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20 Smart Cities In India Under "Smart Cities Mission"

The Smart Cities Mission is an innovative and new initiative by the Government of India to drive economic growth and improve the quality of life of people by enabling local development and harnessing technology as a means to create smart outcomes for citizens. Smart Cities focus on their most pressing needs and on the greatest opportunities to improve lives. They tap a range of approaches - digital and information technologies, urban planning best practices, public-private partnerships, and policy change - to make a difference. They always put people first. Here is the list of 20 cities included in the mission.

Source: https://india.gov.in/

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Kochi

Kochi

City: Kochi
State: Kerala
Category: Port City, Tier 2

Kochi is a coastal city that lies within the district of Emakulam and is located in the state of Kerala. The city is set over 36.6 square miles and had a population of 602,046 residents in 2011. It is the largest urban agglomeration in the state of Kerala, but the city itself is second largest and for this reason is classified as a Tier II city by the Government of India. The city has a long history as a scenic city (it is known as the Queen of the Arabian
Sea) and as a trading port and was the spice trading centre of the world in the 14th century

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Chennai

Chennai

City: Chennai (M.Corp)
State: Tamil Nadu
Category: Capital, Tier 1


Chennai
is the state capital of Tamil Nadu, and India’s fourth largest city, by economy and population. The city has a diverse array of economic sectors and is known for its automobile industry historically and rich IT sector. It is at one end of the important, 350 km Bangalore-Chennai industrial corridor project.

3

Delhi

Delhi

City: Delhi
State: New Delhi
Category: Capital, Tier 1

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) is one of three statutory urban regions within the state of Delhi, the other two being the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and the Delhi Cantonment Board (DCB). The NDMC lies within the urban agglomeration of Delhi Metropolitan and since the urban region is part of the National Capital Region, it is jointly governed by local municipal as well as the
state and federal governments.

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Coimbatore

Coimbatore

City: Coimbatore
State: Tamil Nadu
Category: Business & Industrial Centre, Tier 2

Located in the East of the state, Coimbatore is the second largest city in Tamil Nadu and a fast growing Tier-II city. It is historically associated with a robust textile and cotton industry, though has diversified of late into services, IT, jewellery, wet grinders, pumps, poultry and auto-parts. It is also served by an international airport.

5

Pune

Pune

City: Pune
State: Maharashtra
Category: Business & Industrial Centre, Tier 2

Pune is the second largest city in Maharashtra and the ninth most-populous city in India. The metropolitan area consists of two municipal corporations (including Pune) and three cantonments. Pune is located 150 km south-east of Mumbai, and the two cities are connected by an express highway. Pune has historically been an important economic
hub in Maharashtra and continues to be so today, owing to the growing number of industries in the region: the automotive sector being most prominent.

6

Vishakhapatnam

Vishakhapatnam

City: Vishakhapatnam
State: Andhra Pradesh
Category: Port City, Tier 2

Vishakhapatnam is Andhra Pradesh’s largest city, both by population and economy. It has an international airport, and India’s fifth busiest sea port. It is also a popular tourist destination. The city is an industrial hub, with a host of SEZs, and is one of the world’s fastest growing - population-wise -city

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Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar

City: Bhubaneswar
State: Orissa
Category: Capital, Tier 2

Bhubaneswar is the capital of Orissa and a regional hub. Part of a larger metropolitan region with former capital Cuttack, the city has a growing IT
and education hub. It is known as “Temple City” and is a popular tourist destination along with nearby Puri and Konark, the latter being a UNESCO
World Heritage Site. The city is also the cultural hub of the Oriya people, language and cinema.

8

Jaipur

Jaipur

City: Jaipur
State: Rajasthan
Category: Capital, Tier 2

Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and is known as the ‘Pink City’. Along with New Delhi and Agra which both lie approximately 250 km away, it
forms the ‘Golden Triangle’ tourist circuit. It also has a growing IT sector and an international airport.

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Surat

Surat

City: Surat
State: Gujarat
Category: Business & Industrial Centre, Tier 2


Surat
is the second largest city in the state of Gujarat, and the administrative capital of Surat district. It constitutes the ninth largest metropolitan
area in India and has won multiple national and international recognitions such as, the fourth fastest developing city in the world (City Mayors
Foundation 2011), and first ‘smart IT’ city in India (Microsoft 2014).

