Govt Adds 9 More Names In Smart City List, Number Reaches 99
The government has added nine names in its smart cities list. These cities are Biharsharif (Bihar), Diu (Daman & Diu), Erode (Tamil Nadu), Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh), Kavaratti (Lakshwadeep) and Bareilly, Moradabad & Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh). The list now has a total 99 cities to be developed as smart ones.
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has also announced Surat as the highest ranked smart city for implementing and completing largest number of projects. Other cities that got ranked for good performance are Pune, Visakhapatnam, Udaipur, Bhubaneswar, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Coimbatore, Jaipur and Indore.
Last year, the government on June 23 announced the names of 30 cities under the mission. At that time, 45 cities had contested for the remaining 40 slots.
In developing stage
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.
As the government has selected the cities that are to be developed as smart cities, a key part of the job is done. From hereon, 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.