Earlier today the Govt. of India released a second list of cities that are going to be developed under PM Modi’s ‘Smart City Mission’.
The first list released in January contained 20 cities, in which Bhubaneswar topped, whereas Lucknow and Warangal sit at the top this time. This is the second among many more to come as he has promised 100 smart cities by the year 2022.
The cities were selected on the basis of the results from a fast track city competition announced by Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu.
The first competition involved an extensive test for the cities where the representatives had to answer a series of 43 questions.
The ones who did not qualify were asked to focus on their deficiencies and were evaluated for the second list. There is another competition set to be held in September for the next list. This year shall see a total of 40 cities selected and the subsequent two years shall follow.
The selected cities will be provided with a Central Govt. funding of Rs. 200 crore each in the first financial year, and Rs. 100 crore each in the three subsequent years. The State Governments /local bodies are expected to do the same, making it a collaborative attempt.
PM Modi has initiated several projects since taking charge of the government, but this one is not just the most politically correct one, but it also is something that can not receive any negative response. The plan is to help a socio-economic growth in the country.
An estimated base investment of Rs. 1000 crore is to be made into the whole project. It sounds very economical, but these are just initial figures.
The project also supposedly involves contracting small local builders, but that could be one of the major concerns rather than an advantage.
Here is a list of the 33 cities selected so far: