Announcing the new batch of smart cities at a National Workshop on Urban Transformation in New Delhi today, minister of urban development and housing and urban poverty alleviation M Venkaiah Naidu said the 30 cities were selected from among 45 that contested for 40 available smart city slots.
An investment of Rs 57,393 crore has been proposed under smart city plans.
Out of the fourth list released by the centre today, three cities from the Northeast made it to the list and they are - Aizawl in Mizoram, Gangtok in Sikkim and Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh.
With this the total investment approved under the smart city plans of 90 cities has gone up to Rs 1,91,155 crore. The State authorities then altered the proposal into one based on the retrofitting concept but the proposal failed to make it to the list of selected proposals yet again during September 2016 though the score of the proposal had improved.
Out of this amount, Rs 46,879 crore will be dedicated to developing core infrastructure in the areas demarcated by the denizens of the selected cities and Rs 10,514 crore for developing technology-based solutions for better governance, smooth service delivery and optimum utilisation of infrastructure. With this, total count of prospective Smart Cities rose to 90. "Hence, smart city projects are not mere real estate projects and meant for just cosmetic changes", he said.
Naidu also launched the City Liveability Index which will help a city to know where it stands in ensuring the quality of life to its citizens. The Smart Cities Mission of the government is a bold, new initiative.
The Deputy Chief Minister was interacting with several deputations after the twin capital cities of the state qualified under the Smart City Initiative of the central government.
Naidu said that ABD accounts for over 10 per cent of the area and population in case of quite a few cities.
After the Urban Development ministry on 27 August, 2015 pushed Dharamsala as front runner for Smart City, the then Mayor, Sanjay Chauhan had even taken the battle to court.