Uttar Pradesh has got maximum smart cities which are 13 in number. This is followed by Tamil Nadu which has 12 smart cities to its credit , Maharashtra at 10 smart cities and Madhya Pradesh having 7 smart cities.
The list also includes 24 capital cities. Cities like Chennai, Dehradun, Vishakhapatnam, Karnal, Aligarh, Jhansi,Thanjavur, Salem, Erode, Sagar, Bilaspur, Ujjain, Silvassa, Dahod, Solapur, Dindigul and Belgavi have also made it to the list.
The cities were selected after a careful process that involved measuring the performance of the nominated cities based on many parameters that were pre-defined by the Union Ministry. The distribution of these smart cities in the various states of India is proportionate to the population of the states and the number of cities and towns in them.
As senior official in the government said :” All cities will have to compete with each other to fulfil the parameters drawn up by the Union government, after which only 20 will be chosen for the first phase of funding in 2015-16. The remaining cities will have to make up for the deficiencies so as to qualify for the next two rounds where 40 cities each will be chosen.”
This means that smart cities shall be built in a phase wise manner and funding shall be sanctioned by the government accordingly. The first smart city on the list is the mega city of Dholera Special Investment Region. This has been planned by Mr. Modi about five years back, way before he became the Prime Minister of India. It is due to advanced planning, that Dholera SIR is now aiming to be the fastest developing city of India.
It encompasses an area of 920 square kilometer of which 22 square kilometer has been assigned towards development of trunk infrastructure. This area is also known as the activation area. Government has promised Rs. 48,000 crores towards development of 100 smart cities which it shall allocate over five years term. A back of the hand calculation can reveal that each city shall be entitled to receive Rs. 480 crores in 5 years towards its development.
Dholera SIR Gujarat is however is way ahead and has already been sanctioned Rs. 2,800 crores. Additional funding shall be raised through Public Private Partnership and foreign investments. Investors are attracted towards Investing in Dholera SIR as they can foresee the return potential the smart city offers which is quite above any other smart city of India.
The smart city mission is a smart move by the Modi government and is expected to bear fruits that shall be immensely rewarding over a period of few years.
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Title: Among men and horses
Year: 1894 (1890s)
Authors: Hayes, M. Horace (Matthew Horace), 1842-1904
Subjects: Horses Horses — Training
Publisher: New York : Dodd, Mead & company
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