3 Cities Selected From UP Under Smart Cities Mission List In 4rth Round
Ghaziabad which had competed in the Smart City race the fourth time, failed to figure in the list of nine smart cities released by the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs. The list included three cities selected from Uttar Pradesh—Bareilly, Moradabad and Saharanpur.
The nine cities selected in the fourth round are Bareilly, Moradabad and Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, Erode in Tamil Nadu, Bihar Sharif in Bihar, Silvassa in Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Diu in Daman and Diu, Kavaratti in Lakshadweep and Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh.
Announcing the names of nine cities selected for the Smart City project, minister of state, housing and urban affairs said in Delhi that under the scheme, each city would get Rs 500 crore from the Centre to implement various projects.
He told that of the Rs 12,824 crore, an amount Rs 10,639 crore would be utilised for Area Based Development initiatives and Rs 2,185 crore for Pan City initiatives that would impact 35.3 lakh people living in these areas.
With the selection of these nine cities, the total proposed investment in Smart Cities would be Rs 2,03,979 crore, sources said. With the new addition, the number of Smart Cities is now 99 across the country.
Bareilly Municipal Corporation (BMC) commissioner said that the agency would now focus on Bareilly’s world famous zari (embroidery) work under the Smart City drive to bring about changes in the lives of zari artisans.
Bareilly’s smart city plan also incorporates features such as sanitation, waste management, quality of life, affordable housing, buses equipped with CCTV cameras and global positioning system (GPS), multi-level smart parking facility and LED streetlights, among others. In September 2016, Bareilly had failed to qualify in the second round of smart city projects due to drawbacks in its proposal. Bareilly had competed with 11 other cities, including Lucknow, Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi and Meerut. In June this year, Bareilly again failed to make it in the third round of smart city selection.
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