Rajasthan first state to submit its smart city plan

cmRajasthan has become the first state to submit Smart City plan to the Ministry of Urban Development.

Manjit Singh, Principal Secretary (Urban Development), Rajasthan, submitted the smart city proposals of three cities- Udaipur, Kota and Ajmer to Union Development Aditional Secretary Samir Sharma in New Delhi on Tuesday. The amount alloted to develop these three cities into smart cities are Rs 1,221 crore, Rs 1,493 crore and Rs 1,300 crore, respectively.

Moreover, the investment amount proposed for Jaipur is Rs 2,403 crore, the plan for this city would be submitted later. Overall, Rajasthan has proposed a total investment of Rs 6,457 crore for developing four cities as Smart Cities.

As per a senior Urban Development Ministry official, 98 cities were nominated for being developed as Smart Cities. After the first round of intra-state competition under the ‘City Challenge’, Smart City plans for 86 cities have been approved by respective states and Union Territories that will be received by the Ministry for evaluation in the second round of the ‘City Challenge’ competition to pick up first batch of 20 cities by end of January.

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