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Mumbai, Nagpur among 10 cities in Maharashtra on ‘Smart City’ list

  • Hiral Patel
  • August 2, 2015
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The Urban Development Ministry has selected elected Mumbai, Nagpur and Aurangabad among ten other cities in Maharashtra under the ‘Smart City‘ project, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis informed.

Among the one hundred cities selected are State capitals which include Lucknow, Mumbai, Gandhinagar, Jaipur, Vijaywada, Bhubaneswar, Raipur and Guwahati have made it to the Smart Cities list while Patna, Kolkata and Bengaluru have not found place in the list of top 100 nominations. All Union Territories have nominated their names including New Delhi.

In the first phase, Centre will pick 20 cities and in the next two years 40 cities each will be selected for receiving central funding of Rs 500 crore spread over the next five years. So, eventually all the cities and municipal areas nominated for this scheme will be developed as smart cities. These cities will be developed into smart cities under the NDA government’s flagship urban projects while many other Indian cities have been selected under mega Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) plan.

 Speaking about the selection criteria an urban development ministry official said, “States have been selected based on an objective mechanism. Cities with better capability to implement projects and generate their own resources have been selected. It’s a move towards transparency and fair competition where none can influence the selection process.

According to the guidelines of the scheme, the objective is to promote cities which provide core infrastructure and give a decent quality of life to its citizens, a clean and sustainable environment and application of “smart” solutions. It says, “The focus is on sustainable and inclusive development and the idea is to look at compact areas, create a replicable model which will act like a light house to other aspiring cities.

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