Shimla, Karnal include in Smart City list. New Delhi: The central government on Friday announced a new list of smart cities it include 30 cities to be developed as ‘smart cities’, with Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram topping the list. In the new list, the Kerala capital is followed by Chhattisgarh’s new capital Naya Raipur. The winter and summer capitals of Jammu and Kashmir also feature among the chosen ones. The other state capitals are Shimla (Himachal Pradesh), Dehradun (Uttarakhand), Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh), Patna (Bihar), and Bengaluru (KarnatakaAizawl (Mizoram), Gangtok (Sikkim) and Gandhinagar (Gujarat).“A total of 45 cities contested for 40 available Smart City slots but only 30 were selected to ensure feasible and workable plans that match the aspirations of the citizens, as directed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Urban Development and Housing Minister Venkaiah Naidu said. Though the government was expecting to announce the names of 40 cities.But due to non-participation of Bengal and failure of some city municipal bodies to score minimum required qualifying mark during evaluation brought the numbers down. Naidu said these 30 cities identified on Friday entailed investment of Rs 57,393 crore, including Rs 46,879 crore for ensuring core infrastructure in areas identified by citizens, and Rs 10,514 crore for technology-based solutions, service delivery and utilisation of infrastructure.The 30 smart cities named on Friday propose to build affordable housing projects benefiting the urban poor, or school, housing projects, and smart road widening projects, besides enabling cycling.
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