India's Smart City List

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    In June 2015, the 'Smart City' Mission was launched by our Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a vision to develop 100 cities across the country to make them citizen friendly and sustainable. Now, having said that, there is no exact definition of "what is a smart city?".

    As per the official document released by the government. "It (Smart City)means different things to different people. The conceptualisation of Smart City, therefore, varies from city to city and country to country, depending on the level of development, willingness to change and reform, resources and aspirations of the city residents."

    What is the

    What is the "Smart City Mission"?

    The idea is to develop 100 cities as models for their nearby cities and towns. It is not a project where the government is funding states for urban development; it is how the cities have interpreted "smartness."

    Each state or country for that matter has a different perspective of a smart city. Indian cities would emphasize on adequate water supply or better infrastructure when compared to a country whose demography is very different.

    Smart City Challenge

    Smart City Challenge

    The Union Ministry of Urban Development is carrying on the whole mission with the state governments. This is the first time a competition has been the deciding factor for choosing cities to fund.

    There was a "Smart Cities Challenge" that took place where state governments nominated their cities to compete against each other to receive the benefits of the mission. All states and Union territories except West Bengal are participants of this mission. West Bengal was also a part of it before its state government decided to opt out of it.



    The "Smart" Plan

    It is a five-year program (2017-2022) where Financial aid will be given to cities by central and state governments. The results will be seen from 2022.

    Each city selected will create a company with a CEO to implement the mission. The State and Central government will each provide the city with Rs 500 crore for the mission. So this means a total of Rs 1,000 crores in funding from both.

    The projects may be executed through joint ventures, subsidiaries, public-private partnership (PPP), turnkey contracts, etc. suitably dovetailed with revenue streams. The additional fund will be raised from the financial market as debt or equity.


    The First List (January 2016)

    20 cities were selected out of 98 nominations in the first round of the challenge. These were called "light houses" meaning they would act as aspiring models for other cities.

    Rank City  State/UT
    1 Bhubaneswar Odisha
    2 Pune Maharashtra
    3 Jaipur Rajasthan
    4 Surat Gujarat
    5 Kochi Kerala
    6 Ahmedabad Gujarat
    7 Jabalpur Madhya Pradesh
    8 Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh
    9 Solapur Maharashtra
    10 Davangere Karnataka
    11 Indore Madhya Pradesh
    12 New Delhi New Delhi
    13 Coimbatore Tamil Nadu
    14 Kakinada Andhra Pradesh
    15 Belgaum Karnataka
    16 Udaipur Rajasthan
    17 Guwahati Assam
    18 Chennai Tamil Nadu
    19 Ludhiana Punjab
    20 Bhopal Madhya Pradesh

    The Second List

    Rank City  State/UT
    1 Lucknow  Uttar Pradesh
    2 Bhagalpur  Bihar
    3 Faridabad  Haryana
    4 Chandigarh  Chandigarh
    5 Raipur  Chhattisgarh 
    6 Ranchi Jharkhand 
    7 Dharamasala  Himachal Pradesh 
    8 Warangal  Telangana
    9 Panaji  Goa 
    10 Agartala  Tripura 
    11 Imphal Manipur 
    12 Port Blair  Andaman & Nicobar 
    13 New Town Kolkata* West Bengal

    The Third List (September 2016)

    Rank City  State/UT
    1 Amritsar Punjab
    2 Kalyan Maharashtra
    3 Ujjain Madhya Pradesh
    4 Tirupati Andhra Pradesh
    5 Nagpur Maharashtra
    6 Mangalore Karnataka
    7 Vellore Tamil Nadu
    8 Thane Maharashtra
    9 Gwalior Madhya Pradesh
    10 Agra Uttar Pradesh
    11 Nashik Maharashtra
    12 Raurkela Odisha
    13 Kanpur Uttar Pradesh
    14 Madurai Tamil Nadu
    15 Tumakuru Karnataka
    16 Kota Rajasthan
    17 Thanjavur Tamil Nadu
    18 Namchi Sikkim
    19 Jalandhar Punjab
    20 Shimoga Karnataka
    21 Salem Tamil Nadu
    22 Ajmer Rajasthan
    23 Varanasi Uttar Pradesh
    24 Kohima Nagaland
    25 Hubli-Dharwad Karnataka
    26 Aurangabad Maharashtra
    27 Vadodara Gujarat

    The Fourth List (June 2017)

    Rank City  State/UT
    1 Thiruvananthapuram Kerala
    2 Naya Raipur Chhattisgarh
    3 Rajkot Gujarat
    4 Amravati Maharashtra [29]
    5 Patna Bihar
    6 Karimnagar Telengana
    7 Muzaffarpur Bihar
    8 Puducherry Pondicherry
    9 Gandhinagar Gujarat
    10 Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir
    11 Sagar Madhya Pradesh
    12 Karnal Haryana
    13 Satna Madhya Pradesh
    14 Bangalore Karnataka
    15 Shimla Himachal Pradesh
    16 Dehradun Uttarakhand
    17 Tiruppur Tamil Nadu
    18 Pimpri Chinchwad Maharashtra
    19 Bilaspur Chhattisgarh
    20 Pasighat Arunachal Pradesh
    21 Jammu Jammu and Kashmir
    22 Dahod Gujarat
    23 Tirunelveli Tamil Nadu
    24 Thoothukudi Tamil Nadu
    25 Tiruchirappalli Tamil Nadu
    26 Jhansi Uttar Pradesh
    27 Aizawl Mizoram
    28 Allahabad Uttar Pradesh
    29 Aligarh Uttar Pradesh
    30 Gangtok Sikkim

    The Fifth List (January 2018)

    City State/ UT
    Bareilly Uttar Pradesh
    Moradabad Uttar Pradesh
    Saharanpur Uttar Pradesh
    Erode Tamil Nadu
    Bihar Sharif Bihar
    Silvasa Dadra and Nagar Haveli
    Diu Daman and Diu
    Kavarati Lakshdweep
    Itanagar Arunachal Pradesh

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