Chandigarh, which had missed the bus for the Union government’s smart city development plan in January this year, has now made it in the second list, at fourth position among 13 selected on Tuesday.
Chandigarh had failed to make to the first list of top 20 smart cities earlier this year following its not-so-impressive presentation and inability to show fund-generation sources. However, this time, the administration roped in US-based consultant firm AECOM for preparing the revised proposal.
In all, 23 cities had participated in the second-list competition out of which the 13 names were announced by the Urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu. According to the list, Chandigarh has improved the quality of its smart city plan by 9%. Chandigarh has been selected by the Union ministry of urban development after the UT administration had sent its revised proposal in April this year, projecting the city as a hub of innovation and start-ups.
The new proposal aims at making the city “a vibrant regional centre to build upon its strong social, intellectual and cultural heritage”. In the revised proposal, the administration has proposed to make Chandigarh a centre of innovation and start-ups, to it a vibrant and distinct regional centre, besides making it a healthy and sustainable city.