The Ministry of Urban Development released Rs 200 crore for each of the 98 cities which have recently been nominated under the ‘Smart Cities’ Mission. Releasing the release order for the funds in the presence of Mayors, Municipal Commissioners and other ULBs, Minister Venkaiah Naidu urged,' Use this money to create your city development plans and use this wisely. City leaders will have to be proactive and create an atmosphere of confidence among the citizens that their city is indeed set for a renewal. The path is difficult and therefore we need the ULB leaders to be dynamic.'
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Bengaluru and Kolkata are among the top cities that did not make it to the list of 98 that have been nominated for the government’s ambitious Smart City project. Only the Lutyens zone covered by the New Delhi Municipal Council has been named as a contender, leaving out the larger part of Delhi under the Municipal Corporation of Delhi. Other prominent cities that failed to make the cut are Shimla, Gangtok, Patna, Thiruvananthapuram, Puducherry and Itanagar. Even Gurgaon and Noida, seen as technology hubs, are not part of the list.
Drawing parallels between SEZs and smart cities, Padode says, "Both SEZs and smart cities are planned to be conducive to their inhabitants; SEZs to the industry, and smart cities to its citizens.
The smart cities mission has clearly brought into focus the need for use of technologies for delivering urban services to citizens while conserving resources and building self-sustainability. Smart Cities Council India at the behest of Government of Telangana, is hosting the ' National Conclave on Smart Technologies' (NCST) to showcase technologies which can be used in 600 municipalities across India.
Hyderabad: The government is set to announce by September 1 the names of urban centres that would figure in the list of 100 smart cities, a flagship scheme of the Narendra Modi administration. "By September 1, the list of 100 cities will be announced officially. It is almost ready," Union Minister of Urban Development and Housing M Venkaiah Naidu said on Saturday.
Having recognised that cities are the engines of growth and are drawing a million people every minute from rural areas, the Government has introduced the ‘Smart City Challenge’, handing over the onus of planned urbanisation to the states. In the approach to the Smart Cities Mission, the objective is to promote cities that provide core infrastructure and offer quality of life to citizens, a clean and sustainable environment and application of ‘smart’ solutions. Those states that measure up to the guidelines and nominate cities could get funding of Rs 100 crore per year per city for the next five years.
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A young woman drove away on a motorcycle while cycle rickshaws and pedestrians made way for each other on the congested road lined with shops selling anything from sweets to electronic gadgets and poorly ventilated residential units.
A smart city should be one that places the cultural development of a city as its central theme and ensures that citizens have an access to all facilities in a smart manner, said VK Pipersenia while inaugurating the North East Smart City Conclave organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) here on Saturday.
Chairman of Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority, Dhiren Baruah, today questioned the move of including Tinsukia in the first phase of the Smart Cities mission instead of Guwahati.