Centre gets 85 smart city proposals

Our Bureau | | Updated on: Jan 22, 2018

Telangana seeks to replace Hyderabad with Karimnagar

The Ministry of Urban Development on Tuesday said that it has received 85 out of 98 smart city proposals, almost meeting its target of getting 86 proposals, as Tamil Nadu has sought more time to submit 12 proposals on account of floods.

“While 17 proposals were submitted yesterday, 68 proposals were received in the Ministry on Tuesday, the last day for submission,” an official statement said, adding that “Telangana Government has sought to replace Hyderabad in the smart city mission by another city, to be communicated later”.

A senior official in the Ministry told BusinessLine that Telangana wants to now nominate Karimnagar in the second round of the challenge as the State feels that Hyderabad already has good infrastructure.

“It is expected that total investment proposed by the 85 cities which have submitted proposals would be about ₹2.50 lakh crore,” the statement added.

On the receipt of all proposals, the second stage of ‘City Challenge Competition’ will commence. Three teams will judge each city proposal separately. Each team will include an urban planning expert as well as another economic expert. The average of marks given by the three teams separately will be used for ranking top 20 cities. Winners are expected to be announced next month.

Proposals will be judged by the Centre on credibility of implementation, city vision and strategy, economic and environmental impacts, cost effectiveness, innovation and scalability and processes followed, including citizen implementation.

Published on December 15, 2015
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