Govt. announced first 20 winners of 'Smart City' makeover competition

Hon'ble minister Venkaiah Naidu (Minister of Urban Development of India)  today announced first 20 winners of a 'Smart City' competition, which was conducted nationwide to pick cities and towns for a 'Smart City' makeover.

Highlights of First 20 winners of 'Smart City' in India:

  1. Paradigm shift in our approach to urban development
  2. Perhaps first time in the world, investment are being made on the basis of selection of cities
  3. Ambitious game changer that seeks  to transform the cities and towns into sustainable centres of academic activity providing improved quality of life
  4. This game changing mission marks the end of usual business approach in the country
  5. Integrated plans and proposals so that there is maximum analysis, planning, coordination and minimum delays
  6. Implementation will demonstrate how integrated planning area development smart technology can deliver better quality of life
  7. PM Modi believes in total transformation of the country - Planning Commission converted into Niti Aayog
  8. Changes and challenges and desired outcomes are there. It was imperative to pick up cities and towns that can face these challenges
  9. So we introduced an element of competition to pick up the best candidates
  10. City Challenge Competition was a rigorous and demanding as the Civil Service examination conducted by the UPSC
  11. The whole process of competition was conducted in an objective and transparent manner
  12. Bottom up approach has been the key planning principle under 'Smart City' mission
  13. The results of the competition revealed the unrecognized strength of the federal structure in our country
  14. Smart City Plans have been prepared by the Urban Local Bodies and the States
  15. A total investment of Rs.50,802 crore has been proposed in the selected Smart Cities and towns during the five year period
  16. Nothing has been dictated from Delhi, nothing has been decided by Delhi, nothing has been designed by Delhi
  17. Everything has been done at the urban local bodies level. Citizen participation is mandatory.
  18. Bloomberg technology state governments urban local bodies standardised templates with a set of 43 questions based on sheer merit
  19. In terms of population, these 20 cities account for 3.54 crore people
  20. Bhubaneswar tops the list of smart city
  21. The list includes, Bhuvaneshwar, Pune, Jaipur, Surat, Kochi, Ahmedabad, Jabal, Vizag, Shilapur, Dhavangiri, Indore, NDMC, Coimbatore, Kakinada, Belgaum, Udaipur, Guwahati, Chennai, Ludhiana, Bhopal.

Source: NDTV
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