Bhubaneswar: Jan 28; Urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday announced the first list of 20 cities to be developed as Smart Cities, with Bhubaneswar topping the list and Pune and Jaipur coming in second and third respectively.
The others on the list include Surat, Kochi and Ahmedabad.
These cities will be developed to have basic infrastructure through assured water and power supply, sanitation and solid waste management, efficient urban mobility and public transport, IT connectivity, e-governance and citizen participation.
"The states selected cities and sent us a list of 97 names. There was a competition among these names and 20 cities have been selected," Naidu told a news conference. "Bottom up approach has been the key planning principle under Smart City Mission," he said.
"The Smart City Challenge Competition was as rigorous and demanding as the civil services competition conducted," Naidu quipped.
1. Bhubaneswar, Odisha
2. Pune, Maharashtra
3. Jaipur, Rajasthan
4. Surat, Gujarat
5. Kochi, Kerala
6. Ahmedabad, Gujarat
7. Jabalpur, Rajasthan
8. Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
9. Sholapur, Maharashtra
10. Davangere, Karnataka
11. Indore, Madhya Pradesh
12. New Delhi Municipal Corporation
13. Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
14. Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh
15. Belagavi, Karnataka