In the race of India’s first 100 smart cities project smaller cities dominated
India is on its way in developing its first ever 100 smart cities project. The mission was initiated by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi. In the race of the cities of India to be nominated among the first 100 smart cites the smaller cities seems to be more favoured than the big cities.
The Government has also shared a rough plan about the project, and said that the 100 smart cities mission to be completed in three phases. In the first phase which will be starting this year will be aimed to construct 20 smart cities while the remaining two phases will be constructing 40 smart cities each in and may be strated after a gap of 2 years each.
The mission will be taking very long time to complete and huge amount of capital will be needed, according to the official report it was reported that the mission will be taking alteast 10 to 15 years to complete the mission. The Government has also invited the private firms, developers and builders to contribute the funding and help the mission.
In the poll of nomination of smart cities big cities such as Bihar’s capital Patna, Shimla, Thiruvananthapuram, Gangtok and Bengaluru did not make it to the list issued by the Urban Development Ministry, which includes 98 cities as of now.
Some smaller cities have outdone the state capitals to bag the place in the list. In Bihar, Bihar Sharif got the nomination but Patna could not make it. In Himachal Pradesh Dharamsala has beaten Shimla. Shivamogga in Karnataka was also nominated.
“We have received 98 nominations for Smart City mission in time after detailed evaluation of all urban local bodies in each state and UT is a remarkable achievement.
“This is against the past trend of lethargy and casual approach. This reflects the new sense of urgency on the part of states and UTs to make a difference to our urban landscape,” said Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu