India : Government Announces First 20 'Smart Cities'- Key Highlights

NEW DELHI,India:  The government today announced first 20 winners of a nationwide competition to pick cities and towns for a 'Smart City' makeover.

Here are the highlights:

  • Paradigm shift in our approach to urban development
  • Perhaps first time in the world, investment are being made on the basis of selection of cities
  • Ambitious game changer that seeks  to transform the cities and towns into sustainable centres of academic activity providing improved quality of life
  • This game changing mission marks the end of usual business approach in the country
  • Integrated plans and proposals so that there is maximum analysis, planning, coordination and minimum delays
  • Implementation will demonstrate how integrated planning area development smart technology can deliver better quality of life
  • PM Modi believes in total transformation of the country - Planning Commission converted into Niti Aayog
  • Changes and challenges and desired outcomes are there. It was imperative to pick up cities and towns that can face these challenges
  • So we introduced an element of competition to pick up the best candidates
  • City Challenge Competition was a rigorous and demanding as the Civil Service examination conducted by the UPSC
  • The whole process of competition was conducted in an objective and transparent manner
  • Bottom up approach has been the key planning principle under 'Smart City' mission
  • The results of the competition revealed the unrecognized strength of the federal structure in our country
  • Smart City Plans have been prepared by the Urban Local Bodies and the States
  • A total investment of Rs.50,802 crore has been proposed in the selected Smart Cities and towns during the five year period
  • Nothing has been dictated from Delhi, nothing has been decided by Delhi, nothing has been designed by Delhi
  • Everything has been done at the urban local bodies level. Citizen participation is mandatory.
  • Bloomberg technology state governments urban local bodies standardised templates with a set of 43 questions based on sheer merit
  • In terms of population, these 20 cities account for 3.54 crore people
  • Bhubaneswar tops the list of smart city
  • The list includes, Bhuvaneshwar, Pune, Jaipur, Surat, Kochi, Ahmedabad, Jabal, Vizag, Shilapur, Dhavangiri, Indore, NDMC, Coimbatore, Kakinada, Belgaum, Udaipur, Guwahati, Chennai, Ludhiana, Bhopal.

Story First Published by NDTV : January 28, 2016 15:08 IST

Source : http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/first-20-smart-cities-announcement-highlight-1271020

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