After the announcement of the third list of smart cities, the government has given a new kick start to Atal Mission of Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT). This is an urban renewal plan of Central government which was launched to transform 500 cities across India. Under the lead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the urban development ministry has decided to clear urban renewal projects worth Rs 25,000 crore for the next three years this month.
The government has identified 474 cities across 18 states and Union Territories to improve the basic infrastructure under AMRUT programme for 2015-16 with the budget of Rs. 19,170 crores.
Srikalahasti and Kavali in Andhra Pradesh along with Siddipet in the Telangana have been selected under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) cities.
The participating states and Union Territories of other states have identified the 40 cities out of 98 smart cites, 201 cities out of 482 AMRUT Cities and 5 out of HRIDAY cities. Only Gujarat state is responsible for 40 of the 98 smart city candidates.
After releasing the list of 98 smart cites by Urban development ministry the central government will be provided Rs. 2 crore per city for the preparation of the city level smart city plans with the assistance of technical and other agencies.
According to the reports, two more meetings will be held in Hyderabad and Kolkata cities. “if you can do so, we can certainly deliver smart cities”. Venkaiah Naidu and other government officials discussed on various aspects of smart city plans.
He said that the urban areas of the country would be recast to make more livable and more effective.
Mr Venkaiah said, It is the ambitions of the citizens of a city and its governing body and their willingness to change their mindset and their ability to break new ground to mobilize resources that defines the contours and limits of a Smart City Plan for each city.
He said if local municipalities have a strong balance-sheet, they would be able to access funds from various sources, including global sources. The Centre would also play a role in supporting various initiatives over the next five years.
He said that the transfer of divisible revenues to the states has been increased by a whopping 10% besides enhanced assistance of Rs.64, 032 crore to urban local bodies over the next five years and he also said the Smart City Mission was based on selection while the Ata Mission (for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation program) was by entitlement.
Recently the Union Urban Development Minister Vankaiah Naydu has announced the list of 98 smart cities including the 24 state capital cities.