Out of the 98 shortlisted for the ‘Smart Cities Mission’, the Union government has released the names of the first 20 that will be funded and developed by it.
A smart city uses information and communication technologies to enhance quality of urban services. It aims to reduce costs and increase citizen engagement.
The cities are – Bhubaneswar, Pune, Jaipur, Surat, Kochi, Ahmedabad, Jabalpur, Visakhapatnam, Solapur, Davangere, Indore, New Delhi, Coimbatore, Kakinada, Belgaum, Udaipur, Guwahati, Chennai, Ludhiana, and Bhopal.
Minister of Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu released the list on Thursday.
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The selected cities will get an investment of Rs. 50, 802 crore for a five-year period. With this investment, the focus will be on assured water and power supply, efficient public transport system, e-governance, solid waste management etc.
The Cabinet had approved the smart cities plan in 2015. The cities brought out the proposals after holding consultations with the public.