On 28th January, Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu announced the first list of 20 cities that will be developed to have basic infrastructure. Bhubaneswar in Odisha topped the list, including Pune, Ahmedabad, Chennai and Bhopal that have been selected as part of the first batch of the Smart City initiative for which the NDMC area of Delhi has also made the grade. These 20 cities will be the first to receive funds, thus kick-starting the process of developing them into ‘smart cities’. The next two years will see the inclusion of 40 and 38 cities, respectively. A sum of Rs. 50,802 crore has been earmarked for the development of these 20 cities and towns over a period of 5 years, of which, Rs 38,693 crore will be spent on area development and Rs 12,109 crore on a total of 56 pan-city solutions.
These selected cities will be equipped with basic infrastructure including clean water and power supply, efficient urban mobility and public transport, IT connectivity and e-governance mechanisms. Going forward, the government plans to announce 40 cities each to be developed as a Smart City.
In the future, the govt. plans to announce 40 cities each to be developed as a Smart City.
These will be the first 20 smart cities in India:
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