Seventy per cent of the urban centres chosen for development under the Union government’s Smart City and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) missions are located in 12 states, eight of them under the rule of BJP and its allies.
Figures released by the Central government on Tuesday, in the run-up to the launch of its urban development and housing mission on June 25, reveal that the eight states will get almost half of the proposed Smart City and AMRUT cities.
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The distribution of ‘quotas’ for smart cities (see box) is proportionate to the state’s population and the number of cities and towns, said officials.
“All cities will have to compete with each other to fulfil the parameters drawn up by the Union government, after which only 20 will be chosen for the first phase of funding in 2015-16. The remaining cities will have to make up for the deficiencies so as to qualify for the next two rounds where 40 cities each will be chosen,” said a senior government official.
In case of the Rs 50,000 crore AMRUT mission, which aims at infrastructure development of 500 cities which have a population of over one lakh, state-wise quotas have so far been decided for 476 cities and towns. Of these, 225 cities are in states ruled by the BJP or its allies.
Uttar Pradesh, with 64 cities, has the maximum allocation under this scheme as well, followed by Maharashtra, MP, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, all of which can nominate between 30 and 37 cities. Most of the North-East states and UTs, including Delhi, will get to develop one city each under both missions.