Government names nine new cities under 'Smart Cities Mission': Here's the list

Government Announces Nine More Smart Cities Silvassa Tops The List

The mission of hundred smart cities was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June 2015.

Singh will reach on Saturday and whereas secretary, the ministry of urban development, Durga Shanker Mishra will arrive on Friday.

On Friday, Puri announced the name of nine more smart cities, taking the total to 99. The others in the list include Erode (Tamil Nadu), Diu (Daman & Diu), Bihar Sharif (Bihar), Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh), Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh), Moradabad (Uttar Pradesh), Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh) and Kavaratti (Lakshwadeep). Ever since then, 90 cities have been identified to be developed smart cities.

The funding sources for these projects are proposed to be with SCM - with contribution from State and Centre 61.25 per cent, convergence 24.19 per cent, Public Private Partnership (PPP) 12.90 per cent, own sources 1.57 per cent, and other sources 0.09 per cent. Puri said Kolkata's New Town, which was selected for the mission in May 2016, was yet to form a special objective vehicle to start implementing the projects.

The proposed investment in the latest nine cities is Rs 12,824 crore (on 409 projects), of which Rs 10,639 crore would be on Area Based Development, and Rs 2,185 crore on pan-city initiatives which would impact 35 lakh persons living in these areas. This was proposed to be done through the application of information and communications technology (ICT) for efficient management of basic urban services such as water supply, sanitation, housing, waste management and urban mobility.

Under the smart cities scheme, central will allocate Rs 500 crore to each city for implementing various projects. "With more and more cities now equipped with a team of consultants and administrative teams, we can expect the progress in the start of work in projects to grow exponentially, over the next six months", he said.

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