Ghaziabad had an overall score of 82 points in an assessment for smart cities conducted over 20 different parameters. It also stood 138th among 476 cities in the Swachh Bharat rankings, factors that helped it score over its neighbours in NCR and make the cut.
"Ghaziabad could make it to the final list because of its infrastructure development. The city is currently extending the Metro network from Dilshad Garden to New Bus Stand and has also started work on building an 18-km cycle track. The concept of mixed land-use already exists in Ghaziabad. Developing Ghaziabad as a smart city will entail focusing on energy conservation, pollution control and eco-friendly projects that will add value to the lives of the residents," says Pratap Padode, founder and director, Smart Cities Council India.
Having said that, Noida or Greater Noida still stand a chance because 70% of the parameters (mandatory for the challenge) have already been achieved by them in the last three decades. The cities boast of better infrastructure, transport network, and plenty of job opportunities, said a Hindustan Times report.
Faridabad, Karnal and NDMC are the other cities shortlisted in Delhi under the '100 Smart Cities' Mission.
Faridabad scored better and made it to the smart cities list because its municipality had taken several steps to generate revenues and make the civic agency financially sound.
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