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Smart Cities


On August 1, 2015 Urban Development Ministry issued the list of Smart Cities.

  • Mumbai, Kolakata, Lucknow, Jaipur, Ranchi and Bhubaneswar are among the cities who have found place in the coveted Smart Cities project list with Uttar Pradesh bagging maximum 13 nominations.

  • All Union Territories, including Delhi, have found place in the list.

  • However, Bihar's capital Patna, Shimla, Thiruvananthapuram, Gangtok and Bengaluru did not make it to the list.

  • Notably, in Bihar, Bihar Sharif got the nomination but Patna could not make it. In Himachal Pradesh, Dharamsala has beaten Shimla.

  • Shivamogga in Karnataka was also nominated.




All the 100 cities being nominated as smart city will now be required to prepare “Smart City Plans” for each of them. These Plans will be evaluated in the second stage of City Challenge competition by an Apex Body in the UD Ministry.

  • As per the criteria adopted, UP got the maximum of 13 smart city slots. To ensure geographical equity, every state/UT was assigned a minimum of one slot each.

  • Vijayawada, Raipur and Guwahati have also made it to the smart cities list.

  • Based on this second stage evaluation, the top scoring 20 cities among the 100 will be extended financial support Rs 200 crore each during this financial year.

  • In the next two years, 40 cities each will be selected for receiving central funding.

  • Others will be asked to work on the deficiencies identified.

  • Rs 48,000 crore has been earmarked for 100 smart cities.

  • The broad criteria of evaluation in the second stage of competition include credibility of smart city plans, action plan for resource mobilisation, economic impact including the number of people to be benefitted and employment generation, environmental impact.

  • In the first phase, the Centre will pick 20 cities to be developed as Smart Cities and in the next two years 40 cities each will be selected for receiving central funding of Rs 500 crore in the next five years



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