Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday announced the names of 98 cities Smart Cities in India. The winners include Lucknow and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Baroda in Gujarat, Greater Mumbai, Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai in Tamil Nadu, and Bhagalpur and Muzaffarpur in Bihar.
Key Developments so far:
– The union govt announces names of 98 Smart Cities that account for 35% of India’s urban population
– Of those chosen for the project, 24 are capital cities, 24 are business hubs and 18 are cultural centres
– There is a tie up between Rae Bareilly and Meerut to be nominated as smart cities, both scored equal points in round one
– Cities like Patna, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram and Shimla have failed to make the cut in round one
– 64 Smart Cities are small town & cities while 34 are larger ones
– 13 cities from UP, 12 from Tamil Nadu, 10 from Maharashtra, 7 from MP, 3 each from Bihara and Andhra Pradesh included in smart cities list