Having missed the list of the first 20 smart cities in January under the
Smart City Mission,Chandigarh made it to the coveted club as 13 more
cities were added to it earlier this week.
In an exclusive press conference held at New Delhi, chaired by Union
Minister of Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu, a new set of to be
developed Smart Cities were announced which included Chandigarh,
Dharamsala and Faridabad. By scoring the maximum points Lucknow topped
the list of winners of the ‘fast track’ Smart City competition. With
this addition the smart cities mission has made inroads into 25
states/UTs in India. As of now the cities covered under AMRUT and
Smart Cities mission account for almost 70 per cent of the country’s
The 13 cities announced this week have proposed an investment of
Rs 30, 299 crore, wherea s the 20 cities announced in January had
proposed an investment of Rs 50, 560 crore.
The new cities had improved their previous plans for the parameters
including; better profiling of cities, consistency between citizens
aspirations and action plans, resource mobilization and a more
coordinated picture of projects.
Lauding the move NAREDCO President Parveen Jain said that the apex body
of builders and developers, sees immense opportunities for the real
estate industry in transforming the cities likes Chandigarh, Lucknow,
New Town in Kolkata, Bhagalpur, Dharamsala, Faridabad, Raipur, Ranchi,
Warangal, Agartala, Imphal, Port Blair and Panaji into smart cities.
Meant to change the life style of urban India, smart cities will ensure uninterrupted power and water supply, sewerage and solid waste disposal,
internet connectivity , e-governance along with good quality
infrastructure. It will ensure that basic amenities are available to
every house hold irrespective of area, cost or community.
Cities included in smart list
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Warangal, Andhra Pradesh
Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh
New Town Kolkata, West Bengal
Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands