98 make it to PM’s  ‘Smart Cities’ list

Patna, Shimla, Bengaluru and Kolkata left out .

New Delhi : In a move aimed at enhancing the quality of urban life, the government on Thursday unveiled a list of 98 cities for the Smart City Mission.

The central government proposes to give financial support to the extent of Rs.48000 crore to these cities over the next five years, Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said here.

Naidu said a population of 13 crore across these cities will be covered under the initiative.

“There are 13 cities from Uttar Pradesh, 12 from Tamil Nadu, 10 from Maharashtra, seven from Madhya Pradesh and three each from Bihar and Andhra Pradesh in the list,” Naidu told the media here.

“Smart cities need smart people. We need people’s cooperation to move forward in our mission. Making them smart will make them engines of economic growth besides giving decent life to the citizens,” he added.

The cities include 24 capitals of states and union territories. Cities that were not nominated include Itanagar, Patna,

Shimla, Bengaluru and Kolkata. They are all in non BJP-ruled states.

In Maharashtra, the 10 nominated smart cities are Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Nashik, Kalyan-Dombivali, Pune, Aurangabad, Solapur, Nagpur and Amravati.

Chandigarh, a union territory that is the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana and is the country’s only planned city, has also made it to the list.

Each Smart City would get a central assistance of Rs.100 crore per year for five years.

The list of 98 Smart cities released by the government are Port Blair, Vishakhapatnam, Tirupati, Kakinada, Pasighat, Guwahati, Muzaffarpur, Bhagalpur, Biharsharif, Chandigarh, Raipur, Bilaspur, Diu, Silvassa, NDMC, Panaji, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Dahod, Karnal, Faridabad, Dharamsala, Ranchi, Mangaluru, Belagavi, Shivamogga, Hubballi-Dharwad, Tumakuru, Davanegere, Kochi, Kavaratti, Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Gwalior, Sagar, Satna, Ujjain, Navi Mumbai, Nasik, Thane, Greater Mumbai, Amaravati, Solapur, Nagpur, Kalyan-Dombivalli, Aurangabad, Pune, Imphal, Shillong, Aizawl, Kohima, Bhubaneswar, Rourkela, Oulgaret, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Jaipur, Udaipur, Kota, Ajmer, Namchi, Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli, Dindigul, Thanjavur, Tiruppur, Salem, Vellore, Coimbatore, Madurai, Erode, Thoothukudi, Chennai, Greater Hyderabad, Greater Warangal, Agartala, Moradabad, Aligarh, Shaharanpur, Bareilly, Jhansi, Kanpur, Allahabad, Lucknow, Varanasi, Ghaziabad, Agra, Rampur, Dehradun, New Town Kolkata, Bidhannagar, Durgapur and Haldia.

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