Bhubaneswar, Pune, Jaipur, Surat, Kochi, Ahmedabad, Jabalpur, Visakhapatnam, Solapur, Davanagere, Indore, New Delhi Municipal Council, Combattore, Kakinada, Belagavi, Udaipur, Guwahati, Chennai, Ludhiana and Bhopal has been declared as the Top 20 Smart Cities in India as per Smart City Challenge Competition.
Announcing the cities, minister of urban development M Venkaiah Naidu said, “The winners were from 11 states and Delhi and the selection was totally objective and transparent based on standardized processes.”
The minister informed that 23 states and UTs who could not make to the list of winners will be given an opportunity to participate in a ‘fast track competition’. Each top ranking city form these left out states can upgrade their smart city proposals and submit them by April 15, this year for inclusion in the mission.
Top 20 Smart Cities As per Smart City Challenge Competition
Rank – City – State
1. Bhubaneswar – Odisha
2. Pune – Maharashtra
3. Jaipur – Rajasthan
4. Surat – Gujarat
5. Kochi – Kerala
6. Ahmedabad – Gujarat
7. Jabalpur – Madhya Pradesh
8. Visakhapatnam – Andhra Pradesh
9. Solapur – Maharashtra
10. Davanagere – Karnataka
11. Indore – MP
12. New Delhi Municipal Council – Delhi
13. Combattore – Tamil Nadu
14. Kakinada – Andhra Pradesh
15. Belagavi – Karnataka
16. Udaipur – Rajasthan
17. Guwahati – Assam
18. Chennai – Tamil Nadu
19. Ludhiana – Punjab
20. Bhopal – MP
Source: Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India
Naidu informed that the 20 winning cities and towns have proposed a total investment of Rs 50,802 crore over five years with all the cities proposing Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) as a major vehicle of resource mobilization.
10 of the 20 cities have proposed to mobilise Rs 8,521 crore under PPP model while others have also indicated this option. A total area of 26,735 acres has been identified by these cities for making them smart through necessary interventions.
Elaborating on the advantages of Smart City Mission, Venkaiah Naidu said that this leads to integrated urban planning by addressing the issue of infrastructure, land use planning, transport, urban design and architecture in a holistic manner unlike in the past. Stating that building a smart city is not a destination but a series of small steps in that direction.