By Accommodation Times Bureau
The government today announced the third list of 30 cites to be made smart under its flagship 100 Smart cities mission, with Trivendrum in Kerala topping the chart.
Other prominent capital cities in the list include Amaravati, Patna, Srinagar, Bengaluru, Shimla, Dehradoon, Aizawl and Gangtok.
With the new additions, the total number of cities to be made smart has reached 90.
A total of 45 cities contested for 40 available smart city slots but only 30 were selected to ensure feasible and workable plans that match the aspirations of the citizens as directed by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi while launching the mission,” said Venkaiah Naidu, a Minister of Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation. He was speaking at a National Workshop on Urban Transformation here today.
Another 20 cities will be contesting for the remaining 10 slots under smart city mission, he informed.
The 30 cities announced today will involve an investment of Rs 57,393 crore under respective smart city plans. This includes Rs 46,879 crore for ensuring core infrastructure in the areas identified by citizens for area based development and Rs 10,514 crore for technology based solutions for improving governance , service delivery and utilization of infrastructure.
With this the total investment approved under the smart city plans of 90 cities has gone up to Rs 1,91,155 crore.
“Selection of cities for smart city development is running ahead of schedule and the remaining cities would submit revised smart city plans for filling up the vacant slots,” Naidu said.