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Trivandrum Tops Smart City List
45 cities contested for 40 available smart city slots but only 30 were selected to ensure feasible and workable plans | By Yentha
On Jun 23, 2017

Trivandrum: The government today announced a new list of 30 Smart Cities to be taken up for development as part of its Smart City Mission.Kerala's capital Trivandrum has topped the government's latest list of 30 Smart Cities selected under its Smart City mission. Following Trivandrum, Naya Raipur in Chattigarh came in at second spot while Rajkot in Gujarat came at third city to be taken up for development by the government under the Smart City mission. 

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 while launching the mission," said Venkaiah Naidu, while speaking at the National Workshop on Urban Transformation. With the addition of 30 new cities, the total cities taken up for Smart Cities Mission totals to 90. Other cities like Amaravati, Gandhinagar, Bengaluru, Pimpri Chinchwad, Dehradun, Jammu, Jhansi, etc., have been selected in the new 30 Smart Cities list. It launched the Smart City Mission on June 25, 2015.
 
Naidu further said that the 30 cities announced on Friday proposed a total investment of Rs 57,393 crore under respective Smart City plans. "This includes Rs.46,879 crore for ensuring core infrastructure in the areas identified by citizens for area based development and Rs.10,514 crore for technology based solutions for improving governance, service delivery and utilisation of infrastructure," Naidu said.
With this the total investment approved under the smart city plans of 90 cities has gone up to Rs.1,91,155 crore, he further added. Naidu said 20 cities will be contesting for the remaining 10 slots under Smart City mission.

These 20 cities include Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh), Biharsharif (Bihar), Diu (Daman & Diu), Silvassa (Dadra and Nager Haveli), Kavaratti (Lakshadweep), Navi Mumbai, 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 (UP), he added.

 
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