Lucknow, Faridabad, Dharmashala, Chandigarh, Raipur, New Town Kolkata, Panaji, Ranchi, Bhagalpur (in Bihar), and Warangal (in Telangana) are among the 13 new cities that have been selected under the Smart City scheme. Dehradun did not make it in the group. The other cities that made it to the list included Port Blair, Imphal and Agartala.
Earlier 20 cities were nominated for smart city development with a proposed investment of Rs 50560 crore. The 13 cities announced later has an investment of Rs 30,299.
The Ministry for Urban Development said that the cities selected in this round have improved their earlier plans in areas including better profiling of respective cities, ensuring consistency between citizens’ aspirations and action plans, more feasible resource mobilization plans and presenting a more coordinated and integrated picture of how individual projects will contribute to the area level changes. The cities that are not currently selected for development will have to revise their plans and submit them for evaluation for a competition held end of June.