- 100 Smart Cities Mission gets 9 more cities in the list
- Three cities of Uttar Pradesh are among nine chosen cities
- Each city will get Rs 500 crore from the Centre
From the last 2 years after the launch of “100 Smart Cities Mission”, nine more cities have been added to the list. These nine cities are from seven different states across India. As of now, the smart cities mission includes a total of 99 cities.
“Smart Cities Mission” is an urban renewal and retrofitting program by the Government of India with a mission to develop 100 cities all over the country making them citizen friendly and sustainable. The Union Ministry of Urban Development is responsible for implementing the mission in collaboration with the state governments of the respective cities.
The Indian Cabinet has approved a total of ₹98,000 crore (US$15 billion) for the development of these 100 smart cities.
The nine new cities to enter the list are:
- Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh)
- Moradabad (Uttar Pradesh)
- Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh)
- Erode (Tamil Nadu)
- Bihar Sharif (Bihar)
- Silvassa (Dadra and Nagar Haveli)
- Diu (Daman and Diu)
- Kavaratti (Lakshadweep)
- Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh)
Shillong will be the 100th city provided it submits its proposal to the centre in next three months, a senior official said.
The nine cities were selected from 15 cities that had submitted their proposals to the ministry, the official said.
Under the scheme, each city will get Rs 500 crore from the Centre for implementing various projects. Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, said, “The nine cities have proposed an investment of Rs 12,824 crore (on 409 projects) of which Rs 10,639 crore would be on Area Based Development and Rs 2,185 crore in pan-city initiatives which would impact 35 lakh persons living in these areas.”
Puri also noted that over 189 projects worth Rs 2,237 crore had been completed. All these cities under the program have proposed to take up various project, including “smart” roads, rejuvenation of water bodies, smart classrooms, skill development centres, upgrades to health facilities and pan-city projects like integrated command control centre, etc.