Indian Government Plans ‘Smart Cities’ Under Urban Renewal Mission

Government is planning to develop  “smart” cities with a host of modern features like intelligent transport and carbon neutral status in the second phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal mission.

“We have an urban renewal mission which means that the central government funds the cities and one of our programmes is that we propose to have two smart cities in every state,” Urban Development minister Kamal Nath told reporters.

The minister said medium sized cities with half a million to one million population will be developed as smart cities and expertise of Austrian Institute of Technology had been sought for the purpose. Nath also said that medium sized cities like Ujjain or Jabalpur would be considered for the proposals.

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