The Centre on Thursday announced the names of 98 cities selected for the flagship smart cities project but Mumbai, Bengaluru and Patna don't figure in the list. The names of the cities selected for the Rs 48,000-crore smart city project was released pending a nomination each from Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.
We take a look at what does a smart city means and how it will affect the lives of its inhabitants.
A smart city is a urban area represented by the four pillars of comprehensive development - institutional, physical, social and economic infrastructure. In the long term, cities can work towards developing such comprehensive infrastructure incrementally, adding on layers of 'smartness'.
The Narendra Modi government aims to promote cities that provide core infrastructure and give a decent quality of life to its citizens, a clean and sustainable environment and application of 'Smart' Solutions.
According to the government, the smart cities to be developed in the country will have the following features.
The core infrastructure elements in a Smart City would include: