By Accommodation Times News Services
The Ministry of Urban Development has sanctioned Rs. 194 cr at the rate of Rs.2 cr per each of the 96 cities included in the Smart City Mission. Of the 98 smart city candidate firmed up so far, funds will be sanctioned soon by the Home Ministry to the Union Territories of Delhi and Chandigarh.
Sanction Orders were issued to 38 smart city representatives from 11 states who attended the Regional Workshop here today by the Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venakaiah Naidu. One city each from Jammu & Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh are still to be identified for inclusion in the Smart City Mission.
Later in the day, funds were transferred electronically to the respective states and Union Territories.
Rs. 2 cr provided for each city is meant for preparation of city level Smart City Plans with the assistance of technical and hand holding agencies.
During a Regional workshop on Smart City Venkaiah Naidu, while addressing the ten Northern states and Gujarat, he discussed various aspects of preparation of Smart City Plans and related issues Mayors, Municipal Chairpersons, Municipal Commissioners from cities and principal secretaries of Urban Development from different states.
He said that for realizing the India growth story, the urban areas of the country need to be improved in terms of infrastructure, urban governance to enhance business and economic activity and quality of life.
Further he informed that as against central assistance of only Rs.36,000 cr under ten year long JNNURM, the present central government has committed to spend over Rs.3.00 lakh crores on urban development during the next five to six years. Transfer of divisible revenues to the States has been increased by a whopping 10% besides enhanced assistance of Rs.64,032 cr to urban local bodies over the next five years.