All states except Tamil Nadu, J&K meet Smart City deadline
(This story originally appeared in on Dec 16, 2015)
NEW DELHI: Barring Tamil Nadu and Jammu & Kashmir, all the other 34 states and Union territories have submitted 85 Smart City proposals with an approximate investment of Rs 2 lakh crore in the next five years. While Telengana wants to replace Hyderabad with Karim Nagar, Uttar Pradesh has submitted proposal for only 12 cities and is yet to take a call on whether to include Meerut or Rae Bareli.
Jammu & Kashmir is demanding inclusion of two cities instead of one, and has not sent the proposal so far.Tamil Nadu, which has been grappling with devastating floods, has sought extra time.
“The evaluation of each proposal will take some time and we expect Tamil Nadu to send the proposal soon,“ said a ministry official.
The Centre will now choose the first 20 proposals forwarded by urban local bodies to get assistance starting this financial year after assessing their plans, capability and financing frameworks.Another 40 each will be selected in the next two years.
“The focus of this entire exercise is to ensure that all the shortlisted cities submitted their proposal.