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Centre announces 30 more Smart Cities

Thiruvananthapuram tops list in third round of selections

Thirty more cities from across the country have been added to the Centre’s Smart Cities Mission, with a proposed investment of Rs.57,393 crore in various projects under the scheme.

Marking the second anniversary of the launch of the Smart Cities Mission, Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Friday announced the new cities added to the scheme in the third round, taking the total number of cities to 90. With the addition of the 30 cities, 23 States and four Union Territories have been included in the Mission.

As in the previous two rounds, the cities were picked on the basis of the proposals they submitted for the Smart Cities Challenge. Among the cities selected, Mr. Naidu said, Kerala’s capital, Thiruvananthapuram, topped the challenge.

Tamil Nadu emerged as the State with the highest number of cities selected in this round, with Tirupur, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi and Tiruchi making it to the Mission.

Three cities in U.P.

Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat had three cities each selected for the Mission.

While Jhansi, Allahabad and Aligarh made it from U.P., Rakjot, Gandhinagar and Dahod were the picks from Gujarat.

Further, Madhya Pradesh (Sagar and Satna), Bihar (Patna and Muzaffarpur), Chhattisgarh (Naya Raipur and Bilaspur) and Jammu and Kashmir (Srinagar and Jammu) had two cities each selected. Andhra Pradesh’s new capital, Amaravati, was also selected, as was Karimnagar in neighbouring Telangana.

Among the 11 State capitals selected were Bengaluru in Karnataka, Shimla in Himachal Pradesh, Aizawl in Mizoram and Gangtok in Sikkim.

The other cities selected were Puducherry, Karnal in Haryana, Dehradun in Uttarakhand, Pimpri Chinchwad in Maharashtra, and Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh.

Mr. Naidu said that the proposed investment in these 30 cities was Rs.57,393 crore under various smart city plans. With that, the total investment for smart infrastructure development for the 90 cities had gone up to Rs.1.91 lakh crore, he added.

Of the 30 cities added to the Mission, 26 had proposed affordable housing projects, 26 cities would take up school and hospital projects, and 29 would carry out redesign and redevelopment of roads, Mr. Naidu said.

“The concept of smart cities has redefined the urban discourse in our country like no other idea,” he said.

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