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Smart cities for smarter India

The concept of Smart city varies from city to city, depending on the resources, the level of development, the demands and the involvement of the city dwellers. To meet the needs of citizens, city planners have developed the urban ecosystem. The aim of the mission will be to provide basic infrastructures such as water and electricity supply, adequate sanitation, waste management, mobility and public transport as well as affordable houses in order to offer their citizens quality of life. The purpose of the mission would also be to use technology in such a way that intelligent solutions emerge.

The first series of 20 Smart Cities was announced by Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday, January 28th. These 20 smart cities will initially receive financial means in order to initiate their development process without further delay. The total of the mission is estimated at INR 96,000 crore, for which the Center has already set aside a figure of INR 48,000 crore which will be released at frequent intervals over the next five years, and the remainder 48,000 will be generated by the state.

Comprehensive development along this path will improve the quality of life, create jobs and raise incomes for all, especially the poor and disadvantaged, which will lead to inclusive cities. Below is the list of 20 Smart Cities, with Bhubaneswar as the privileged as it tops the list.

  1. BhubaneshwarKnown as the "Temple City of India", Bhubaneswar is the preferred city to top the list of Smart Cities. It is the only tier 2 city in the country that hosts the top 5 Indian IT companies: Infosys, Wipro, Tata Consulting Services, Tech Mahindra and Mindtree. It is also a regional access to the Golden Tourist Triangle of Puri, Konark and Chilika Lake, some of the famous places in Odisha.

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  1. Pune

Pune is the eighth largest city in India in terms of population and GDP. With rapid urbanization, Pune's population is expected to grow from 5.5 million to 7.7 million by 2030, putting a strain on core infrastructure and life expectancy. A smart city mission is therefore essential for Pune in order to make it a sustainable city despite resource pressures and population growth.
  1. Jaipur

Jaipur, also known as the "Pink City", is a major tourist attraction of India. The city is known for its fascinating monuments and colorful markets, hand-woven clothing and wonderfully landscaped gardens. It is an important hub for arts and crafts. There are many traditional shops selling antiques, jewelry, crafts, precious stones, bangles, pottery, carpets, textiles, leather, and metal products. In short, shopping in Jaipur is a pure pleasure for the tourists.

  1. Surat

The city of Surat, formerly known as Suryapur, is the administrative capital of the Surat District. It is a vibrant economic center with 80% of the world's diamond manufacturers and 40% of India's demand for textiles. It also serves as an economic hub for several industries. In this context, it is becoming increasingly important to use technology to enable modernization.
  1. Kochi

Kochi, also called Cochin, is an important port city on the southwest coast of India. Also known as the "Queen of the Arabian Sea", Kochi has been an important spice trading center on the west coast of India since 14 CE.


  1. NDMC (New Delhi)

The country's political and business hub, Delhi boasts of being the perfect blend of history and modernity. In addition to the best universities in the world, Delhi has the best research centers, theaters, art centers and museums. New Delhi offers the architectural brilliance of British and Mughal buildings like the Rashtrapati Bhawan and Red Fort to the contemporary brilliance of several amusement parks, shopping malls and party hubs.
  1. Ahmedabad

The second largest cotton producer in India, Ahmedabad, has developed into an important economic and industrial center. The city is divided into two physical regions by the Sabarmati. The old city is on the east side and is characterized by places of worship, some buildings from the British era and packed bazaars, and the new city to the west, almost all of which were built in the last 50 years. It has wider streets, educational institutions, residential areas, and shopping malls.

  1. Jabalpur

Jabalpur, a Tier 2 city in the state of Madhya Pradesh, is the third largest state in the country and the 37th largest metropolitan area in the country. It is best known to tourists for the unique marble rocks on the Narmada River. Also, if you have enough time on your vacation, we recommend that you take an interesting trip of 5 cities from Madhya Pradesh.
  1. Vizag, Andhra Pradesh

Visakhapatnam or Vizag on the coast of the Bay of Bengal is the largest city of Andhra Pradesh in terms of area and population. It is also known as the financial capital of Andhra Pradesh. As home to India's largest shipyard, it contributes to the Indian economy in many areas such as heavy industry, tourism, industrial minerals, fisheries and information technology.


  1. Solapur, Maharashtra

The city of Solapur is located in the southeast region of Maharashtra. It has the world's second largest and largest spinning mill in Asia, and with the highest number of sugar mills, the city is home to huge textile factories, sugar mills and bidi units.



11.Davangere, Karnataka

Dug in the foothills of the Western Ghats, Davanagere is currently an important agro-industrial hub for rice and sugar cane and therefore known as the "Manchester of South India". The city also has a number of prestigious educational institutions. No wonder that it is among the top 20 smart cities that prepare smart minds for the coming generation.

12.Indore, M.P

Just a city with IIM and IIT, Indore is a city of superlatives with the largest pharmaceutical market in the world, Asia's largest colony and the largest river pipeline. Indore has always been a commercially important city from yesteryear. And foodies are taking note that it has been voted the "Food City of India".


13. Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

The second largest city and metropolitan area, after Chennai, has now emerged as a center for the IT and engineering industries. Its proximity to the big cities of the south earned it the title "Nucleus of South India" and found an important place in the economy. Its picturesque beauty is hard to ignore.

14. Udaipur, Rajasthan

City of Lakes or "Venice of the East", Udaipur has always been the top destination for foreign tourists. The city of Udaipur is a mixture of culture, architecture and science. With its magnificent palaces and magnanimous forts, it was named "the best city in the world". And now it gets the benefit of being one of the smart cities in India!


15. Hopal, M.P

Located in central India, Bhopal is a heartthrob. It's a captivating amalgamation of scenic beauty, history and town planning and not just an inspiration for the character "Soorma Bhopali" in Sholay. The city has overcome the wreck and trauma of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy and is now well on its way to becoming India's next smart city.

16. Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh

Located on the northeast coast of Andhra Pradesh, Kakinada is known as the fertilizer city. Surrounded by pristine beaches and breathtaking landscapes, it is also an important hub for the IT industry. Its cosmopolitan lifestyle and dotted planning have made it deserve to be a smart city.


17. Ludhiana, Punjab
Ludhiana, which takes its name from the Lodhi dynasty, is the "cultural-industrial" capital of Punjab. The city is a major textile and industrial center and is affectionately known as the Manchester of India. With its definitive growth, it is an emerging metropolis.

18. Guwahati, Assam


It is the city of shopping malls, discos and Pride parades, a place where the new and the old collide. IIT Guwahati ranks 14th worldwide in the list of the best 20 universities in the world. The city also has the largest tea auction market. As it is a "gateway to north-east India", Guwahati will be instrumental in the development of the seven sisters.

19. Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Chennai has a very strong auto parts manufacturing base and has earned the nickname "Detroit of Asia". When it comes to technological and medical advancement, we owe it to Chennai. The city has developed well over time without forgetting its traditional and cultural roots.

20. Belgium, Karnataka

The polemical city that fights for its borders with Maharashtra and Goa is now supposed to become an intelligent city. It is known as the "Cradle for Infantry" because of a number of training centers for Indian Armed Forces. The lush greenery and picturesque forts make it a popular destination for tourists.

The prospect of these smart cities has paved India's way into the developed world. I'm looking forward to the first series of smart cities that will make India a globally recognized company. Way to go!

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