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Govt announces another 30 cities under Smart City Mission

Govt announces another 30 cities under Smart City Mission

Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu on 23 June, announced the names of 30 more cities included under the smart city mission, the total number reaching to 90 cities.

After much flip flop, Shimla, the state capital of Himachal Pradesh, has finally made it to the smart city mission of Government of India (GoI).

With this the total investment approved under the smart city plans of 90 cities has gone up to Rs 1,91,155 crore.

On the occasion, the Urban Development Ministry also increased reform incentive fund for the next three financial years from Rs 900 crore to Rs 10,000 crore "to promote next generation reforms that would make a substantial difference to urban governance and service delivery and resource mobilization by urban local bodies", said Urban Development Secretary Rajiv Gauba.

Andhra Pradesh topped the list with the highest score in implementing urban schemes, followed by Odisha, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.

Naidu said the remaining cities will submit their revised plans for the 10 slots.




Dehradun, Jammu and Srinagar also made it to the list.

26 cities will be taking up school and hospital projects, 29 will be taking up redesign and redevelopment of roads which will benefit the common man.

The Deputy Chief Minister was interacting with several deputations after the twin capital cities of the state qualified under the Smart City Initiative of the central government.

He said the mission cities are choosing relatively small areas to start with for addressing infrastructure deficit.

With the addition of Bengaluru to the six cities of Hubbali-Dharwad, Shivamogga, Tumakuru, Belagavi, Davangere and Mangaluru, the state has recieved smart city tag for seven cities in Karnataka. "Less than 25 per cent of the cost of smart city plan will be spent on technology-based pan-city solutions, precisely to prevent the mission from becoming primarily technology-driven".

State capital Shimla has been selected as the second Smart City of Himachal Pradesh after Dharamshala that was brought under the Centre's urban development project past year.


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