With Friday's announcement, 99 Smart Cities have been selected. "Sites, where work under the mission are being carried out or are being proposed to be carried out, will be visited".
Erode has become the 11th city of Tamil Nadu while Uttar Pradesh's Bareily, Moradabad and Saharanpur have also found place in the list of 10 new cities that would be developed under the Centre's ambitious Smart City Mission (SCM).
City features contained in the Smart City Proposals and includes 79 indicators organised in 15 distinct "Categories" for measuring various institutional, social, economic and physical aspects that affect quality of life and determine "Liveability" of a city.
Under its flagship Smart City Mission, the Centre on Friday announced the name of nine cities that had made it to the list after the fourth round of National Smart Cities Challenge competition. Shillong will be the 100th city provided it submits its proposal to the Centre in next three months.
With 99 cities now part of the Smart Cities Mission, the total proposed investment in these cities is estimated to be ₹2,03,979 crore.
Recently, Surat was announced as the highest ranked smart city for implementing and completing largest number of projects. ICT will be used for management of basic urban services such as water supply, sanitation, housing, waste management and urban mobility.
"You will see the physical manifestation of these smart cities in the next six months", he said.
Puri said the SCM is setting a new benchmark in terms of project implementation.
"So far 85 out of 90 cities already selected have incorporated their special goal vehicles (SPVs) and 61 cities have procured PMCs (project management consultants); another 8 cities are in various stages of hiring their PMCs".