Govt Announces 30 More Cities Under Smart City Mission
Updated On June 23, 2017
The government on June 23 announced a fresh list of 30 cities that will be developed under the Smart Cities Mission. With this the total number of cities selected under the government's ambitious plan now stands at 90. This time 45 cities had contested for the remaining 40 slots.
Thiruvanathapuram topped the list followed by Chhattisgarh capital Naya Raipur. Some of the other cities include Jammu, Srinagar and Dehradun. On the other hand, Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad, Meerut and Raebareli could not make it to the list.
While conceding that for a country as large as India developing just 100 smart cities is not enough, Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu recently said that his government would be coming up with the list of 40 more cities by next month that will be upgraded under the ambitious Smart Cities Mission. Sixty cities have already been chosen to be developed as Smart City, and have been granted Rs 200 crore each for the purpose.
It is worth mentioning here that while ambitious government schemes aimed at redefining the country’s infrastructure won Prime Minister Narendra Modi much accolade, his government’s actual performance would be rated on how fast and effectively these plans were implemented. What makes the task difficult to achieve is the fact that many swift alterations will have to be made at policy and other levels to implement plans such as Housing for All, the Smart City Mission and the Swachh Bharat Mission.
After the government completes the selection process and names all the cities that are to be developed as smart cities, a key part of the job will be done. From thereon, plans made on paper would begin to take shape and it would be all about implementation.
It is worth mentioning here that PM Modi made an announcement about his government's plans to develop 100 smart cities in 2015, and launched the project a year after. As the country’s real estate sector struggles to come out of a slowdown that has been looming over it for the past couple of years, his government is hurrying up to turn plans into reality to revive the sector.
"There is a new urban renaissance taking place. We have problems, but our cities and towns are galvanised to meet new challenges, new ideas, and a new orientation," Naidu said at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit in Gandhinagar recently while announcing the plans to complete the selection process of the Smart City list.