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Union Government announces names of 98 cities for Smart Cities Project

Union Government has declared the names of 98 cities for its ambitious Smart Cities Project.

These cities were selected by the respective States and Union Territories on the parameters set by the Union Government.

Of the total 98 cities, 13 were selected from Uttar Pradesh, 12 from Tamil Nadu, 10 from Maharashtra, 7 from Madhya Pradesh, 3 each from Bihar and Andhra Pradesh.

These 98 cities has around 13 crore population and constitute around 35 per cent of urban population of India which will be covered under the mission.

All other remaining states in India also have got one or two cities for the purpose Smart Cities Project except Jammu and Kashmir which has sought more time for selecting cities for the project.

These selected cities will get two crore rupees each for the preparation of the smart city plan with the prime motive to enhance urban life with very practical and realistic approach.

Union Government has proposed to provide financial support of 48,000 crore rupees to this project over next five years. Of this amount, 200 crore rupees will be released during the first year.  It should be noted this project will be implemented by states, union territories and urban local bodies as they have an important role to play in the implementation.

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Puducherry city first to get Smart city nomination

Puducherry city has emerged as the first nomination to be received by the Urban Development Ministry for a Smart City Mission.

In this regard, Government of Union Territory of Puducherry has nominated its capital city for inclusion in the Union Government’s flagship 100 Smart Cities Mission.

It also has forwarded the nomination along with all the forms and documents as required in the Stage-1 of ‘City Challenge’ competition. The nominations also include the details of evaluation of all the five urban local bodies (ULBs) viz. Puducherry, Kariakal, Oulgaret, Mahe and Yanam.

The nomination was forwarded based on the recommendations of the High Powered Steering Committee (HPSC) constituted as per the guidelines of mission. It was headed by Chief Secretary of UT and had overseen the process of first stage intra-state competition.

For each state and UTs slots assigned for Smart City are as per the criteria based on equal weightage for urban population and number of ULBs and the geographical equity.

Facts about Stage-1 evaluation criteria of Puducherry

  • Puducherry has a population of 6.5 lakh has scored 75 of the possible 100 marks in Stage-1 evaluation criteria.
  • Since 2011, Puducherry Municipal Corporation (PM) has achieved 18 per cent improvement in provision of household sanitary latrines.
  • Internal revenue generation has continuously increased by 14 per cent over the past three year period of 2012-13 to 2014-15.
  • It has met 23 per cent of its capital expenditure from internal resources. It also has met about 80 per cent operation and maintenance costs of water supply through user charges.

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