5,151 Projects Proposed Under Smart Cities Mission: Govt
A total of 5,151 projects have been suggested by cities in their Smart City Proposals, Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri told the Rajya Sabha on January 3. In a written reply, the minister told the Upper House that all the cities had incorporated special purpose vehicles and constituted city-level advisory while 97 of them had procured project management consultants.
The government in 2015 had announced its plans to develop 100 smart cities, and launched the project a year after.
With the selection of Shillong to receive funding under the Centre's flagship mission in June last year, the list of 100 cities was completed. Biharsharif (Bihar), Diu (Daman & Diu), Erode (Tamil Nadu), Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh), Kavaratti (Lakshwadeep) and Bareilly, Moradabad & Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh) were included in the list in January. In June 2017, the government had announced the names of 30 cities under the mission.