• 13 new smart cities announced; Lucknow, Chandigarh make it to the list

    Lucknow, Faridabad, Dharmashala, Chandigarh, Raipur, New Town Kolkata, Panaji, Ranchi, Bhagalpur (in Bihar), and Warangal (in Telangana) are among the 13 new cities that have been selected under the Smart City scheme.

    The other cities in the list which were finalised through a “fast track competition” are Port Blair, Imphal, and Agartala. However, Uttarakhand capital Dehradun could not make it to the group.

    Earlier, the names of 20 cities were announced and government had started the “fast track competition” for 23 cities from an equal number of states since none of the cities nominated by them figured in the first list of top 10 smart cities. While announcing the new names on Tuesday, Union Urban Development minister, M Venkaiah Naidu, stated that these cities have proposed investments of Rs 30,299 crore. The earlier 20 cities had proposed an investment of Rs 50,560 crore.

    Naidu said the cities selected in this round have improved their earlier plans in areas including better profiling of respective cities, ensuring consistency between citizens’ aspirations and action plans, more feasible resource mobilization plans and presenting a more coordinated and integrated picture of how individual projects will contribute to the area level changes.

    The 10 cities that could not make the grade in this fast track competition will get another opportunity to revise their plans and submit them for evaluation in the second round of regular competition to be held by the end of June. TJ Brodie Authentic Jersey

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