New Delhi, June 23: After Good Governance, Kerala topped the list of becoming ‘Smart Cities’. Congratulations as Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala topped the list of third batch of Smart cities. Union Minister for Urban Development M Vekaiah Naidu announced the batch of 30 Smart Cities.
While announcing the new batch of smart cities at a National Workshop on Urban Transformation Minister Venkaiah Naidu said, 45 cities were contested for 40 available smart city slots but only 30 were selected. With this the total number of smart cities has gone up to 90. Among the 30 cities unveiled were Thiruvananthapuram, Bengaluru, Patna, Jammu, Shimla and Allahabad.
Minister Naidu said that there will be no compromise in selection of cities and quality of smart city plans. Again more 20 cities will be contesting for the remaining 10 slots under smart city mission.He informed that the 30 cities announced today proposed a total investment of 57 thousand 393 crore rupees under respective smart city plans.
With this the total investment approved under the smart city plans of 90 cities has gone up to one lakh 91 thousand 155 crore rupees. Naidu said selection of cities for smart city development is running ahead of schedule and the remaining cities will submit revised smart city plans for filling up the vacant slots.
What are Smart Cities?
The selected cities will be developed to have basic infrastructure, including water and power supply, sanitation management, efficient public transport, e-governance and IT connectivity. The Cabinet had approved the smart cities plan in 2015.