The Central Government has added nine more cities from 6 states and UTs under the list of Smart City Project, hence making it a list of 99 cities across India that will receive Centre’s funds for major developments.
In the fourth round of the government’s flagship Smart City Mission, 9 cities including Silvassa (Dadra and Nagar Haveli), Erode (Tamil Nadu), Bihar Sharif (Bihar), Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh), Kavaratti (Lakshadweep), Diu (Daman and Diu), Moradabad, Bareilly and Saharanpur (all Uttar Pradesh) have made it to the list. With these nine new additions, a total of 99 cities from across India are now under the Smart City Project. However, it was nothing close to easy to make it to the list because winning cities have improved the quality of their Smart City Proposals by 19% (average) to become eligible for selection. Each of the 99 cities developed a unique Area Based Development (ABD) model which will be used to be implemented citywide.
As per Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, there will be approximately 409 projects for all 99 cities and funds worth Rs 12,824 crores will be invested. Of this amount, Rs 10,639 crores would be in Area Based Development (ABD) and Rs 2,185 crores in Pan City initiatives. Under the Smart City Project, the government will develop better roads, rejuvenate water bodies, cycle tracks, walking paths, smart classrooms, skill development centres and upgrade health facilities under ABD. The Pan City initiatives include integrated command control centre, and ICT- based municipal services will be developed; hence making humongous infrastructural and service-related developments in all 99 cities. Apart from these, basic infrastructure facilities like assured water and power supply, sanitation and solid waste management, efficient urban mobility and public transport, IT connectivity, e-governance and citizen participation will also be included.
The Smart City Mission will be funded with a coalition between Central and State governments with 61.25% coming from Centre and 24.19% state; also 12.90% will come from PPP, 1.57% from cities’ own sources and 0.09% from other sources. Which means, a total investment of Rs 2,03,979 crore will be made under Smart City Project with an allocation of Rs 100 crores for each of the five years of the mission period.