Bhubaneswar tops govt’s Smart cities list, Rs 50,802 cr proposed to be invested

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Updated: January 29, 2016 10:42 AM

Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu congratulated 11 States and the Union Territory of Delhi who have made it to the top 20 smart cities list.

smart cities LSmart cities winner: Urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu released the list of 20 winners and said 15.2 million citizens participated in shaping smart city plans of 97 cities and towns in the first round of competition.

Bhubaneswar has topped the list of first 20 cities that will be developed as Smart Cities, followed by Pune and Jaipur. Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday unveiled the list of first 20 cities.

Naidu congratulated 11 States and the Union Territory of Delhi who have made it to the top 20 smart cities list. He added a total investment of Rs 50,802 cr has been proposed in the selected smart cities and towns during the five year period.

He said that the smart cities will demonstrate how integrated planning  and smart technologies can deliver better quality of life.

Naidu added 15.2 million citizens participated in shaping smart city plans of 97 cities and towns in the first round of competition.  The smart cities were chosen based on a challenge that required cities to come up with integrated plans, proposals, so that there is maximum analysis and planning.  More than 2.5 million people gave their suggestions through an interactive website, mygov.in, on which urban problems should be solved first.

Experts gave a thumbs to the selection of 20 smart cities and said that this would ensure quality infrastructure, technology-enabled services, sustainable public transport.

“Its a good initiative by the government. Satellite towns around these smart cities will be good opportunity for the real estate development especially affordable housing,” CREDAI President Getamber Anand said.

“Developing the project in the shortlisted 20 smart cities would ensure quality infrastructure, technology-enabled services, sustainable public transport. Moreover, affordable housing, which is already a priority for the government, would receive a further boost through the project. The Smart Cities Project would require huge fund mobilisation that could be brought about by public-private partnerships for developing smart cities. Under such a scenario, the private sector, especially the infrastructure and real estate sector could witness ample opportunities, through investing in specific cities,” Sanjay Dutt, Managing Director, India, Cushman & Wakefield said.

Below are the top 20 smart cities winners

1.Bhubaneswar (Odisha)
2. Pune (Maharashtra)
3. Jaipur (Rajasthan)
4. Surat (Gujarat)
5. Kochi (kerala)
6. Ahmedabad (Gujarat)
7. Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh)
8.Visakhapatnam (AndhraPreadesh)
9. Solapur (Maharashtra)
10 Davanagere (Karnataka)
11. Indore ( Madhya Pradesh)
12. NDMC (Delhi)
13. Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu)
14. Kakinada (Andhra Pradesh)
15. Belagavi (Karnataka)
16. Udaipur (Rajasthan)
17. Guwahati (Assam)
18. Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
19. Ludhiana (Punjab)
20. Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh)

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