Modi's Varanasi in new smart cities list; 5 from Maharashtra

PTI1_28_2016_000137B Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu

Union minister Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday announced the third list of smart cities. Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi city, which comes in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's parliamentary constituency, has made it to the list of 27 smart cities.

The new list includes five cities from Maharashtra, four each from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, three from Uttar Pradesh, two each from Punjab and Madhya Pradesh, and one each from Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Gujarat, Nagaland and Sikkim.

The other two cities are from Uttar Pradesh—Agra and Kanpur.Here is the full list

Here is the full list

These 27 cities have proposed a total investment of Rs 66,883 crore under respective smart city plans. This includes 42,524 crore in area based development and Rs. 11,379 crore in technology based solutions.

As per the Misison guidelines, as many as 40 cities had to be announced during this financial year. As the government had already announced 13 cities in May, a slot of 27 cities remained vacant against which the announcement was made on Tuesday by Naidu.

In January, the government had announced a list of 20 cities for partial funding to be developed as smart cities which would have facilities such as assured water and power supply, sanitation and solid waste management systems, efficient urban mobility and public transportation, IT connectivity and e-governance, among others.

Each city will receive Central assistance of Rs 200 crore in the first year and Rs 100 crore over the three subsequent financial years.

State governments and respective urban local bodies will also match the Centre's contribution.

The Modi-government aims to transform about 100 cities by 2019-20, with the Centre providing financial support of Rs 48,000 crore over five years.


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