Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu announced the first 20 cities selected for the Smart Cities Mission by the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD).
These 20 cities will be developed with core infrastructure elements such as adequate water & electricity supply, proper sanitation including solid waste management, efficient public transport, affordable housing, IT connectivity, e-Governance, sustainable environment, safety & security of citizens; especially women and children, as well as health and proper education.
The selected 20 cities are the following:
- Bhubaneswar, Odisha
- Pune, Maharashtra
- Jaipur, Rajasthan
- Surat, Gujarat
- Kochi, Kerala
- Ahmedabad, Gujarat
- Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh
- Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
- Solapur, Maharashtra
- Davanagere, Karnataka
- Indore, Madhya Pradesh
- New Delhi Municipal Council, Delhi
- Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
- Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh
- Belagavi, Karnataka
- Udaipur, Rajasthan
- Guwahati, Assam
- Chennai, Tamil Nadu
- Ludhiana, Punjab
- Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
According to Naidu, these 20 cities will be the first to receive funds to be developed as smart cities, and another 40 cities will be added in the next two years, then another 38 afterwards.
The primary purpose of Smart Cities Mission is to drive economic growth and improve living quality of people by enabling local development and with the help of technology, to improve service and bring better outcomes.
Here is Naidu’s statement with regard to the investment of these smart cities,
In terms of population, these 20 cities account for 3.54 crore people. A total investment of ₹50,802 crore has been proposed in the selected smart cities and towns during the five-year period.
Also, there is no time frame yet for the completion of these developments since the government is currently allotting funds for the said developments, but the government is planning to complete this project by year 2022.