Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala’s capital city Thiruvananthapuram tops among the 30 new cities added to the Centre’s Smart Cities Mission. The Central government on Friday announced that another 30 cites will be developed as smart cities under Smart City Mission, which was launched in June 2015. Now the total number of smart cities in the country has gone up to 90.
Announcing the new batch of smart cities, the Minister for Urban Development and Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, M. Venkaiah Naidu, said that 45 cities contested for 40 available smart city slots but only 30 were selected to ensure feasible and workable plans.
He said: “Of the 30 cities announced today, 26 of them have proposed affordable housing projects that benefit the urban poor, 26 cities will be taking up school and hospital projects, 29 will be taking up redesign and redevelopment of roads.”
While Thiruvananthapuram topped the list, Naya Raipur in Chhattisgarh came second followed by Rajkot in Gujarat. Venkaiah Naidu said that the 30 cities announced today proposed a total investment of Rs. 57,393 crore under respective smart city plans. This includes Rs. 46,879 crore for ensuring core infrastructure in the areas identified by citizens for area-based development and Rs. 10,514 crore for technology-based solutions for improving governance, service delivery and utilisation of infrastructure.
With this the total investment approved under the smart city plans of 90 cities has gone up to Rs. 1,91,155 crore.
The Minister said that 20 cities will be contesting for the remaining 10 slots under smart city mission. These are the following: Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh), Biharsharif (Bihar), Diu (Daman & Diu), Silvassa (Dadra and Nager Haveli), Kavaratti (Lakshadweep), Navi Mumbai, Greater Mumbai and Amaravati (Maharashtra), Imphal (Manipur), Shillong (Meghalaya), Dindigul and Erode(Tamil Nadu), Bidhannagar, Durgapur and Haldia (West Bengal), Meerut, Rai Bareilly, Ghaziabad, Sharanpur and Rampur (UP).