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August 26,2016
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The Smart Government has launched the “Smart Cities Mission”, a project involving 98 cities of India, which, over a period of five years, will be developed into ‘Smart Cities’. The list of the first 20 Smart Cities was released by the Government on Thursday, 28th January. These twenty cities (of which some come as a surprise) will be the first ones to receive all necessary resources to set the ball rolling on turning them into Smart Cities. A ‘Smart City’ implies a city that gives a good quality of life to its citizens along with a clean and sustainable environment and provides core infrastructure elements like adequate water supply, assured electricity supply, sanitation, including solid waste management, efficient transport and communication, affordable housing, especially for the poor, robust IT connectivity and digitalization, good governance, especially e-Governance and citizen participation, health and education, safety and security etc to accelerate economic growth. Initially each potential Smart City will be given an advance of Rs. two crore for preparation of Smart City Proposal (SCP). After deducting the Rs. two crore advance and administrative and office expenses share of the Ministry of Urban Development, each selected Smart City will be given Rs. 194 crore out of Rs. 200 crore in the first year followed by Rs. 98 crore out of Rs. 100 crore every year for the next three years. The implementation of the Mission at the City level will be done by a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) created for the purpose. The SPV will plan, appraise, approve, release funds, implement, manage, operate, monitor and evaluate the Smart City development projects. The yearly instalment of funds will be released to Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) after they meet the specified conditions as laid down by the Government. Apart from business opportunities for realtors, infrastructure sector, environmental sustainability companies etc, the Smart Cities Project will also create more jobs with a focus on acquiring talent and project management professionals. The first 20 smart cities in India as announced by the Government are: Bhubaneswar, Pune, Jaipur, Surat, Kochi, Ahmedabad, Jabalpur, Visakhapatnam, Solapur, Davangere, Indore, New Delhi Municipal Corporation, Coimbatore, Kakinada, Belagavi, Udaipur, Guwahati, Chennai, Ludhiana and Bhopal

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