1. How were towns in Smart City list identified? The Smart Cities Mission was rolled out in June 2015. In the first stage, state governments had to short-list potential Smart Cities based on criteria specified by the Union ministry of urban development. The 100 Smart Cities have been divided equitably across states. It gives equal weightage to the state’s urban population and the number of towns in the state/Union Territory. Uttar Pradesh had to nominate 13 cities, Tamil Nadu (12), Maharashtra (10), Madhya Pradesh (7), Gujarat, Karnataka (6 each), Rajasthan, West Bengal (4 each), Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Punjab (3 each), Telangana, Haryana, Chattisgarh and Odisha (2 each). Each of the 100 cities (only 98 were named finally since Uttar Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir could not finalise a city each in time) submitted proposals by end-December. A panel of experts examined these proposals to identify the first 20 cities that will get funding starting this year. Next year, another 40 cities will be selected, while the rest will come in the third year. The selection was based on a series of parameters, including city vision and strategy, cost effectiveness, credibility of implementation and innovation. Bhubaneswar topped with a score of 78.83% followed by Pune (77.42%) and Jaipur (73.83%).