Smart city guidelines almost ready: Naidu

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Smart city guidelines are in an advanced stage of finalisation after which cities where the projects are to be implemented would be selected, Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said on Thursday.

Replying to supplementaries in the RajyaSabha, Naidu said, “The smart cities Guidelines are under formulation stage; which will contain the criteria… Guidelines are under advanced stage of finalisation. Any time it can be finalised.”

He said, the selection of cities will be made after the guidelines are finalised. “We are in the process of issuing guidelines,” Naidu said.

Naidu said the Smart Cities Mission involved an ‘area based approach’ and it is meant to set examples that can be replicated both within and outside the Smart City.

Observing that the Mission was expected to catalyse creation of similar smart cities in various regions and parts of the country, he said every state would get to develop at least one city as smart city under the Centre’s initiative of developing 100 such cities.

The minister said there was “no agreement with regard to any financial committment between India and USA” regarding the Smart Cities Mission as the US role was limited to extending technical support and for capacity building.

Regarding India-US Cooperation in making Visakhapatnam, Allahabad and Ajmer as smart cities, he said that the US will extend technical support for preparing Master Plans for these three cities besides assisting in capacity building and undertaking feasibility studies.

The United States Trade Development Agency (USTDA) has signed MoUs with the states of Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan in this regard.