9 cities selected for smart cities; To invest Rs. 12,824 Cr

The government has selected 9 cities for Round 4 of National Smart Cities Challenge.

Announcing the results, Hardeep S. Puri , Minister of State (I/C) for Housing & Urban Affairs said, “Silvassa from Dadar & Nagar Haveli has topped the list of winning cities in this round of competition. Other winning cities are: Erode, Tamil Nadu; Diu, Daman & Diu; Biharsharif, Bihar; Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh; Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh; Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh; Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh; and Kavaratti, Lakshwadeep.

The selected cities have proposed an investment of Rs. 12,824 crores of which Rs. 10,639 crores would be in Area Based Development (ABD) and Rs, 2,185 crores in pan-city initiatives which would be impacting 35.3 lakh persons living in these areas.

Addressing the media persons here today, the Minister said that, “It is heartening to note that the winning cities have improved the quality of their Smart City Proposals by 19% (average) to become eligible for selection. Each city has developed a unique vision and has selected an area (ABD) which will be developed as a lighthouse, to be replicated by the city.

The cities will focus on smart roads, rejuvenation of water bodies, cycle tracks, walking paths, smart classrooms, skill development centres, upgradation of health facilities and pan-city projects which include integrated command control centre and ICT based municipal services.

Previously, 20 cities were selected in January 2016, 13 cities in May 2016, 27 cities in September 2016 and 30 cities in June 2017. With the selection of these nine cities, the total proposed investment in the 99 Smart City Mission would Rs. 203,979 crores.