Urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu today announced third set of smart cities taking the total number to 60. These 27 cities will require investment of Rs 66,883 crore.
The third list constitutes five cities from Maharashtra namely Aurangabad, Kalyan –Dombivali, Nagpur, Nashik and Thane. Four cities, each from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, found their place in the list namely Hubli –Dharwad, Mengaluru, Shivmoga, Tumkur (All Karnataka) and Salem, Thanjavur, Madurai, Vellore (All Tamil Nadu).
3 cities from Uttar Pradesh (Kanpur, Agra, and Varanasi), 2 each from Punjab (Amritsar, Jalandhar), Rajasthan (Kota, Ajmer) and Madhya Pradesh (Ujjain, Gwalior) and one each from Andhra Pradesh (Tirupati), Odisha (Rurkela), Gujarat (Vadodara), Sikkim (Namchi) and Nagaland (Kohima) are in the new list.
Under the Smart City mission, the central government provides Rs 500 crore for each city over five years with states making matching contribution. According to urban development ministry’s estimate, Rs 1.44 lakh crore investments have been proposed by the 60 cities that have been selected so far.