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The Urban Development Ministry has allowed 9 more cities to participate in the upcoming Smart Cities Mission competition.
As per The Hindu report, the Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu, due to “political compulsions”, has allowed nine more capitals, including Patna, Thiruvanthapuram, Bengaluru, Amravati, Itanagar, and Gangatok to participate in the next round of competition.
The report also adds that the Ministry has also allowed the governments of Jammu and Kahmir and Uttar Pradesh to nominate two cities( Rai Bareli and Meerut) in contravention of the rules.
As per the guidelines announced last year, the smart cities would be selected through a two-stage process. First, a state would shortlist potential city and send the name to the Centre, then these nominated cities would compete with each other.
The entire process is incentive-based. The cities are selected on the basis of scores received by them for carrying out urban reforms in areas needing attention like sanitation and governance.
The Urban Development Ministry had selected 20 cities in January, 40 more will be added to the list by the end of 2016.
Each city will be given Rs 500 crore by the Centre over five years for development of the city into a smart city, and the state government will have to match the Centre’s contribution. Source: http://zeenews.india.com/business/news/economy/9-new-cities-added-to-smart-cities-list-taking-total-from-100-to-109_1902703.html
On the occasion of the first anniversary of the Centre’s ‘Smart City mission’ project, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Saturday launched the most ambitious ‘Smart City Projects’ Under the Smart Cities Mission in Pune.
PM Modi has launched 84 “Smart City” projects in Pune. Of them, 14 projects are designated for Pune alone, and 69 projects are earmarked for 19 other cities across the country at an investment of around Rs 2,000 crore and Modi also said it’s a mass movement.
The 20 selected Smart Cities were linked to the Pune venue through video conferencing wherein their states’ Chief Ministers and other leaders gave details of their plans for the Smart Cities in their states and interacted with the PM. PM Modi urged people to consider urbanisation as an opportunity and he has also said gone are the days when it was seen as a challenge or obstacle.
PM Modi while addressing more than 5,000 leaders of different segment said, “Smart City Mission is now succeeding as a people’s movement as envisaged”.
PM Modi said that over 25 lakh people have given valuable suggestion to his government at their official website.
Besides this PM Modi also inaugurated a contest on ‘Make Your City Smart’ and a Smart Net Portal at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Balewadi, few kilometres away from Pune city.
In this function, the Maharashtra State Governor CV Rao was also present along with Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu. Click here Discussion Smart Cities : www.discussion.smartcitiesprojects.com
PM Narendra Modi would launch projects under his government’s most ambitious programme – Smart Cities Mission – on Saturday here, kick-starting the execution of the schemes to be implemented in 20 cities.
Modi would launch Pune’s 14 projects, along with 69 of other cities, entailing a total investment of about Rs1,770 crore at a special function at the city’s Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex at Balewadi. The 20 selected cities would be linked through videoconferencing.
The cities participating in the Mission have proposed a total investment of Rs48,000 crore in area development and Pan-city solutions. They have proposed public-private partnership (PPP) as a major vehicle of resource mobilization. Ten of the 20 cities have proposed to mobilize Rs8,521 crore under the PPP model, while the others have also indicated this option. A total 26,735 acres has been identified by these cities to make them smart through necessary interventions.
Saturday’s launch would also mark the beginning of the implementation of the urban development plans based on the government’s five-year action plan formulated after analysis of infrastructure gaps in over 500 cities under the Smart Cities Mission and AMRUT, accounting for about 70% of the country’s urban population.
During the Lok Sabha elections campaign, the BJP had made Smart Cities Mission a main poll plank and had sought urban votes promising to convert cities into “smart cities”.
The ministry of urban development has urged the 20 smart cities selected in the first round of the competition to quickly firm up bankable projects for obtaining loan assistance from the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank and the Brics Development Bank. Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/PM-Modi-to-flag-off-83-projects-for-20-cities/articleshow/52910132.cms
After the successful launch of Smart City Mission to develop 100 smart cities across India. Finally, first 20 smart cities work will start from June 25 with 14 projects in Pune and 69 other projects will commence in other parts of the country with the total cost of Rs 1,770 crore.
PM Modi will launch projects from Pune’s 5,000-capacity Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex for celebrating the first anniversary of government’s flagship 100 Smart City Mission.
The Urban Development Minister said the Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch Smart City Projects June 25, 2016, kick-starting execution of Smart City Plans of 20 cities selected in the first round of ‘Smart City Challenge Competition.
He also said apart from the Pune’s projects other 69
such project works will be launched on the same day in the other ‘smart cities’ with an investment of Rs 1,770 crore.
The main thing is that these projects are related to the solid waste management under Swachh Bharat Mission, water supply projects, sewage treatment plants and development of open and green spaces under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT).
These projects will also include providing housing for urban poor under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and area development and technology based pan-city solutions under Smart Cities Mission.
PM Modi will also start ‘Make Your City SMART’ contest for designing smart cities with the participation of citizens and winners will get a reward ranging from Rs 10,000 to Rs one lakh.
The urban development minister also said the suggestions and designs suggested by the citizens will be duly incorporated by the respective smart cities.
The prime minister will also inaugurate ‘Smart Net Portal’ which enables the cities under different urban missions to share ideas and solutions for various issues during the implementation of various missions.
The launch of all the first batch of 20 smart cities under Smart Cities Mission will be linked through video-conferencing. The selected first 20 cities to develop as smart cities have proposed a total investment of Rs. 48,000 crore in area development and pan-city solutions.
In this mission, some project to be launched for mini-sewerage treatment plants, 444 smart classrooms, bio-methanation plant, WiFi, smart LED streetlights, city surveillance and command and control centre would be initiated.
On this occasion, the Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagara Rao and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, among others will present.
Besides Maharashtra’s Pune, other cities whose projects would be launched include Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Bhubaneswar (Odisha), Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh), Jaipur (Rajasthan), Kakinada (Andhra Pradesh), Kochi (Kerala) and Belagavi (Karnataka).
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