Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha, will compete at the World Smart City awards to be held in Barcelona, Spain, later this month.
The city administration has submitted a proposal in this regard to the evaluating committee of the awards, which will be organised by the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC).
Bhubaneshwar, one of the fastest growing cities in the country, was selected as the top city in the first phase of the Narendra Modi’s flagship programme of smart city mission earlier this year.
“Any Indian city being finalist is itself a big achievement since the smart city scheme was launched only a year ago. Developing 100 smart cities is a big task. Recognition of the efforts being made by Indian cities at global level will encourage other cities to do better,” a ministry official said.
A team from the Bhubaneswar administration will make a presentation before the awards jury to highlight the key features of the city.
World Smart City Awards were established in order to identify cities, projects and innovative ideas in line with nurturing sustainable urban development.