Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu announced on Jan 28 the first list of 20 cities that will be developed to have the basic infrastructure to make them Smart Cities.
The objectives of the plan included assured water and power supply, sanitation and solid waste management systems, efficient urban mobility and public transportation, IT connectivity, e-governance and citizen participation.
“Nobody can stop an idea whose time has come and this applies to the Smart City (initiative as well),” Naidu said while announcing the list of cities selected through the ‘Smart City Challenge Competition’.
Releasing the list of 20 top winners, he said a total investment of Rs 508.02 billion has been proposed for the selected Smart Cities and towns during the five year period.
In the subsequent years, the government will announce 40 cities each to be developed as Smart Cities as per Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to develop 100 Smart Cities in the country.
The cities in the first list have made it to the top of the competition based on implementation framework, including feasibility and cost-effectiveness, which had a weightage of 30 per cent, followed by result orientation (20 per cent), citizen participation (16 per cent), smartness of proposal (10 per cent), strategic plan (10 per cent), vision and goals (5 per cent), evidence-based city profiling and key performance indicators (5 per cent) and processes followed (4 per cent).
Congratulating the winners, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “I wish the cities the very best as they move forward with the implementation and transform urban India.”
The contest was as rigorous and demanding as the civil services competition to enter into the elite Indian Administrative Service, Naidu quipped.
“For the first time in the country and perhaps in the world, investments in urban development are being made based on a competition among cities. The results of the competition revealed the unrecognised strength of our federal structure,” he said.