As Bhubaneswar topped the list of smart cities announced by Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu , people in the city celebrated by distributing sweets and bursting crackers….reports Asian Lite News
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated the people for the achievement and sought support to make it a world class city. “Congratulate #bhubaneswar citizens & the team for securing first position amongst Smart Cities,” he tweeted. “With all your support jointly let’s make #Bhubaneswar a world class city.”
Bhubaneswar Mayor Anant Narayan Jena said: “We are very happy that Bhubaneswar made it to top list of smart city. We will try hard to fulfill the aspirations of people to provide smart services.”
Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Naidu, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said he feels immensely proud to find Bhubaneswar topping the list of smart cities.
Bhubaneswar scored 78.83 percent, surpassing other contenders to achieve the top slot among 98 cities across the country.
The central government has proposed to investment Rs.50,802 crore in the selected 20 smart cities during a five-year period.Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu the names of the first 20 cities which will be developed into smart cities in 2016.
These are: Bhubaneswar (Odisha), Pune (Maharashtra), Jaipur (Rajasthan), Surat (Gujarat), Kochi (Kerala), Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh), Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), Sholapur (Maharashtra), Davangere (Karnataka), Indore (Madhya Pradesh), New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC, Delhi), Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu), Kakinada (Andhra Pradesh), Belagavi (Karnataka), Udaipur (Rajasthan), Guwahati (Assam), Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Ludhiana (Punjab), and Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh).
These cities were chosen from 98 cities shortlisted for the ‘Smart Cities Mission’.
“These 20 cities will be the first to receive funds, hence kickstarting the process of developing them into ‘smart cities’. The next two years will see the inclusion of 40 and 38 cities more,” Naidu said at a press conference here.
“In terms of population, these 20 cities account for 3.54 crore people. A total investment of Rs.50,802 crore has been proposed in the selected smart cities and towns during the five-year period. Bottom-up approach has been the key planning principle under Smart City Mission,” he added.
Naidu added: “Smart cities need to be inclusive, sustainable and effective engines of growth, fulfilling the aspiration of Young India.”