Rajasthan becomes the first state to submit smart city plan

Rajasthan has become the first state to submit Smart City plan to the Urban Development Ministry. Manjit Singh, Principal Secretary (urban development) of Rajasthan submitted Smart City proposals of three cities – Udaipur, Kota and Ajmer to UD Additional Secretary Samir Sharma at Nirman Bhawan. Investment outlays proposed for developing these three cities as smart cities are Kota – Rs 1,493 cr, Ajmer – Rs 1,300 cr and Udaipur – Rs 1,221 cr. Smart City proposal for Jaipur will be submitted later in the evening. Investment proposed for Jaipur is Rs 2,403 cr.

In all, Rajasthan has proposed a total investment of Rs 6,457 cr for five years for developing four cities as Smart Cities.  Barring Tamil Nadu, which has faced a worst flood situation in the recent years, all states and UTs are expected to submit their Smart Cities plan to UD Ministry by December 15. Tamil Nadu account for 12 Smart Cities.

Smart Cities Mission

  • The government of India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a vision of developing 100 smart cities as satellite towns of larger cities and by modernizing the existing mid-sized cities.
  • The government plans to identify 20 smart cities in 2015, 40 in 2016 and another 40 in 2017.
  • A total of 98000 crore (US$15 billion) has been approved by the Indian Cabinet for development of 100 smart cities and rejuvenation of 500 others.
  • The Government on 27th August 2015 released the list of nominees for the ambitious smart city project. The list comprises 98 cities, including many state capitals.

Rajasthan

  • Capital : Jaipur
  • Chief Minister : Vasundhara Raje
  • Governor : Kalyan Singh
  • State Animal : Camel

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