NEW DELHI: Marking a key step in the NDA government’s infrastructure push, Minister of Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday announced the list of ninety eight smart cities that the government has shortlisted.
While Uttar Pradesh has bagged the maximum number of smart cities projects at 13, Tamil Nadu has got 12 and Maharashtra 10. Madhya Pradesh will have seven smart cities and Gujarat and Karnataka will have six each.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government plans to spend over Rs 3 lakh crore over the next 5-6 years to recast urban cities. Of the 98 smart cities, 24 are business and industry centres, 18 are cultural and tourist centres & 3 are education and health care hubs, Naidu said.
According to Naidu, “13 crore population across 98 cities which is 35% of urban population will be covered under smart city mission.” “Making them (cities) smart will make them engines of economic growth besides giving decent life to the citizens,” Naidu said.
Smart cities will boast of features like variety of transport options; citizen-friendly governance; smart solutions for infrastructure and services. Here is a list of some of the features that smart cities will have: