Chandrababu Naidu, CM of Andhra Pradesh has declared the name of six cities that will be turned into smart cities under Union Government Smart City Program.
Hyderabad, December 23, 2016: The Andhra Pradesh state government has decided to turn six more towns into smart cities. The chosen towns are already shortlisted at the cabinet meeting. This step is obviously in accordance with the Central government’s Smart City initiative. The state cabinet met under the chairmanship of Chandrababu Naidu. After the cabinet meeting, the CM has declared the name of six cities which are about to become smart cities. These six cities are Srikakulam, Nellore, Ongole, Eluru, Anantapur, and Kurnool. The municipal elections are due in Srikakulam and Ongole, and the other four towns, have already elected municipal councils. So this situation might create some confusion at the time of the transformation process.
According to sources, the move for the upgradations of these six civic bodies into smart cities is a pre-planned technique to gain central’s fund. Tirupati, Kakinada and Visakhapatnam have already been selected for smart city project of the central government. The Central government has already declared that the union government will render the fund for the development of these selected cities.
After the meeting, P Narayana, the municipal administration minister stated that the state government has already decided six cities that will be turned into smart cities.
According to P Narayana, there is a dire need for accelerating housing projects in Andhra Pradesh. So this step will serve the purpose of developing the living condition in Andhra Pradesh. He also said that the state government is thinking about setting up special purpose vehicle to produce funds for the developmental projects of these smart cities. These separate SPVs would be set up in a specific manner to generate fund for the development of these cities.
With the union government taking steps towards developmental activities in Guntur and Vijayawada for turning these two cities in smart cities, and also taking the initiative to invest into smart city projects in our states, almost all cities in south coastal and central India are about to get covered under this smart city mission.
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