The Centre has selected Visakhapantam, Kakinada and Tirupati under its '100 Smart Cities' mission, for which these cities are now in the process of preparing a detailed smart city plan and submitting to the government.
The Andhra Pradesh government, however, seems not contented with just three smart cities in the state. Hence, the Chief Minister Shri. N. Chandrababu Naidu has decided to transform 13 more cities at the state level.
Andhra Pradesh has 13 municipal corporations, Naidu wants the remaining ten corporations and soon to be upgraded Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Machilipatnam to be transformed into smart cities.
Meanwhile, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has entered into an MoU with the AP government to develop Nellore as a smart city with the private initiative.
It would take a lead role as knowledge partner and facilitate flow of private investments for upgrading basic amenities and improving quality of life for citizens with digital technology and e-governance solutions, said a news report.
For Visakhapatnam, the USTDA (US Trade and Development Agency) extended its cooperation to transform it into smart city. The USTDA, after approval by technical expert agency Smart Cities Council India, would release funds and help with the requirement permissions for speedy completion of the smart city plan for the Port city.
An Australian government agency plans to develop Kurnool and will work to bring in the private investors. Similarly, the Yokohama City Council of Japan has shown interest in developing the Kakinada as a smart city in association with the GMR group.