Giving a further boost to ‘Smart Cities Mission’, the government has released names of the cities for third batch. Union minister Venkaiah Naidu has also made an announcement for proposed investment estimated at Rs 57,393 crore in this batch of 30 cities.
Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu unveiled the list of 30 cities which have been identified for third batch. These include Shimla, Patna, Allahabad, Bengaluru, Jammu and Thiruvananthapuram.
With the third batch list coming out, there are a total of 90 cities selected under Smart Cities Mission with only 10 more slots remaining in the slot. As per rough estimate, the total outlay on smart cities comes to around 57,393 crore.
The announcement was made at the National Workshop on Urban Transformation in Delhi by Naidu. The union minister shared that around 45 cities had participated in the event for 40 slots earmarked for third batch. In order to facilitate efficient implementation they have selected 30 cities only. Urban mobility solution is one of the component of Smart City Mission.
In the first list announced in January 2016 Bhubaneswar, Pune and Jaipur were among the 20 that had made to the list. Lucknow, Dharamsala and Chandigarh were amongst the 13 that were confirmed winners of the Fast Track Smart Cities competition in May 2016.
Interestingly, Mumbai’s Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation that has previously participated in the contest opted out. Country’s richest urban local body had doubts over the Smart City Mission. The local body with a budget of Rs 25,000 crore was not clear over handing over of the project post implementation. As per rules the project is handed over to a special purpose vehicle. This leaves very little scope or authority in the hands of local body.
Ajoy Mehta, BMC’s commissioner had informed the union minister that Mumbai will not be participating in the contest as per the news released by the Indian Express. Spokesperson from Urban Development Ministry has confirmed that Mumbai had not submitted its proposal to participate in the Smart City Mission contest.