NITI Aayog is organising a workshop tomorrow to provide a platform for exchange of ideas among key stakeholders on development of smart and sustainable cities.
“The workshop titled ‘Transforming Urban India: Developing Smart and Sustainable Cities’ aims to bring together state governments, urban local bodies (ULBs), central government ministries, experts and other stakeholders on a common platform,” NITI Aayog said in a statement.
Finally, the much-anticipated list of potential smart cities in the country has been released. Except Jammu and Kashmir, all states sent their entries and the list released last week has 98 names in it. It is from this list that a second-stage challenge will be carried out and 20 cities selected initially. In successive phases, more cities will follow. The final number is expected to be around 60. The actual process of building “smart” cities will begin at that stage.
A cursory look at the list shows two interesting features. One, of the 35 states and Union territories (UTs), 21 entries are for state capitals or for parts within state capitals or regions encompassing the state capital. In terms of numbers, this is only 21% of the entire set of 98 cities, but if one considers the overall distribution, a majority of the states and UTs have included their capitals in the list (Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh are examples). Two, most states in north India have included their state capitals while some from south India don’t have their capitals in the list (for example, Karnataka and Kerala).