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 "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

    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.

    RankCity State/UT
    1BhubaneswarOdisha
    2PuneMaharashtra
    3JaipurRajasthan
    4SuratGujarat
    5KochiKerala
    6AhmedabadGujarat
    7JabalpurMadhya Pradesh
    8VisakhapatnamAndhra Pradesh
    9SolapurMaharashtra
    10DavangereKarnataka
    11IndoreMadhya Pradesh
    12New DelhiNew Delhi
    13CoimbatoreTamil Nadu
    14KakinadaAndhra Pradesh
    15BelgaumKarnataka
    16UdaipurRajasthan
    17GuwahatiAssam
    18ChennaiTamil Nadu
    19LudhianaPunjab
    20BhopalMadhya Pradesh

    The Second List

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

    The Third List (September 2016)

    RankCity State/UT
    1AmritsarPunjab
    2KalyanMaharashtra
    3UjjainMadhya Pradesh
    4TirupatiAndhra Pradesh
    5NagpurMaharashtra
    6MangaloreKarnataka
    7VelloreTamil Nadu
    8ThaneMaharashtra
    9GwaliorMadhya Pradesh
    10AgraUttar Pradesh
    11NashikMaharashtra
    12RaurkelaOdisha
    13KanpurUttar Pradesh
    14MaduraiTamil Nadu
    15TumakuruKarnataka
    16KotaRajasthan
    17ThanjavurTamil Nadu
    18NamchiSikkim
    19JalandharPunjab
    20ShimogaKarnataka
    21SalemTamil Nadu
    22AjmerRajasthan
    23VaranasiUttar Pradesh
    24KohimaNagaland
    25Hubli-DharwadKarnataka
    26AurangabadMaharashtra
    27VadodaraGujarat

    The Fourth List (June 2017)

    RankCity State/UT
    1ThiruvananthapuramKerala
    2Naya RaipurChhattisgarh
    3RajkotGujarat
    4AmravatiMaharashtra [29]
    5PatnaBihar
    6KarimnagarTelengana
    7MuzaffarpurBihar
    8PuducherryPondicherry
    9GandhinagarGujarat
    10SrinagarJammu and Kashmir
    11SagarMadhya Pradesh
    12KarnalHaryana
    13SatnaMadhya Pradesh
    14BangaloreKarnataka
    15ShimlaHimachal Pradesh
    16DehradunUttarakhand
    17TiruppurTamil Nadu
    18Pimpri ChinchwadMaharashtra
    19BilaspurChhattisgarh
    20PasighatArunachal Pradesh
    21JammuJammu and Kashmir
    22DahodGujarat
    23TirunelveliTamil Nadu
    24ThoothukudiTamil Nadu
    25TiruchirappalliTamil Nadu
    26JhansiUttar Pradesh
    27AizawlMizoram
    28AllahabadUttar Pradesh
    29AligarhUttar Pradesh
    30GangtokSikkim

    The Fifth List (January 2018)

    CityState/ UT
    BareillyUttar Pradesh
    MoradabadUttar Pradesh
    SaharanpurUttar Pradesh
    ErodeTamil Nadu
    Bihar SharifBihar
    SilvasaDadra and Nagar Haveli
    DiuDaman and Diu
    KavaratiLakshdweep
    ItanagarArunachal Pradesh

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