IBEF: August 28, 2015
New Delhi: The total population of the proposed 98 Smart Cities to receive benefits from the project is about 120 million accounting for 35 per cent of country’s total urban population as per the 2011 census. 35 cities and towns have a population between 0.1 and 0.5 million. 21 cities have population between 0.5 and 1 million. 25 cities have population of above 1 million and below 2.5 million while five cities have population in the range of 2.5 to 5 million. Four cities - Chennai, Greater Hyderabad, Greater Mumbai and Ahmedabad have population of about above 5 million each. Silvassa, Diu, Kavaratti, Pasighat in Arunachal and Namchi in Sikkim are some cities in the list with population of less than 0.1 million. Out of 98 cities, 24 are capital cities, another 24 are business and industrial centres, 18 are of cultural and tourism importance, five are port cities, and three cities are education and health care hubs. Bidhannagar, Durgapur, Haldia are other three cities to be developed as Smart City in Bengal. Chennai, Erode, Salem, Coimbatore, Madurai and Vellore are among 12 cities which are selected from Tamil Nadu. Dehradun and Agartala have been selected from Uttarakhand and Tripura respectively. Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar have been selected from Punjab while Bhubaneswar and Rourkela from Odisha made the list. Ajmer, Jaipur, Udaipur and Kota have been selected from Rajasthan while Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Surat and Rajkot are among six cities from Gujarat that were selected. Ranchi and Dharamshala will represent Jharkhand and Himachal respectively in the list. Karnal and Faridabad from Haryana and Kochi from Kerala have made it to the list. Biharsharif, Bhagalpur and Muzafarpur from Bihar and Vishakhapatnam, Tirupati and Kakinada from Andhra Pradesh also got selected.
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