The Government of India has accepted the request made by Jammu Kashmir to include its two capital cities Jammu and Srinagar into Smart City Mission.
It was suggested by the administration after the State’s Governor N N Vohra discussed the issue in detail with Venkaiah Naidu, the Minister of Urban Development, Government of India, during his recent visit to the national capital.
The Governor had also emphasised that his State is the sole Indian State with two capital cities and more than half of the state’s urban population lives there. In addition, 11-12 million tourists and pilgrims visit these cities every year. It was also figured out that due to intra-state competition among the potential cities for Smart City Mission, there was a tie between the two cities.
In a letter sent to Naidu recently, Vohra thanked him for agreeing to consider his request, as per a spokesperson from Raj Bhawan.
Last month, the Central Government had issued the first 20 cities list under the Smart City Mission, where Jammu Kashmir had failed to bag a single city out of the four nominated cities i.e., Jammu, Srinagar, Katra and Anatnag.