Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Union Minister for Urban Development M.Venkaiah Naidu at a press conference today said that seven more capital cities will be allowed to enter the smart city competition. They are Patna, Shimla, Naya Raipur, Itanagar, Amaravati, Bengaluru and Thiruvananthapuram.
Twenty-three cities, with the highest ranking from as many States and Union Terrritories, which failed to get representation in the first round of competition held in January participated in the ‘Fast Track Competition’ from which these 13 were selected. The 23 cities that competed in Fast Track Competition were Warangal (Telangana), Lucknow, New Town Kolkata, Panaji, Pasighat (Arunachal Pradesh), Dharmashala (Himachal Pradesh), Faridabad (Haryana), Raipur (Chattisgarh), Bhagalpur (Bihar), Shillong (Meghalaya), Namchi (Sikkim), Port Blair (Andaman & Nicobar Islands), Diu (Daman & Diu), Oulgaret (Puducherry), Silvassa (Dadra & Nagar Haveli), Imphal (Manipur), Ranchi (Jharkhand), Agartala (Tripura), Kohima (Nagaland), Aizawl (Mizoram), Kavaratti (Lakshadweep), Dehradun (Uttarakhand) and Chandigarh.