Urban Development Minister Hardeep Singh Puri announces nine new smart cities

Silvasa Bareilly Among 9 New Cities Added To Smart Cities Mission

Silvasa topped the list of winners in this round of Smart Cities Mission

Kavaratti (Lakshwadeep), Bareilly, Moradabad and Sahranpur (Uttar Pradesh) are the nine cities that have made it to the list.

He averred that, with the selection of these nine cities, the total projected investment in 99 smart cities will be Rs 2,03,979 crore.

The areas that the studies will focus on include the magnitude of government services made available online, the number of citizens using these services, hotel occupancy in these cities, coverage of females in school education, the prevalence of water and vector-borne diseases, the extent of crimes, extent of public transport, levels of pollution, and availability of open space, among other things. The final list for SCM was announced on Friday. Center government was set to announce 10 names, but Shillong could not submit its proposal.

Puri added that ranking of cities on the basis of liveability index will promote competitive environment amongst cities, which will result in systematic improvements in quality of life.

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The funding sources for these projects are proposed to be with SCM - with contribution from State and Centre 61.25 per cent, convergence 24.19 per cent, Public Private Partnership (PPP) 12.90 per cent, own sources 1.57 per cent, and other sources 0.09 per cent. Puri said Kolkata's New Town, which was selected for the mission in May 2016, was yet to form a special objective vehicle to start implementing the projects.

Interestingly, as per RTI's reply, the Ministry has stated that total Rs 9,900 crore has been given to the States under SCM. "I have no doubt that the state will achieve this goal", the minister said after chairing meetings to review various urban development initiatives in Goa.

The cities can be rated as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 -star based on their compliance with the protocol conditions specified for each of the ratings, the minister said.

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