Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu released the list of 98 smart cities and urged investors to support the government in making smart city project successful. Maximum 13 names in this list are from Uttar Pradesh, followed closely by Tamil Nadu with 12.
“In today’s time when there is uncertainty all around in the global market, international investors are seeking for safe investment options, smart city project can be an ideal opportunity for them,” said Naidu. Financial markets have let investors down, but the case is completely different with smart city project as lands and infrastructure wouldn’t go anywhere, no matter what, he added.
Government’s smart-city mission focuses on ‘inclusive growth’ and promotes an ideal city planning where government policies like Urban Transformation, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Swachh Bharat Mission can complement each other. He also said that the government will impose fines on all those states that fail to meet the timeline of finalizing the projects within the 60 days.
Out of 98 names that made it to the list of smart cities, three are health care & educational hubs, five are port cities, eighteen are tourism and culture influenced areas, twenty-four are industrial and business hubs and rest 24 are capital cities.
Some of the major names that failed to qualify for smart-city project comprise of Bengaluru, Shimla, Kolkata, Puducherry, Patna, Daman, Itanagar, Gangtok and Thiruvananthapuram.