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Govt announces names of 30 more cities under Smart City programme

The Centre on Friday announced the third batch of Smart Cities on Friday. But, Raebareli. Ghaziabad and Meerut were not included in the new list. Naidu said these 30 cities identified on Friday entailed investment of Rs 57,393 crore, including Rs 46,879 crore for ensuring core infrastructure in areas identified by citizens, and Rs 10,514 crore for technology-based solutions, service delivery and utilisation of infrastructure.This time around, Bengaluru is able to make it to the list, missing in the previous two lists in the Smart City list. With this, the total number of such cities have gone up to 90 with a total investment of Rs 1,91,155 crore.Naidu said that 45 urban communities challenged for 40 accessible smart city openings yet just 30 were chosen to guarantee attainable and workable plans that match the desires of the natives.Other cities which are now a part of the mission include Gandhinagar, Muzaffarpur, Karnal, Tirunelveli and Gangtok.Naidu said selection of cities for smart city development is running ahead of schedule and the remaining cities would submit revised smart city plans for filling up the vacant slots.”That is how urban development has been approached in countries such as the US”.What are Smart Cities?The minister also distributed Rs 500 crore among various states for carrying out reforms in the urban sector. He was speaking at a National Workshop on Urban Transformation here today.A deputation of the Jammu Chamber of Industries led by its president, Mr Rakesh Gupta also called on the Dy Chief Minister and discussed several issues related to trade and industries in the state.The Deputy Chief Minister was interacting with several deputations after the twin capital cities of the state qualified under the Smart City Initiative of the central government.The total budget of the Smart City project has now rose to nearly Rs two lakh crore for 90 cities.