Govt announces 98 cities under 'Smart Cities' Mission

Govt announces 98 cities under Smart Cities Mission

The government on Thursday released a list of 98 selected cities, across 35 states and Union Territories to be developed as 'Smart Cities' under the government's '100 Smart Cities Mission. The names of the two cities are still awaited has Jammu & Kashmir has sought more time to decided on the potential Smart City, while 12 cites have been shortlisted from Uttar Pradesh as against 13 cities allotted to the state.

The Smart City Vision was announced by the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the NDA government's first Union Budget July last year. In the 2014 election campaign, our now Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised to build 100 Smart Cities by the year 2022 so as to offset the pressure on the Indian metros.

The Vision has been converted by the government into India Smart Cities Challenge - a competition designed to inspire greater creativity from municipal officials and their partners, more involvement and inspiration from citizens, and the development of proposals that will produce concrete benefits in people's lives.

These 100 shortlisted cities will compete against each other, while the ones judged with best proposals will receive funding. The remaining cities will have the chance to compete again next year.

Going ahead, the government is likely to select about 20 cities in the first round by the end of the calendar year. The competition cycle is said to run till FY18, and the government has sanctioned up to Rs 6,000 crore for the 100 Smart Cities Project. In the first year, the government will give up to Rs 200 crore, followed by Rs 100 crore every year for the next three years to each of the selected city, based on certain conditions.

Here is the list of Smart Cities released by the government : 

Sl. No. Name of State/UT No. of cities shortlisted Names of selected Cities Population of Cities
1. Andaman & Nicobar Islands 1 Port Blair 1,40,572
2. Andhra Pradesh 3 Vishakhapatnam
Tirupati
Kakinada
18,78,980
3,74,260
3,50,986
3. Arunachal Pradesh 1 Pasighat 24,656
4. Assam 1 Guwahati 9,62,334
5. Bihar 3 Muzaffarpur
Bhagalpur
Biharsharif
3,93,724
4,10,210
2,96,889
6. Chandigarh 1 Chandigarh 10,55,450
7. Chhatisgarh 2 Raipur
Bilaspur
10,47,389
3,65,579
8. Daman & Diu 1 Diu 23,991
9. Dadra & Nagar Haveli 1 Silvassa 98,032
10. Delhi 1 New Delhi Municipal Council 2,49,998
11. Goa 1 Panaji 1,00,000
12. Gujarat 6 Gandhinagar
Ahmedabad
Surat
Vadodara
Rajkot
Dahod
2,92,797
55,77,940
44,67,797
17,52,371
13,23,363
1,30,530
13. Haryana 2 Karnal
Faridabad
3,02,140
14,14,050
14. Himachal Pradesh 1 Dharamshala 22,580
15. Jharkhand 1 Ranchi 10,73,427
16. Karnataka 6 Mangaluru
Belagavi
Shivamogga
Hubballi-Dharwad
Tumakuru
Davanegere
4,84,785
4,88,292
3,22,428

9,43,857
3,05,821
4,35,128

17. Kerala 1 Kochi 6,01,574
18. Lakshadweep 1 Kavaratti 11,210
19. Madhya Pradesh 7 Bhopal
Indore
Jabalpur
Gwalior
Sagar
Satna
Ujjain
19,22,130
21,95,274
12,16,445
11,59,032
2,73,296
2,80,222
5,15,215
20. Maharashtra 10 Navi Mumbai
Nashik
Thane
Greater Mumbai
Amravati
Solapur
Nagpur
Kalyan-Dombivali
Aurangabad
Pune
11,19,000
14,86,000
18,41,000
1,24,00,000
7,45,000
9,52,000
24,60,000
15,18,000

11,65,000
31,24,000

21. Manipur 1 Imphal 2,68,243
22. Meghalaya 1 Shillong 3,54,325
23. Mizoram 1 Aizawl 2,91,000
24. Nagaland 1 Kohima 1,07,000
25. Odisha 2 Bhubaneshwar
Raurkela
8,40,834
3,10,976
26. Puducherry 1 Oulgaret 3,00,104
27. Punjab 3 Ludhiana
Jalandhar
Amritsar
16,18,879
8,68,181
11,55,664
28. Rajasthan 4 Jaipur
Udaipur
Kota
Ajmer
30,73,350
4,75,150
10,01,365
5,51,360
29. Sikkim 1 Namchi 12,190
30. Tamil Nadu 12 Tiruchirapalli
Tirunelveli
Dindigul
Thanjavur
Tiruppur
Salem
Vellore
Coimbatore
Madurai
Erode
Thoothukudi
Chennai
9,16,674
4,74,838
2,07,327
2,22,943
8,77,778
8,31,038
5,04,079
16,01,438
15,61,129
4,98,129
3,70,896
67,27,000
31. Telangana 2 Greater Hyderabad
Greater Warangal
67,31,790
8,19,406
32. Tripura 1 Agartala 4,00,004
33. Uttar Pradesh** 12 Moradabad
Aligarh
Saharanpur
Bareilly
Jhansi
Kanpur
Allahabad
Lucknow
Varanasi
Ghaziabad
Agra
Rampur
8,87,871
8,74,408
7,05,478
9,03,668
5,05,693
27,65,348
11,12,544
28,17,105
11,98,491
16,48,643
15,85,704
3,25,313
34. Uttarakhand 1 Dehradun 5,83,971
35. West Bengal 4 New Town Kolkata
Bidhannagar
Durgapur
Haldia
36,541

6,33,704
5,71,000
2,72,000

*Jammu & Kashmir has asked for more time to decide on the potential Smart City.

**12 Cities have been shortlisted from Uttar Pradesh against 13 cities allocated to that State