MP gets lucky, three cities make it to smart city list

HT Estates - - HTESTATES - Van­dana Ram­nani

Mad­hya Pradesh fi­nally seems t o have shed its BIMARU state sta­tus with at three of its cities, Ja­balpur, In­dore and Bhopal, fig­ur­ing in the list of top 20 smart cities re­leased by Ur­ban D eve l o p m e n t M i n i s t e r M Venka­iah Naidu in the Cap­i­tal to­day.

Other s t ates with more than one city in the list in­clude Andhra Pradesh ( Vishaka­p­at­nam, Kak­i­nada), Ra­jasthan ( Jaipur, Udaipur), Gu­jarat (Su­rat and Ahmed­abad). and Kar­nataka with (De­van­gere and Bel­gaum). The New Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion area in Delhi and five cap­i­tal citi es ( Bhubaneswar, Jaipur, Ahmed­abad, Chen­nai and Bhopal) have made it to the list.

Ut­tar Pradesh has failed to make the cut in the first list. As many as 12 cities had been short­listed from the state that in­cluded Ghazi­abad, Mo­rad­abad, Ali­garh, Sa­ha­ran­pur, Bareilly, Jhansi, Kan­pur, Al­la­habad, Luc­know, Varanasi, Agra and Ram­pur.

Twenty cities are among the 98 towns and cities cho­sen af­ter a com­pe­ti­tion be­tween states. Th­ese in­clude Bhubaneswar, Pune, Jaipur, Su­rat, Kochi, Ahmed­abad, Ja­balpur, Vishaka­p­at­nam, Sho­la­pur, Da­van­agere, In­dore, NDMC, Coim­bat­ore, Kak­i­nada, Belagavi, Udaipur, Guwa­hati, Chen­nai, Ludhiana and Bhopal.

Rank wise, Bhubaneswar topped the list fol­lowed by Pune and Jaipur.

“The com­pe­ti­tion was as rig­or­ous as the civil ser­vices exam,” said Naidu, an­nounc­ing the names.

The min­is­ter said that a to­tal of 1.52 crore cit­i­zens had par­tic­i­pated in the prepa­ra­tion of the am­bi­tious smart city plans at var­i­ous stages and th­ese will demon­strate how in­te­grated plan­ning and smart tech­nolo­gies can de­liver a bet­ter qual­ity of life.

The se­lected cities have been eval­u­ated on the ba­sis of six cri­te­ria, in­clud­ing cred­i­bil­ity of im­ple­men­ta­tion, city vi­sion and strat­egy, and eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts of the plan. In the next two years, 40 cities will be se­lected each year.

“The cri­te­ria of se­lec­tion took into ac­count fac­tors such as im­ple­men­ta­tion frame­work, fea­si­bil­ity and cost ef­fec­tive­ness of plans sub­mit­ted by th­ese cities. Cities were as­sessed on the ba­sis of re­sult ori­en­ta­tion. Those that could not in­di­cate se­ri­ous­ness in com­plet­ing projects on time did not make it to the list,” says Pratap Padode, founder and di­rec­tor, Smart Cities Coun­cil, In­dia, adding “Cities that have not made it to the list need to learn and need to put in hard work in ca­pac­ity-build­ing and keep the de­vel­op­ment frame­work in mind,” he says.

“This i s a wel­come step t owards t he Gover nment’s ur­ban re­newal mis­sion. While this ini­tia­tive will in­volve large-scale retrofitting as well as re­de­vel­op­ment; th­ese cities could be­come show­cases of ur­ban in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment, en­cour­ag­ing oth­ers to fol­low suit. Their suc­cess will rest on the ef­fec­tive im­ple­men­ta­tion of the de­vel­op­ment of th­ese smart cities,” says Anshuman Mag­a­zine, chair­man & MD CBRE South Asia Pvt Ltd.

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