Government of India today declared that Jammu and Srinagar in J&K are among 11 cities to have been allowed to participate in "All India City Challenge Competition".
The twin capital cities of Jammu and Kashmir have been selected for the 'All India City Challenge Competition' after they were finalized among other cities and towns of J&K on the basis of parameters set for the smart city project.
"After finalization of 98 potential Smart Cities selected on the basis of recommendations of states and UTs, 11 cities will be allowed to participate in the All India City Challenge to shortlist two more places (from among them) for remaining 2 projects", Union Minister of State for Urban Development, Rao Inderjit Singh said in a written reply to a clubbed un-starred question in Lok Sabha.
He was responding to the queries about whether Government of India was intending to increase the number of smart cities from 100, allow more cities to participate in the competition, and the maximum funds provided for a smart city project, etc.
The Union Minister said that the target of development of 100 smart cities will not be increased adding names of 98 cities for developing these into Smart Cities have already been finalized. "For remaining 2 projects, Jammu and Srinagar cities of Jammu and Kashmir, Meerut and Raibareli cities of Uttar Pradesh, Thiruvanathapuram of Kerala, Patna of Bihar, Itanagar of Arunachal Pradesh, Shimla in Himachal Pradesh, Bangalore in Karnataka, Amravati of Andhra Pradesh and Naya Raipur city of Chattisgarh have been allowed to participate in the All India City Challenge" he added.
On funding pattern for smart cities, the Union Minister informed, "Government of India will provide financial (total) support to the extent of Rs 48,000 crore over five years period i.e. on an average Rs 100 crore per smart city per year", adding that an equal amount on a matching basis will have to be contributed by the State and Urban Local Body (ULB)".