Panaji misses Smart City bus; neighbouring Belgaum, Pune among 20

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 28 January 2016 18:07 IST

Panaji missed the bus of a Smart City. It is not among the 20 cities chosen for the prestigious projects by the central government.

Bhubaneswar, capital of Odisha, topped the list announced by union urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu today.

Belagavi (Belgaum) of Karnataka and Pune of Maharashtra, which Goans quite frequent to, will be developed as the Smart Cities.

Davangere of Karnataka is also being chosen for the Smart City project.

While announcing the list, Naidu said an investment of Rs 50,802 crore has been proposed in the selected smart cities and towns during the five-year period.  

In the future, the government plans to announce 40 cities each to be developed as a smart city. 

The list includes 3 cities from Rajasthan, 2 each from Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka and one each from Odisha, Kerala, Assam, Punjab and India’s capital city of New Delhi.

The selected cities will be equipped with basic infrastructure, efficient urban mobility and public transport, IT connectivity and e-governance mechanisms.

Following is the ranking of the Smart Cities chosen:

1. Bhubaneswar, Odisha

2. Pune, Maharashtra

3. Jaipur, Rajasthan

4. Surat, Gujarat

5. Kochi, Kerala

6. Ahmedabad, Gujarat

7. Jabalpur, Rajasthan



8. Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

9. Sholapur, Maharashtra

10. Davangere, Karnataka

11. Indore, Madhya Pradesh

12. New Delhi Municipal Corporation

13. Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

14. Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh

15. Belagavi, Karnataka

16. Udaipur, Rajasthan

17. Guwahati, Assam

18. Chennai, Tamil Nadu

19. Ludhiana, Punjab

20. Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

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Comment contd... Panaji was not included since central govt is aware that in Goa implementation of any new plan is difficult. Here for any minor things people's consent is required, then environmentalists, heritage lovers, right activists, etc.

- Madhav Bastodker, Ponda | 28 th January 2016 20:21

 

Central govt is oversmart as regards Goa. Panaji was not included in the smart city list because there are people who claim Panaji is already smart. Besides in Goa implementation of any new programme is now imp

- Madhav Bastodker, Ponda | 28 th January 2016 20:03

 

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