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Smart City: The Government of India’s plan

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Being one of the most booming democracies of the world, India has been a tough competition to all other developing countries. We, being the largest democracy in the world, need a strong  institution that can help us not only in becoming a developed nation industrially but also to increase the quality of living as per the US standards (or for that matter, any developed country).

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Modi government, in its second year has taken a step, has rather started implementing the ‘Smart City’ program. A ‘Smart City’ is a mission that is meant to focus on the most pressing needs in a particular city and on the greatest opportunities through careful planning. The Smart Cities initiative is a bold new ingenuity by the Government of India to drive economic growth and improve the quality of life of people by enabling local development and harnessing technology as a means to create smart outcomes for citizens.

The initiative sounds more like a government’s job- harnessing resources, putting them to optimal use, pressing on needs, so on and so forth. So why is there a different initiative altogether? It is because this initiative will channelize the efforts of all the City-planners, the field experts and the government too. A common platform where all the right individuals can come together and plan a city and make sure the people living there have a better standard of living post the mission.

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And what is a better way to get something done than to change it into a competition? So, the government is now having a competition where top 100 cities will be chosen based on specific criteria and they will compete to become India’s first Smartest City. These cities will have to plan new transformations. Put them into practice, get things done and keep a check on how well the condition of the people has changed. For instance, Hyderabad is soliciting citizen feedback to improve service delivery; Surat has already improved its sanitization conditions while Rajkot is keeping a transparency to improve transport service.

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This mission has for now become a platform for the Municipal Corporations and is expected to widen its horizon over the the time. Smart Cities will embrace ideas that have been proven elsewhere and customize them to meet genuine local needs. In turn, these efforts serve as exemplars, showing the way for others to follow. The city-planners are expected to explore, refine, and revise their ideas until they get it right.

The steps have been taken, it is now necessary to make sure these get implemented correctly so that a vision of Smart City that has been dreamt of becomes a reality.

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Enlisted below are the 98 Smart city areas approved by the Govt. of India-

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Port Blair

Andhra Pradesh

Vishakhapatnam

Tirupati

Kakinada

Arunachal Pradesh

Pasighat

Assam

Guwahati

Bihar

Muzaffarpur

Bhagalpur

Biharsharif

Chandigarh

Chhattisgarh

Raipur

Bilaspur

Dadra and Nagar Haveli

Silvassa

Daman and Diu

Diu

Delhi (NDMC)

Goa

Panaji

Gujarat

Gandhinagar

Ahmedabad

Surat

Vadodara

Rajkot

Dahod

Haryana

Karnal

Faridabad

Himachal Pradesh

Dharamshala

Jharkhand

Ranchi

Karnataka

Mangaluru

Belagavi

Shivamogga

Hubballi-Dharwad

Tumakuru

Davanegere

Kerala

Kochi

Lakshadweep

Kavarrati

Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal

Indore

Jabalpur

Gwalior

Sagar

Satna

Ujjain

Maharashtra

Navi Mumbai

Nashik

Thane

Greater Mumbai

Amravati

Solapur

Nagpur

Kalyan-Dombivali

Aurangabad

Pune

Manipur

Imphal

Meghalaya

Shillong

Mizoram

Aizawl

Nagaland

Kohima

Odisha

Bhubaneshwar

Raurkela

Puducherry

Oulgaret

Punjab

Ludhiana

Jalandhar

Amritsar

Rajasthan

Jaipur

Udaipur

Kota

Ajmer

Sikkim

Namchi

Tamil Nadu

Tiruchirapalli

Chennai

Tiruppur

Coimbatore

Vellore

Salem

Erode

Thanjavur

Tirunelveli

Dindigul

Madurai

Thoothukudi

Telangana

Greater Hyderabad

Greater Warangal

Tripura

Agartala

Uttar Pradesh

Moradabad

Aligarh

Saharanpur

Bareilly

Jhansi

Kanpur

Allahabad

Lucknow

Varanasi

Ghaziabad

Agra

Rampur

Uttarakhand

Dehradun

West Bengal

New Town Kolkata

Bidhannagar

Durgapur

Haldia

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