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

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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.

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Ut­tar Pradesh has been al­lo­cated the max­i­mum num­ber of smart cities even though only 22% of its pop­u­la­tion lives in ur­ban ar­eas

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