Winners, losers learn from each other
Contenders of Smart Cities, who could not make the cut in the first batch, are to interact with 20 winners to bridge the identified gaps in their Smart City Plans. Representatives of 23 cities, which could not make it to…

Contenders of Smart Cities, who could not make the cut in the first batch, are to interact with 20 winners to bridge the identified gaps in their Smart City Plans.

Representatives of 23 cities, which could not make it to the first list, will be in talks with officials of 20 cities which were selected in the competition, to make better proposals for the next round.

This will take place at a day long workshop being organised by the Urban Development Ministry. They will be participating in the accelerated round of competition, under which they have to submit revised proposals to the Ministry by April 15 this year.

Areas required to be improved include financing plans, convergence of different schemes of central and state governments, smart and frugal solutions and consistency of area development plans.

Minister of Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu will also address the representatives of 43 cities.

The 20 smart city winners will also discuss the next steps on operationalisation of special purpose vehicles (SPVs), project formulation and resource mobilisation.

Experts from the Centre for Science and Environment, Institute of Spatial Planning and Environment Research, Indian Institute of Human Settlements, World Bank, and Asian Development Bank, among others, will guide the winners and losers on the future steps.

The 23 cities participating in the ‘Fast Track Competition’ include Warangal (Telangana), Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), New Town Kolkata, Panaji (Goa), Pasighat (Arunachal Pradesh), Dharamshala, (Himachal Pradesh), Raipur (Chhattisgarh), Bhagalpur (Bihar) and Karnal (Haryana) and Chandigarh.

Others include Shillong (Meghalaya), Namchi (Sikkim), Port Blair (Andaman and Nicobar Islands), Diu (Daman and Diu), Oulgaret (Puducherry), Silvassa (Dadra and Nagar Haveli), Imphal (Manipur), Ranchi (Jharkhand), Agartala (Tripura), Kohima (Nagaland), Aizawl (Mizoram) Kavaratti (Lakshadweep), and Dehradun (Uttarkhand).

As per the Smart City Mission, only 20 cities were to be selected in the first year and 40 each in the subsequent two years for extending financial support.

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