A list of 98 nominees of smart cities have been announced by the Union government on Thursday. Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said in a statement that the work for smart cities was started a year back. The surprising element was that most of the smart cities were from Uttar Pradesh followed by Tamil Nadu and then Maharashtra. The Smart City Mission will cover 13 crore population across 98 cities which is 35% of urban population.
Naidu said that the central government has proposed to give financial support to the Mission with a maximum amount of 48,000 crore rupees for a time frame of five years. a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) will be implemented as a part of the Mission at the city level. He also claimed that state/UTs & urban local bodies have an important role to play in the implementation of Smart City. There is no specific definition of a Smart City and would differ from one city to the other and country to country based on the level of development and quest to change and reform, resources and ambitions of the residents of the city.
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