Pune, So­la­pur among 20 cities on the first list

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The NDA govern­ment’s am­bi­tious scheme to de­velop 100 smart cities kicked off on Thurs­day with the Cen­tre an­nounc­ing the names of the first batch of 20 ur­ban cen­tres that have made the cut.

Of the 20, nine cities were se­lected from BJP-ruled states — Gu­jarat (Su­rat, Ahmed­abad), Ra­jasthan (Jaipur, Udaipur), Mad­hya Pradesh (In­dore, Bhopal and Ja­balpur) and Maharashtra (So­la­pur, Pune) — while four be­longed to Congress-ruled As­sam (Guwa­hati), Ker­ala (Kochi) and Kar­nataka (Bel­gaum and Da­van­gere).

Poll-bound West Ben­gal did not make the cut as did Bi­har and Ut­tar Pradesh.

In fact, 13 cities from Ut­tar Pradesh were short-listed but all of them lost the first round. “Se­lec­tion is one thing, qual­i­fy­ing for the pro­ject quite an­other.

Pop­u­la­tion and the size of the state were cited as the two main rea­sons when UP got the max­i­mum cities short-listed un­der the plan. I am sure our turn would come in the next round. It’s just a mat­ter of tim­ing,” an of­fi­cial said in Luc­know.

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Ur­ban de­vel­op­ment min­is­ter M Venka­iah Naidu re­leas­ing the list of 20 smart cities.

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