Centre announces third list of smart cities: 27 cities qualify from 12 states

Union Minister of Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu told reporters that 27 out of the 63 participating cities qualified for this financial year.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: September 20, 2016 4:29 pm
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Union Minister of Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday released the third list of smart cities. The new list accommodates 27 cities from 12 states, the minister said. Naidu told reporters that 27 out of the 63 participating cities qualified for this financial year. The cities were put through three rounds of tough competition where they were evaluated on a variety of factors.

“With this announcement, a total investment of Rs.1,44,742 cr has been proposed by 60 cities under smart city plans,” said Naidu.

The smart cities list includes 5 cities from Maharashtra, 4 each from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, 3 from Uttar Pradesh, 2 each from Punjab, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, and one each from Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Gujarat, Nagaland and Sikkim.

Smart cities list announced by the Centre: Agra, Ajmer, Amritsar, Aurangabad, Gwalior, Hubli-Dharwad, Jalandhar, Kalyan-Dombiwali, Kanpur, Kohima, Kota, Madurai, Mangaluru, Nagpur, Namchi,Nashik,Rourkela,Salem,Shivamogga,Thane, Thanjavur,Tirupati,Tumakuru,Ujjain,Vadodara,Varanasi,Vellore.

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  1. Vikas yadav
    Sep 20, 2016 at 11:25 am
    3 rd year is process and only announcement..i doubt weather work will start in any of these cities.....
    1. R
      Sep 20, 2016 at 12:21 pm
      Smart City work started in Jaipur, Nagpur, Bhopal
      1. A
        Sep 20, 2016 at 1:50 pm
        Why Kerala is not given any smart city. What Kersla MPs are doing
        1. B
          Sep 20, 2016 at 5:44 pm
          This government has reduced the meaning of "smart" to dust by announcing so many "smart cities", where as even the bigger cities lack basic support such as road, water and electricity! Also announcing five cities from Maharashtra in the election period shows that this project is politically motivated rather than driven by economics and social welfare. This w "smart cities" project is going to turn in to a white elephant that Indians will have to bear for decades to come.
          1. C
            C S
            Sep 20, 2016 at 8:49 pm
            However much money one may spend on the existing cities, it was not possible to make a step change in the quality of life in them, because of the narrow roads and lack of open space. A smart city should be something new like Chandigarh or Navi Mumbai. Otherwise it was just another name for UPA's urban renewal scheme.
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