‘City Challenge’ to decide smart cities: Naidu

316281-venkiah-naiduSmart city aspirants will be selected on the basis of a competition, ‘City Challenge’, says Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu.

“The profile of these cities will be based on revenue, expenditure and availability of infrastructure (transport, drinking water, solid waste management etc). We are in the process of issuing the guidelines for identifying the cities,” he said addressing a gathering in Bhubaneswar recently.

However, he declined to specify which city in Odisha would be selected for developing into a smart city. All he said was: “At least one city will make it to the list.”

Since a large number of people in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh stay in urban areas, more cities of these states would be included in the scheme, according to him.

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