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Amritsar tops the list of 27 new smart cities

Pilgrim and tourisms cities Ujjain, Tirupati, Agra, Nashik, Madurai, Thanjavur, Ajmer, Varanasi selected

Shri Venkaiah Naidu says smart city mission on course towards urban renaissance

Smart City Mission implementation now spread over 27 States/UTs

Rs.1,44,742 cr smart city investment proposed by 60 cities selected so far

            The Golden Temple city of Amritsar topped the list of 27 new smart cities announced by the Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu here today. Eight other cities of pilgrim and tourism importance that made  to the third list of smart cities are ; Ujjain, Tirupati, Agra, Nashik, Madurai, Thanjavur, Ajmer and Varanasi. With this the number of cities selected under Smart City Mission for financing implementation of smart city plans has gone up to 60.
            Announcing the cities that were selected in a competition among 63 cities, Shri Naidu said “The willingness and enthusiasm among cities to participate in more than one round of competition is a clear evidence of the urban renaissance set in motion. Competition bases selection has made the cities rediscover themselves as they are undertaking a thorough assessment of gaps in the present levels of infrastructure and service delivery and come out with comprehensive, credible and actionable plans for area based development and technology based Pan-city solutions”
            The Minister informed that the new 27 smart cities have proposed an investment of Rs.66,883 cr under smart city plans including Rs.42,524 cr under Area Based Development and another Rs.11,379 cr for technology based Pan-city solutions that benefits all the citizens of respective cities. With this, the total investment proposed by the 60 cities selected so far has gone up to Rs.1,44,742 cr, he said.
            The 27 cities selected in the latest round of ‘Smart City Challenge’ competition in order of the marks scored by them are:
           
S.No
City
State
1
Amritsar
Punjab
2
Kalyan-Dombivili
Maharashtra
3
Ujjain
Madhya Pradesh
4
Tirupati
Andhra Pradesh
5
Nagpur
Maharashtra
6
Managaluru
Karnataka
7
Vellore
Tamil Nadu
8
Thane
Maharashtra
9
Gwalior
MP
10
Agra
Uttar Pradesh
11
Nashik
Maharashtra
12
Rourkela
Odisha
13
Kanpur
UP
14
Madurai
Tamil Nadu
15
Tumakuru
Karnataka
16
Kota
Rajasthan
17
Thanjavur
Tamil Nadu
18
Namchi
Sikkim
19
Jalandhar
Punjab
20
Shivamogga
Karnataka
21
Salem
Tamil Nadu
22
Ajmer
Rajasthan
23
Varanasi
UP
24
Kohima
Nagaland
25
Hubbali-Dharwad
Karnataka
26
Aurangabad
Maharashtra
27
Vadodara
Gujarat

            The 27 smart cities announced today are from 12 States including 5 from Maharashtra, 4 each from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, 3 from Uttar Pradesh and 2 each from Punjab and Rajasthan. Nagaland and Sikkim have made it to the smart city list for the first time.
            With today’s announcement, implementation of smart city plans is now spread over 27 States and UTs, said Shri Venkaiah Naidu. 9 States/UTs still to enter implementation phase are; Uttarakhand, J & K, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Puducherry, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra, Nagar & Haveli.
            Stating that Smart City Mission is running ahead of schedule, Shri Venkaiah Naidu informed that the next round of competition to select the remaining 40 cities would begin in January next year.

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