Banaras leads the way in Smart City rankings of 100 smart cities recently released by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) on January 15, 2021. The holy city of Banaras won over cities like Bhopal, Surat and Ahmedabad who are known to be the top scorers in the annual rankings. Also, Nagpur, the city that secured the top rank March 2020 rankings and 28th rank in May 2020 rankings dropped to 44th rank in the latest list released.
The smart city rankings came as good news for Banaras as the city scored 57.61 in the previous rankings of 2019 and had to satisfy with 14th rank. However, this time it secured the first rank with a score of 85.25.
The smart city rankings released by the ministry were based on a few parameters like the number of projects taken up in a city, the amount of funds utilised, progress of the projects, etc.