Government Announces 30 More Smart Cities; Invests Rs 57393 Crore

Pablo Tucker
June 23, 2017

The government on Friday announced the list of 30 cities as smart cities.

The announcement was made in the third and final list of the Smart City Mission at the National Workshop on Urban Transformation in New Delhi today, an official spokesman said here.

These smart cities names were announced by Union Urban development minister M. Venkaiah Naidu. In the new list, the Kerala capital is followed by Chhattisgarh's new capital Naya Raipur. This includes Rs46,879 crore for core infrastructure development and Rs10,514 crore for technology-based development.

60 cities have been announced in 3 rounds of the competition since January 2016, and the remaining 40 proposed cities will be announced by Naidu. These are - Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh), Biharsharif (Bihar), Diu (Daman and Diu), Silvassa (Dadra and Nager Haveli), Kavaratti (Lakshadweep), Navimumbai, Greater Mumbai and Amaravati (Maharashtra), Imphal (Manipur), Shillong (Meghalaya), Dindigul and Erode (Tamil Nadu), Bidhannagar, Durgapur and Haldia (West Bengal), Meerut, Rai Bareilly, Ghaziabad, Sharanpur and Rampur (Uttar Pradesh).

Thiruvananthapuram:As much as Rs 1,538 crore will be spent on developmental projects in Thiruvananthapuram under the Smart Cities Mission, Minister for Local Self-Government K.T. Jaleel said on Friday.

"It is a moment to rejoice as the smart city tag would help better development in Shimla", said chief minister, Virbhadra Singh.

An investment of Rs 57,393 crore has been proposed for development of these 30 cities.

"The work that has been done in the last two years needs to be acknowledged".

The total budget of the Smart City project has now rose to nearly Rs two lakh crore for 90 cities.

Other cities that figured in the latest smart city list included Karimnagar (Telangana), Muzaffarpur (Bihar), Puducherry, Gandhinagar and Dahod (Gujarat), Srinagar and Jammu (Jammu & Kashmir), Sagar and Satna (Madhya Pradesh) and Karnal (Haryana).

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