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Published on August 1st, 2015

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Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane on Smart Cities list

Maharashtra Government announces 10 cities from State on the country’s list, allots Rs 100 crore per city for the initiative.
by The Editors | editor@themetrognome.in

On the last day of the Monsoon Session of the State Legislature Friday, July 31, the State Government announced the names of Maharashtra’s 10 Smart Cities to be set up in the next 5 years. Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai are on the list, apart from Pune-Pimpri-Chinchwad, Kalyan-Dombivali, Amravati, Nashik, Solapur, Nagpur and Aurangabad.

The Smart Cities initiative envisages the setting up of, or creating, 100 Smart Cities in India. It aims at upgrading existing infrastructure, using technology to improve processes and quality of life, and ensure progress of each city so that more investment is attracted. The bigger plan is to create satellite cities around each Smart City to absorb rising population and set up new industrial and commercial districts.

The Centre has set aside a corpus of Rs 48,000 crore for this purpose. The plan is to spend Rs 100 crore each year in a phase-wise manner per city. An equal sum of money will be set aside by each State in the country.

‘Special Purpose Vehicles’ are to be set up in each city to monitor the progress of work, as also a Smart Cities Experts Forum to chart out a roadmap for the initiative in each State.

(Picture courtesy computer.financialexpress.com. Image used for representational purpose only)

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