The waiting time for India’s first 20 smart cities is over as the Government will be releasing the list of 20 cities which will be developed as the India’s first smart cities today. Earlier the government has announced that the list of first 20 smart cities will be released before the republic day of India the 26th January 2016. » Read more
Finally, the expert committee set up by the Urban Development Ministry has selected the first 20 cities out of 98 cities to develop as a smart city under India’s 100 Smart City Mission. The Union Minister of Urban Development M. Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said that the first list of 20 smart cities would be out by the end of the month. M. Venkaiah Naidu has also said that the ministry has no role in the selection of the cities.
According to the news reports, the Urban Development Ministry has successfully completed the first and second selection process of smart cities in the stipulated time duration. In the first year 2016, only 20 cities would be selected, while the next two years will see the inclusion of 40 and 38 cities.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited the foreign and Indian private companies to participate in Smart City Mission of India. As per the result about 48 percent increase in foreign direct investment in the country, while the government is encouraging local entrepreneurship through different schemes. Mr. V. Naidu said that the government has targeted to finance Rs. 1.25 lakh crore by this March-end.
Recently, The Prime Minister conducted a meeting of State Agriculture Ministers in Sikkim, the first organic farming State of the country. With all these efforts, the Prime Minister wants to spread a message of national unity for transforming India. News Source The Hindu