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Kaun Banega Smart City? Winners of Nationwide Competition to be Announced Today

Some 100 towns and cities across India will today hear the results of a competition that could dramatically change their future. The government will announce nominations for its ambitious Smart Cities project this afternoon. Sources say cities like Patna, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram and Shimla have failed to make the cut in round one. Each state will get at least one Smart City, which, in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s words, translates to “very high quality of life comparable with any developed European city”.2-1 To earn a Smart City tag, the city has to check all the boxes that include service levels, existing infrastructure and track record. Proposals from states were also judged on how realistic is its execution. The top 20 cities chosen for the project will be financed this year. The rest of the cities will be asked to get their act together, focus on deficiencies and prepare for Round 2 of the competition.2-2During the selection process, each state was assigned a specific number of Smart City slots based on urban population among other factors. Uttar Pradesh, the most populous and politically vital state, will get the most number of Smart Cities – 13. The state government has also recommended Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s constituency Rae Bareli. Tamil Nadu will have 12 and Maharashtra will get 10 such cities. Madhya Pradesh will have seven Smart Cities and Gujarat and Karnataka will have six each. Sources say Jammu and Kashmir wanted time to decide between Jammu and Srinagar as its nominee for the project.

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