Kerala's Trivandrum tops chart in Smart Cities new list

30 new cities found a spot in the latest list of Smart Cities announced as part of the government's Smart City Mission, launched in 2015.

The central government on Friday launched the "City Liveability Index" - a first of its kind initiative introduced by the Urban Development Ministry - to measure the quality of life in 116 major cities including capital cities and those with population over one million.

It is said the centre has categorically told Karnataka that any more additional cities to the smart city list will not be happening.

Naidu said the 30 smart city projects announced today have proposed total investments of Rs57,393 crore.

Andhra Pradesh topped the list with the highest score in implementing urban schemes, followed by Odisha, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.

Jammu & Kashmir capital Srinagar and the state's summer capital Jammu made it to the list besides the Uttarakhand capital of Dehradun, among other cities.

Twenty cities, including Itanagar, Meerut, Imphal and Haldia, will compete for the remaining 10 slots under the mission.

26 cities will be taking up school and hospital projects, 29 will be taking up redesign and redevelopment of roads which will benefit the common man. "So, these are not mere cosmetic changes", Naidu said.

"All of them will put in place Integrated Command and Control Centres that enable coordination among various agencies for better service delivery and effective management of scarce resources like water and power". He also stressed the need for funds for smart cities by dividing Metro, Corporation, Municipality, Nagara Panchayats and Village Panchayats.

Naidu said that while only 39 per cent of 3,138 basic urban infrastructure projects approved during 2005-14 under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission were completed in time, 47 per cent of the 11,705 projects approved in last two years will be completed by stipulated deadline of 2019-20.

  • Leroy Wright