Region-wise shortlisted consulting firms for 'Preparation of Proposal for Assisting Cities to Participate in the Smart City Challenge'
In their first meeting in September 2014, President Barack Obama agreed that U.S. industry will serve as lead partners with the prime minister in developing three of those cities—Ajmer (Rajasthan), Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), and Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh).
Minister of Urban development M Venkaiah Naidu announced on 27th August, 2015 the following list of cities and towns selected under smart cities mission.
Urbanization Challenge: Cities are engines of growth for the economy of every nation, including India. Nearly 31% of India’s current population lives in urban areas and contributes 63% of India’s GDP (Census 2011). With increasing urbanization, urban areas are expected to house 40% of India’s population and contribute 75% of India’s GDP by 2030. This requires comprehensive development of physical, institutional, social and economic infrastructure. All are important in improving the quality of life and attracting people and investments to the City, setting in motion a virtuous cycle of growth and development. Development of Smart Cities is a step in that direction.
Urbanisation in India: 2/3 of national GDP comes from urban India, There are about 8,000 cities and towns in India, Share of urban population in 2011 was 31%