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List of 20 cities to be developed as ‘Smart Cities’ released: Top 10 points to note

Sat January 30 2016, 12:27 am
  • Centre has identified and released the top 20 Smart Cities list on Thursday, moving a step forward to implement this massive infrastructure project launched by PM Narendra Modi that looks to transform the way people in cities live. These cities, with Bhubaneswar at the top, have been finalised through a 'challenge' (read competition) among 97 contenders. Here are top 10 points to note:

  • 1. Top 20 Smart Cities list: Under the programme, each selected city will be given Rs 500 crore over a period of five years by the Centre with the respective states expected to make the matching contribution. (Reuters)

  • Budget 2016: A poll conducted before the 2015 budget also highlighted growth as the top priority, while a slim majority saw the government meeting high hopes for economic reforms.

  • 3. Top 20 Smart Cities list: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi failed to make it to the list. Varanasi ranked way down at 96th position, only ahead of Dehradun which stood at the bottom of the list. 10 cities that have been picked belonged to states ruled by the PM Narendra Modi-led NDA government. (Reuters)

  • 4. Top 20 Smart Cities list: Pune, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Bhopal as also the NDMC area of Delhi are among those selected for the ambitious programme. This is a first in the series list and the rest will be unveiled in due course of time. (Express archive)

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    5. Top 20 Smart Cities list: Jaipur, Surat, Kochi, Jabalpur, Visakhapatnam, Solapur, Davanagere, Indore, Coimbatore, Kakinada, Belagavi, Udaipur, Guwahati and Ludhiana are the other cities selected in the first batch. Top 20 Smart Cities list: Altogether 100 cities are to be developed into Smart Cities as per Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious programme. (Reuters)

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    6. Top 20 Smart Cities list: The Centre has earmarked Rs 48,000 crore and the states will have to contribute an equal amount. (Reuters)

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    7. Top 20 Smart Cities list: Each state was given a quota of nominations on the basis of size, population and the number of notified cities and the first list was chosen after a competition among 97 contenders. (Reuters)

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    8. Top 20 Smart Cities list: Uttar Pradesh has got the maximum quota of 13 cities for nomination but only 12 cities including Jhansi, Moradabad, Saharanpur and Bareli participated in the contest. However, none of them qualified in the first list. With regard to the 13th city, the state government remained indecisive on choosing between Rae Bareli (Sonia Gandhi's constituency) and Meerut. (Source: lucknow.nic.in)

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    9. Top 20 Smart Cities list: Some of the top highlights of the initiative includes ensuring infrastructure like water and power supply, sanitation and solid waste management systems, efficient urban mobility and public transportation, IT connectivity, e-governance and citizen participation. (Reuters)

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    10. Top 20 Smart Cities list: Jammu and Kashmir, which had to send name for just one city, did not send any nomination as it did not take a call on whether it should be Srinagar or Jammu. (Reuters)

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