UP gets lion’s share of smart cities, UTs get one each
100 smart cities have been distributed among states and union territories on the basis of a formula that gives weightage to urban population
Under the government’s smart cities initiative, Uttar Pradesh (13) has been allocated the maximum number of cities followed by Tamil Nadu (12), Maharashtra ( 10), Madhya Pradesh ( 7), Gujarat (6), Karnataka (6) and West Bengal (4) and Rajasthan (4).
A total number of 100 smart cities have been distributed among the states and union territories on the basis of a formula that gives equal weightage (50:50) to urban population of the state/UT and the number of statutory towns in the state/ UT. Based on this formula, each state/UT will, therefore, have a certain number of potential smart cities, with each state/UT having at least one. The number of potential smart cities from each state/UT will be capped at the indicated number, according to Mission Statement and Guidelines issued by MoUD..
It is interesting to note that four states—Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar—are headed for assembly polls in the next two years and that even though Uttar Pradesh has been allocated 13 cities, only 22% of its population lives in urban areas.
Also, even though Tamil Nadu and Kerala have the highest urban population with approximately 48% each, the former has been allocated 12 cities and the latter only one., say experts
The distribution of smart cities will be reviewed after two years of the implementation of the mission. Based on an assessment of the performance of states/ULBs in the challenge, some re-allocation of the remaining potential smart cities among states may be required to be done by MoUD.
What this means is that if say, UP with an allocation of 13 smart cities, is unable to make any progress at the end of the first year, the government has the option to increase the allocation for Haryana which has only two cities if the state does well, explains Amit Bhatt of Embarq India.
Uttar Pradesh has been allocated the maximum number of smart cities even though only 22% of its population lives in urban areas