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