Naidu said, the initial amount of Rs 500 crore from the central government and additional Rs 500 crore by the local body make only Rs 1000 crore which cannot do much for a smart city. And that is why the Union government has planned to develop smart cities on the public-private partnership.
Naidu said that ABD accounts for over 10 per cent of the area and population in case of quite a few cities. “So, to say that government has imposed restrictions on the extent of area and population is clearly misleading aimed at creating wrong perception,” he said.
Among the 30 cities added to the Mission, Rajkot was placed third on the list behind Thiruvanananthapuram and Naya Raipur. Gandhinagar, the capital of Gujarat was on serial number nine and Dahod on 22nd.
Mumbai, whose Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is India’s richest urban local body with a budget of Rs 25,000 crore, has decided not to be part of the NDA government’s flagship mission. The reason being that Shiv Sena-led BMC has reservations about the mission guidelines.
Smart cities is just one of the three flagship urban missions launched by the Narendra Modi government in June this year, the other two being the infrastructure mission AMRUT and the Housing for All scheme.