The 100 upcoming smart cities of India

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The Indian smart cities in making Image Source : estatebulletin.in

Setting up 100 smart cities in India is an initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reduce the pressure of Indian metros, Modi had promised 100 smart cities by 2022 to help meet the rush while campaigning for the general election last year. Today the union cabinet approved the 100 smart city projects which were announced by Union fiancé minister Shri Arun Jaitley in the first union budget of NDA government in the jult last year. The pompous promise of building 100 smart cities has been part of Modi’s acche din vision from the outset, and it would have been surprising if the budget had not made some mention of it.

Thought the amount allocated to the projects is Rs. 7060 crore which is around Rs. 70 crore pr city, the finance minister has clarified that this is just a seed fund to get the projects going while more funds will be allotted once the things starts rolling favorably.  Earlier this month, Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu had said the project will be rolled from the next month onwards and then the competition race will start. Lot of companies are showing interest because now the government has allowed FDI, he had added.

SmartCity-Source Ministry of Urban Development
SmartCity-Source Ministry of Urban Development

What are smart cities and who needs them?

There is no specific definition for the smart cities as of now but the term could be defined as a vision of urban space that is ecological friendly, technologically integrated and meticulously planned with the reliance on the use of information technology to improve the efficiency. The smart city council has describe the smart cities that will will leverage the data gathered from smart sensors through a smart grid to create a city that is livable, workable and sustainable. According to the Smart Cities Council, all the data that is collected from sensors electricity, gas, water, traffic and other government analytics is carefully compiled and integrated into a smart grid and then fed into computers that can focus on making the city as efficient as possible.

India is urbanizing at very high rate compared to the census of 2001 there were 290 million Indians were living in urban areas which is estimated to reach 600 million by the year 2030. “The cost of not paying attention to India’s cities is enormous,” the MGI report said. “The speed of urbanisation poses an unprecedented managerial and policy challenge yet India has barely engaged in a national discussion about how to handle the seismic shift in the makeup of the nation.”

Urban-share-of-India-s-GDP-Percentage-chartbuilder-Source Ministry of Urban Development
Urban-share-of-India-s-GDP-Percentage-chartbuilder-Source Ministry of Urban Development

It is very clear that Rs 70 crore per city will not be enough; the entry of foreign direct investment is inevitable it’s unlikely the government will have the resources to pay for the cities. In the budget, the government announced that it was relaxing norms for foreign direct investment to make it easier for outside companies to invest in smart cities. In addition, India has spoken to France, Japan and Singapore about collaborating on the projects.

Here is The List of Proposed Upcoming Cities at a Glance

  1. Pune – Maharashtra
  2. Mumbai – Maharashtra
  3. Nagpur – Maharashtra
  4. Nashik – Maharashtra
  5. Aurangabad – Maharashtra
  6. Bhivandi – Maharashtra
  7. Calcutta – West Bengal
  8. Durgapur – West Bengal
  9. Haldia – West Bengal
  10. Habra – West Bengal
  11. Jangipur – West Bengal
  12. Ahmedabad – Gujarat
  13. Surat – Gujarat
  14. Vadodara – Gujarat
  15. Rajkot – Gujarat
  16. Bhavnagar – Gujarat
  17. Junagadh – Gujarat
  18. Gandhi Nagar – Gujarat
  19. Bhopal – Madhya Pradesh
  20. Indore – Madhya Pradesh
  21. Gwalior – Madhya Pradesh
  22. Burhanpur – Madhya Pradesh
  23. Jabalpur – Madhya Pradesh
  24. Chennai – Tamil Nadu
  25. Coimbatore – Tamil Nadu
  26. Madurai – Tamil Nadu
  27. Tiruchirappalli – Tamil Nadu
  28. Salem – Tamil Nadu
  29. Tirunelveli – Tamil Nadu
  30. Bangalore – Karnataka
  31. Gulbarga – Karnataka
  32. Bidar – Karnataka
  33. Bijapur – Karnataka
  34. Badami – Karnataka
  35. Pattadakal – Karnataka
  36. Mahakuta – Karnataka
  37. Thiruvananthapuram – Kerala
  38. Kollam – Kerala
  39. Kottayam – Kerala
  40. Tiruvalla – Kerala
  41. Ernakulam – Kerala
  42. Cochin – Kerala
  43. Thrissur – Kerala
  44. Hyderabad – Telangana
  45. Warangal – Telangana
  46. Karimnagar – Telangana
  47. Nizamabad – Telaganana
  48. Nalgonda – Telangana
  49. Guntur – Andhra Pradesh
  50. Vijayawada – Andhra Pradesh
  51. Kurnool – Andhra Pradesh
  52. Chittoor – Andhra Pradesh
  53. Kanpur – Uttar Pradesh
  54. Allahabad – Uttar Pradesh
  55. Lucknow – Uttar Pradesh
  56. Jhansi – Uttar Pradesh
  57. Faizabad – Uttar Pradesh
  58. Varanasi – Uttar Pradesh
  59. Jaipur – Rajasthan
  60. Ajmer – Rajasthan
  61. Bharatpur – Rajasthan
  62. Bikaner – Rajasthan
  63. Jodhapur – Rajasthan
  64. Kota – Rajasthan
  65. Udipur – Rajasthan
  66. Ludhiana – Punjab
  67. Amritsar – Punjab
  68. Jalandhar – Punjab
  69. Patiala – Punjab
  70. Muzaffarapur – Bihar
  71. Patna – Bihar
  72. Gaya – Bihar
  73. Bhagalpur – Bihar
  74. Bihar Sharif – Bihar
  75. Faridabad – Haryana
  76. Gurgaon – Haryana
  77. Panipat – Haryana
  78. Ambala – Haryana
  79. Guwahati – Assam
  80. Tinsukia – Assam
  81. Odalguri – Assam
  82. Tangla – Assam
  83. Goalpara – Assam
  84. Bhubaneswar – Odisha
  85. Cuttack – Odisha
  86. Rourkela – Odisha
  87. Sambalpur – Odisha
  88. Balasore – Odisha
  89. Shimla – Himachal Pradesh
  90. Dehradoon – Uttarakhand
  91. Haridwar – Uttarakhand
  92. Roorkee – Uttarakhand
  93. Jamshedpur – Jharkhand
  94. Dhanbad – Jharkhand
  95. Ranchi – Jharkhand
  96. Gangtok – Sikkim
  97. Pelling – Sikkim
  98. Yuksam – Sikkim
  99. Bishnupur – Manipur
  100. Chandel – Manipur

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The article contains the references from Rohan Venkataramakrishnan’s articles published in scroll.in

News Source: indiatvnews.com

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