The Madhya Pradesh government is pushing four cities for the next round of smart city selections by the Centre, after three cities from the state made the cut in the first round in January this year.
The state’s urban administration and development department (UADD) has prepared presentations for Ujjain, Gwalior, Satna and Sagar, which were shown to chief secretary Anthony DeSa on Monday.
By June-end, the presentations will be sent to the Union urban development ministry for approval, officials said.
In the second round, 67 cities from across the country will compete for 20 positions which will be developed into smart cities.
Smart cities will have basic infrastructure through assured water and power supply, sanitation and solid waste management, efficient urban mobility and public transport, IT connectivity, e-governance and citizen participation.
CU Roy, the UADD nodal officer for smart cities, said, “Ujjain and Gwalior were on 21st and 22nd positions (in the first round) and lost by just one mark, otherwise there would have been five smart cities approved from Madhya Pradesh.”
UADD commissioner Vivek Agarwal told HT, “We have increased the budget of these cities and we are quite hopeful that all the four would make it to the second list.”
Madhya Pradesh’s seven cities – Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Gwalior, Sagar, Satna and Ujjain –featured in the list of 98 cities selected for development as smart cities. However, only Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur were selected in the first list of 20 cities.
IN THE RACE
Gwalior: The historical city, known tourist attraction, is surrounded by industrial zones. Many organisations, commissions and boards have their headquarters here
Sagar: Located almost at the centre of the country, Sagar is known as a major agricultural trade centre with industries like oil and flour mills, saw-mills, ghee processing units etc
Satna: It is a major commercial city of Vindhya region in north eastern part of Madhya Pradesh. Satna is also known as the cement hub of the state
Ujjain: The city of Mahakal is considered one of the most ancient cities in India. Lakhs of devotees visit this city every year and contribute to the religious tourism.