First 20 smart cities: From Jaipur to Kochi, here’s the full list

Smarty cities: Some of the parameters on the basis of which the decision was taken are feasibility, result orientation, citizen participation, smartness of proposals etc.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 28, 2016 8:45 pm
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Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday announced the list of first 20 smart cities. “Today marks a historic landmark in annals of urban development as we get to know the first batch of ‘Smart Cities,” said Naidu.

The cities are:

1. Bhubaneshwar
2. Pune
3. Jaipur
4. Surat
5. Kochi
6. NDMC (New Delhi)
7. Ahmedabad
8. Jabalpur
9. Vizag
10. Solapur
11. Devangere
12. Indore
13. Coimbatore
14. Kakinada
15. Belgaum
16. Udaipur
17. Guwahati
18. Chennai
19. Ludhiana
20. Bhopal

Some of the parameters on the basis of which the decision was taken are feasibility, result orientation, citizen participation, smartness of proposals etc.

Here is the map of all smart cities:

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READ: Bhubaneswar tops first list of 20 smart cities

These 20 smart cities will get the funds first to kickstart their development process. With a per city allocation of Rs 100 crore for each of the five years of the mission period, the central assistance to the mission is around Rs 50,000 crore.

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These cities will be developed to have basic infrastructure such as assured water and power supply, sanitation and solid waste management, efficient urban mobility and public transport, IT connectivity, e-governance and citizen participation. A total number of 100 smart cities have been distributed among the states and the Union territories (UT).

READ: Funding for smart cities: Key to coffer lies outside India

Some of the features of smart cities according to the government website ( are:

1. Promoting mixed land use in area based developments–planning for ‘unplanned areas’ containing a range of compatible activities and land uses close to one another in order to make land use more efficient. The States will enable some flexibility in land use and building bye-laws to adapt to change;

2. Housing and inclusiveness – expand housing opportunities for all;

3. Creating walkable localities –reduce congestion, air pollution and resource depletion, boost local economy, promote interactions and ensure security. The road network is created or refurbished not only for vehicles and public transport, but also for pedestrians and cyclists, and necessary administrative services are offered within walking or cycling distance;

4. Preserving and developing open spaces – parks, playgrounds, and recreational spaces in order to enhance the quality of life of citizens, reduce the urban heat effects in Areas and generally promote eco-balance;

5. Promoting a variety of transport options – Transit Oriented Development (TOD), public transport and last mile para-transport connectivity;

6. Making governance citizen-friendly and cost effective – increasingly rely on online services to bring about accountability and transparency, especially using mobiles to reduce cost of services and providing services without having to go to municipal offices. Forming e-groups to listen to people and obtain feedback and use online monitoring of programs and activities with the aid of cyber tour of worksites;

7. Giving an identity to the city – based on its main economic activity, such as local cuisine, health, education, arts and craft, culture, sports goods, furniture, hosiery, textile, dairy, etc;

8. Applying Smart Solutions to infrastructure and services in area-based development in order to make them better. For example, making Areas less vulnerable to disasters, using fewer resources, and providing cheaper services.

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    Varun Chaitwal
    Jan 28, 2016 at 11:50 am
    jai modi
    1. A
      Jan 28, 2016 at 1:38 pm
      How will they do all this in 100crores ? its talk 300 crore to just build a flyover :O
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        Aftab Alam
        Jan 30, 2016 at 5:08 pm
        As BJP lost in Bihar embly election, they are not willing to do any kind of work that leads to development of Bihar, It shows Modi has some personal grudge with Nitish Kumar and the people of Bihar have to suffer. That is the reason Center has not selected any city of Bihar for future 20 smart cities in India
        1. A
          Feb 4, 2016 at 12:48 pm
          Smart? In what way these are smart cities? Bhubaneswar is a nice place comapred to many north Indian cities. However, picking a new site (like Amaravati) between Cuttack and Bhubaneswar and having the capacity to fill the city to a potion of 250,000 to 1,000,000 would have been ideal. B new city with all amenities as required in the criteria. The proposed money is not "enough" to build a couple of smart cities. Rs 50,000 cores cannot even build what we see in a big city in China.
        2. A
          Jan 28, 2016 at 8:37 pm
          Rascal naidu see all cities in equal waydian are staying in 29 states not in 10 cities.ur are shame like congress next election u get shock treatments from voters
          1. A
            Jan 28, 2016 at 5:12 pm
            Immensely disappointing!! Not a single city from UP, Bihar, West Bengal. Mo re than one city from some states and not a single one from some. Wrong decision by the government no matter politically influenced or not.
            1. K
              Jan 28, 2016 at 10:11 pm
              About 200 million Dalits will be voting against the BJP and the selfie-hunting joker at the next Lok Sabha elections in 2019. BJP was super lucky to receive 31% votes at the last Lok Sabha elections. At the next Lok Sabha election, BJP cannot get more than about 15% of the votes. No Muslim votes. No Dalit votes. No South India votes. No Delhi votes. No Bihar votes. And believe it or not, hardly any Gujarat votes! So get ready for Mr Nitish Kumar to be the next PM.
              1. K
                Jan 28, 2016 at 1:59 pm
                If it is brought to fruition then it will be the best thing happening in India after many years of gross mismanagement. All the best to the PM and his trusted staff who will oversee these projects. Finally India can have a goal with a man who has integrity.
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