The government has announced the names of 13 more cities that will be developed under the Centre's 'Smart City Mission' with Lucknow in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh topping the list, followed by Warangal in Telangana and Dharmashala in Himachal Pradesh.
Twenty-three cities with the higher rankings from as many states and Union terrritories, which failed to get representation in the first round of a competition held in January, participated in the 'Fast Track Competition', the result of which was announced by Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu.
Of these 23 cities, only 13 could qualify for the smart city projects through the fresh competition.
Other cities, which won this round, were Chandigarh, Raipur (Chhattisgarh), New Town Kolkata, Bhagalpur (Bihar), Panaji (Goa), Port Blair (Andaman and Nicobar Islands), Imphal (Manipur), Ranchi (Jharkhand), Agartala (Tripura) and Faridabad (Haryana).
"The 13 cities selected in the Fast Track Competition have proposed a total investment of Rs 30,229 crore. With this, the investment proposed by 33 cities (20 cities announced in January and 13 cities today) under the smart city plans is now Rs 80, 789 crore," Naidu told a press conference.
Seven capital cities -- Patna (Bihar), Shimla (Himachal Pradesh), Naya Raipur (Chhattisgarh), Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh), Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh), Bengaluru (Karnataka) and Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) -- which were not included in the 100 cities shortlisted for the competition will be able to participate in the next round with other cities, the minister said.
Also, one out of Meerut and Rai Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh and another out of Jammu and Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir would also be selected for evaluation under the mission, he added.
The Government has finalized the 100 smart cities to be constructed in India. In the List Uttar Pradesh has got the highest number of cities and its followed by Tamil Nadu. The top five list is given below.
Uttar Pradesh (13),
Tamil Nadu (12),
Madhya Pradesh (seven), and
Gujarat and Karnataka (six each).
According to the official of the Government these smart cities will be consrtucted in three phases, the first phase which is to be started this year will be aiming to constructing 20 smart cities while the rest would be done in two batches of 40 each.
The Following list contains those cities which are likely to be converted to Smart cities.
UP: Lucknow, Allahabad and Varanasi
Tamil Nadu: Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai
Gujarat: Ahmedabad, Gandhi Nagar, Surat and Rajkot
Punjab: Amritsar, Ludhiana and Jalandhar
Haryana: Gurgaon and Faridabad
Himachal Pradesh: Shimla and Haridwar and
Roorkee in Uttarakhand.
Allahabad Smart City, Lucknow Smart City, Uttar Pradesh Smart City, Varanasi Smart City