The government has announced the names of 98 cities, which include 24 state capitals, to be developed into smart cities.
On expected lines, the largest chunk of cities from any single state went to Uttar Pradesh with 13 cities finding their names in the list, followed closely by Tamil Nadu (12) and Maharashtra (10).
The list of proposed smart cities, unveiled by Union Minister of Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, M Venkaiah Naidu, includes names of seven cities from Madhya Pradesh, six each from Gujarat and Karnataka, and three each from Bihar and Andhra Pradesh.
Speaking on the occasion, Naidu said the prime motive behind the smart city project is to enhance urban life. “The Smart Cities Mission is very practical and realistic. We need public’s participation.”
He maintained: “Smart cities need smart people…we need people’s co-operation to move forward in our mission.”
North-eastern towns and cities like Guwahati, Kohima, Imphal, Aizawl, Shillong, and Agartala have also been chosen.
However, cities like Patna, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram and Shimla are among the nine capital cities that failed to make it to the list.
To start with, in the first year, the government would select 24 cities that would be first developed into smart cities.
The minister also released a list containing features of a smart city.