Govt to rank 116 cities on 'liveability parameters'

Violet Powell
January 21, 2018

Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri announced on Friday that Silvassa (Dadra and Nagar Haveli) has topped the list of winning cities in the fourth round of Smart City competition.

The other cities that made into the nine smart cities list were Bareilly, Itanagar, Moradabad, Saharanpur and Kavaratti.

Only 15 of the 20 cities in the fray in round four of the smart cities challenge submitted a formal proposal, Puri said. Meanwhile, the government announced commencement of the Liveability Index Programme in 116 cities.

The minister also announced liveability index for 116 Indian cities which include 99 smart cities along with few more cities which have one million plus population.

Puri, who is in the Goan capital to attend a session on- "The Imagine Panaji Smart City Development", said that the delegation from the urban development and housing ministry will review the smart city projects in Panaji and in the entire state. Around Rs2,185 crore would go into wider pan-city projects.

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Minister said Smart Cities is one of the fastest implemented government initiatives till date.

He averred that, with the selection of these nine cities, the total projected investment in 99 smart cities will be Rs 2,03,979 crore.

Interestingly, as per RTI's reply, the Ministry has stated that total Rs 9,900 crore has been given to the States under SCM.

He said these cities have proposed to take up various projects, including "smart" roads, rejuvenation of water bodies, cycle tracks, walking paths, smart classrooms, skill development centres, upgradation of health facilities and pan city projects like integrated command control centre. Of these, only Rs 2500 crore (approximately) will be spent by States.

As on January 17, Puri said there were 2,948 projects worth Rs 1.38 lakh crore in various stages of implementation, while 189 projects worth Rs 2,237 crore have been completed.

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