The list includes 24 business and industrial centres, 24 capitals, 18 cultural and tourism cities and five port cities. While 64 small and medium category cities made to the list nine capitals fail to be selected
Union Urban Development minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday announced the list of 98 cities nominated for the Smart City Mission, saying 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, three each from Bihar and Andhra Pradesh included in the list," Naidu told media persons at an interaction in Delhi.
The Minister informed that nine capital cities, Itanagar, Patna, Shimla, Bengaluru, Daman, Thiruvananthapuram, Puducherry, Gangtok and Kolkata failed to be selected and this goes to prove that the smart city selection was not influenced by the stature or importance of the cities.
Naidu said that with the selection of almost all the cities under the Smart Cities Mission, all the selected cities will have to prepare city level Smart City Plans and these will be evaluated in the second stage of competition based on a broad set of criteria to pick up the top scoring 20 cities for financing during this financial year. Funds may be released to these 20 cities by the end of this year, he said. Others will be asked to improve upon the identified deficiencies before participating in the next two rounds of competition.
Those cities to be selected in the second stage of competition would be provided with central assistance of Rs200 crore in the first year followed by Rs100 crore each year during the next three years, the Minister informed.
From Maharashtra, Navi Mumbai, Nashik, Thane, Greater Mumbai, Amravati, Solapur, Nagpur, Kalyan-Dombivali, Aurangabad, Pune are included in the Smart City scheme.
Here is the list of states and number of cities that have been nominated by the government:
1. Andaman and Nicobar Islands 1 (Port Blair)
2. Andhra Pradesh 3 (Vishakhapatnam, Tirupati, Kakinada)
3. Arunachal Pradesh 1 (Pasighat)
4. Assam 1 (Guwahati)
5. Bihar 3 (Muzaffarpur, Bhagalpur, Biharsharif)
6. Chandigarh 1
7. Chhattisgarh 2 (Raipur, Bilaspur)
8. Dadra and Nagar Haveli 1 (Silvassa)
9. Daman and Diu 1 (Diu)
10. Delhi 1 (NDMC)
11. Goa 1 (Panaji)
12. Gujarat 6 (Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Dahod)
13. Haryana 2 (Karnal Faridabad)
14. Himachal Pradesh 1 (Dharamshala)
15. Jharkhand 1 (Ranchi)
16. Karnataka 6 (Mangaluru, Belagavi, Shivamogga, Hubballi-Dharwad, Tumakuru, Davanegere)
17. Kerala 1 (Kochi)
18. Lakshadweep 1 (Kavarrati)
19. Madhya Pradesh 7 (Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Gwalior, Sagar, Satna, Ujjain)
20. Maharashtra 10 (Navi Mumbai, Nashik, Thane, Greater Mumbai, Amravati, Solapur, Nagpur, Kalyan-Dombivali, Aurangabad, Pune )
21. Manipur 1 (Imphal)
22. Meghalaya 1 (Shillong)
23. Mizoram 1 (Aizawl)
24. Nagaland 1 (Kohima)
25. Odisha 2 (Bhubaneshwar, Raurkela)
26. Puducherry 1 (Oulgaret)
27. Punjab 3 (Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar)
28. Rajasthan 4 (Jaipur, Udaipur, Kota, Ajmer)
29. Sikkim 1 (Namchi)
30. Tamil Nadu 12 (Tiruchirapalli, Chennai, Tiruppur, Coimbatore, Vellore, Salem, Erode, Thanjavur, Tirunelveli, Dindigul, Madurai, Thoothukudi)
31. Telangana 2 (Greater Hyderabad, Greater Warangal)
32. Tripura 1 (Agartala)
33. Uttar Pradesh 13 (Moradabad, Aligarh, Saharanpur, Bareilly, Jhansi, Kanpur, Allahabad, Lucknow, Varanasi, Ghaziabad, Agra, Rampur)
34. Uttarakhand 1 (Dehradun)
35. West Bengal 4 (New Town Kolkata, Bidhannagar, Durgapur, Haldia)
Jammu & Kashmir has sought more time to decide upon names for the Smart City Mission.
"Smart cities need smart people. We need people's co-operation to move forward in our mission," he added.
The central government proposes to give financial support to the extent of Rs48,000 crore to these cities over the next five years, Naidu said.
"Around 13 crore population across 98 cities will be covered under the Smart City Mission. Making them smart will make them engines of economic growth besides giving decent life to the citizens".
The minister said the prime motive of the initiative was to enhance urban life. A smart city would ensue core infrastructure needed for decent living in urban areas. We are not aiming at making our urban landscape look fanciful and flashy. The prime objective is to enhance the quality of urban life by addressing deficiencies in core infrastructure. Expectations in various quarters may be high but the Mission is very practical and realistic in its intentions and objectives,” Naidu added.