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January 29, 2016

India Launches Its Urban Makeover Plan With Smart Cities

Government of India selected 20 cities that includes five state capitals to launch its Smart Cities Mission. This Mint article explains:


"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 has a weightage of 30%, followed by result orientation (20%), citizen participation (16%), smartness of proposals (10%), strategic plans (10%), vision and goals (5%), evidence-based city profiling and key performance indicators (5%) and processes followed (4%)."


"The cities in order of ranking are: Bhubaneswar, Pune, Jaipur, Surat, Kochi, Ahmedabad, Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh), Visakhapatnam, Solapur (Maharashtra), Davanagere (Karnataka), Indore, New Delhi Municipal Council (Delhi), Coimbatore, Kakinada (Andhra Pradesh), Belagavi (Karnataka), Udaipur, Guwahati, Chennai, Ludhiana and Bhopal."


"A total investment of Rs.50,802 crore has been proposed in these selected cities and towns during the five-year period ending 2019. From the central government, the selected cities will each be given Rs.200 crore in the first year and Rs.100 crore every subsequent year. Plans will be implemented by a special purpose vehicle set up for each city."

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