Coaching hub of country Kota along with Ajmer are among the 27 urban centres, picked on Tuesday to be developed as smart cities, under the NDA government’s ambitious plan for an urban overhaul.
With this a total of four cities from Rajasthan, including Jaipur and Udaipur, will be developed under the Centre’s urban modernisation plan.
India plans to have 100 such cities by 2022. Sixty have been chosen, including 20 in January and 13 in May, the remaining will be picked by 2018. Meant to change the way urban India lives, smart cities will enjoy uninterrupted power and water supplies, internet connectivity, e-governance along with quality infrastructure.
Soon after the list was announced by Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu, Twitter was flooded with congratulatory notes from political leaders and citizens.
Kota MP Om Birla said, “The smart city project will not only lead to development in Kota City, but will also create employment opportunities.”
Naidu also tweeted: “Congratulations to Rajasthan, 2 cities Ajmer and Kota are selected as smart cities in the 3rd round of competition.”
An elated Kota mayor, Mahesh Vijay, said Kota City would get Rs 1,000 crore in next five years under the smart city project which would be utilised for the development of infrastructure. He said: “Union government, Rajasthan government and KMC would contribute one-third amount each under the project.”
“KMC will utilise the smart city fund for developing green belt, roads, sewerage system, tourism development, water supply network, parking system, gardens and other development projects in the city.”
“The required revenue for Smart City project would be collected from the urban development tax, through auction of land, KMC’s 15% share from Urban Improvement Trust, government funds and other revenue sources.”
Kota could not make it to the smart city list in the first two rounds due to lack of adequate revenue generation sources.