The Jammu & Kashmir government wants to include both Jammu and Srinagar to develop as smart city under ‘Smart Cities Mission’. The J&K government had already sent the proposal for both cities to the Centre. Even though the state is entitled for funds to develop only one city as smart city, the Union urban development ministry is carfull weighing its options.
According to the centre reports under 100 smart cities mission to develop the cities as smart cities over the next five years, each state I entitled to a specific number of cities for which it would be given funds. The centre has decided Jammu and Kashmir can develop only one city as smart city under the smart cities mission.
A senior ministry official told ET, “it is a sensitive state and we do not want to take a tough stand. We are trying to find a way out of this.
According to sources, Naidu would have two options – seeing the sensitivity of the question either increase the number of smart cities to 101 or give the same money to the state and ask it to develop the two cities by evenly dividing that amount. The official said, “It is a Cabinet decision to give each state a specific number depending on its population. So we cannot really give more money to J&K. But the question needs to be examined.”
The ministry has also asked the state to re-examine the issue and still make a choice between the cities. J&K government has a tough choice as Jammu is its winter capital and Srinagar its summer capital. The official said, “A similar case has been reported from UP, which has to develop 13 smart cities.”