshwar/

2. Raurkela

1. 8,40,834/



26.

Puducherry

1

Oulgaret

3.00,104

27.

Punjab

3

1. Ludhiana/

2. Jalandhar/

3. Amritsar

1. 16,18,874/

2. 8,68,181/

3. 11,55,664

28.

Rajasthan

4

1. Jaipur/

2. Udaipur/

3. Kota/

4. Ajmer

1. 30,73,350/

2. 4,75,150

3. 10,01,365/

4. 5,51,360

29.

Sikkim

1

Namchi

12,190

30.

Tamil Nadu

12

1. Tiruchurapalli/

2. Tirunelveli/

3. Dindigul/

4. Thanjavur/

5. Tiruppur/

6. Salem/

7. Vellore/

8. Coimbatore/

9. Madurai/

10. Erode/

11. Thoothukudi/

12. Chennai

1. 9,19,974/

2. 4,74,838/

3. 2,07,327/

4. 2,22,943/

5. 8,77,778/

6. 8,31,038/

7. 5,04,079/

8. 16,01,438/

9. 15,61,129/

10. 4,98,129/

11. 3,70,896/

12. 67,27,000

31.

Telangana

2

1. Greater Hyderabad

2. Greater Warangal

1. 67,31,790/

2. 8,19,406

32.

Tripura

1

Agartala

4,00,004

33.

Uttar Pradesh**

12

1. Moradabad/

2. Aligarh/

3. Shaharanpur/

4. Bareilly/

5. Jhansi/

6. Kanpur/

7. Allahabad/

8. Lucknow/

9. Varanasi/

10. Ghaziabad/

11. Agra/

12. Rampur

1. 8,87,871/

2. 8,74,408/

3. 7,05,478/

4. 9,03,668/

5. 5,05,693/

6. 27,65,348/

7. 11,12,544/

8. 28,17,105/

9. 11,98,491/

10. 16,48,643/

11. 15,85,704/

12. 3,35,313

34.

Uttarakhand

1

Dehradun

5,83,971

35.

West Bengal

4

1. New Town Kolkata/

2. Bidhannagar/

3. Duragapur/

4. Haldia

1. 36,541/

2. 6,33,704/

3. 5,71,000/

4. 2,72,000



*Jammu and Kashmir has asked for more time to decide on the potential Smart City.

** 12 cities have been shortlisted from Uttar Pradesh against 13 cities allocated to the State.

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