10

Ahmadabad

Ahmadabad

City: Ahmadabad
State: Gujarat
Category: Business & Industry, Tier 2


Ahmedabad
is the largest city in Gujarat, and the administrative capital of Ahmedabad district. It serves as the seat of Gujarat High Court and is the seventh largest metropolitan area in India. Ahmedabad is an important economic and industrial hub and is reported to be one of the fastest growing cities of the decade (Forbe’s 2010). Textile, pharmaceuticals and automobile are the most prominent industries based in and around
Ahmedabad.

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Jabalpur

Jabalpur

City: Jabalpur
State: Madhya Pradesh
Category: Business & Industrial Centre, Tier 2

Located in the east of the state and on the banks of major river Narmada, Jabalpur is known for its educational institutions and defence-related manufacturing industries. It has a national airport, which serves nearby popular nature sanctuaries and is located on the North-South NH-7, the longest highway in India.

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Solapur

Solapur

City: Solapur
State: Maharashtra
Category: Business & Industrial Centre, Tier 2


Solapur
is a tier-two city in the south-east of Maharashtra, and the administrative headquarters of Solapur district. It shares a border with Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, and has therefore attracted a large migrant population from across southern India. Solapur is recorded to have the highest number of sugar factories in India, and also leads in ‘beedi’ production within the state. The city used to be an important centre for
cotton textile manufacturing until recently and was the first to set up a waste-to-energy electricity plant in Maharashtra.

13

Davanagere

Davanagere

City: Davanagere
State: Karnataka
Category: Business & Industrial Centre, Tier 3 and below

Davangere, a city in central Karnataka, was accorded the status of city Municipal Corporation as recent as January 2007. Davangere is currently the only city corporation within its district (also called Davangere), which was recognized to be one of India’s 250 most backward districts (in terms of poverty) by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj in 2006. Davangere is one of five districts in Karnataka to receive funds from the Backward Regions
Grant Fund Program (BRGF).

14

Indore

Indore

City: Indore
State: Madhya Pradesh
Category: Business & Industrial Centre, Tier 2

15

Kakinada

Kakinada

City: Kakinada
State: Andhra Pradesh
Category: Port City, Tier 3 and below

Kakinada is Andhra Pradesh’s fourth largest city, adjacent to the mouth of major regional river, the Godavari. The city has the state’s second largest port, and the country’s first to be built as a PPP initiative. A similar mechanism is bringing a new shipyard to the city. The city primarily exports seafood and fertilizers.

16

Belgaum

Belgaum

City: Belgaum
State: Karnataka
Category: Business & Industrial Centre, Tier 2

The city of Belgaum is located at the northern tip of Karnataka, and borders the adjoining states of Maharashtra and Goa. There is a proposal to make Belgaum the second capital of Karnataka, owing to its commercial and industrial importance within the state. Belgaum ranks second to Bangalore in terms of overall exports in Karnataka, which can largely be attributed to the region’s flourishing automotive industry. Belgaum is also
recognized for its enormous contribution to sugarcane cultivation and production of sugar.

17

Udaipur

Udaipur

City: Udaipur
State: Rajasthan
Category: Cultural & Tourism, Tier 3


Udaipur
is known as the City of Lakes and is a popular tourism site due to its Rajput palaces, and scenic nature. It is also known for its handicrafts and rich mineral sector. The city lies 415 km from state capital Jaipur, but 250 km from regional hub Ahmedabad.

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Guwahati

Guwahati

City: Guwahati
State: Assam
Category: Business & Industrial Centre, Tier 2

Guwahati is a major port on the banks of Brahmaputra, the capital of Assam and the urban hub of the North East. Primary industries include petrochemicals, tea-Assam is one of the world’s prime producing region - tourism and regional logistics.

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Ludhiana

Ludhiana

City: Ludhiana
State: Punjab
Category: Business & Industrial Centre, Tier 2


Ludhiana
city lies within the Ludhiana district in the state of Punjab, and is the largest city in the province in terms of area and population. Official sources suggest that the city is spread over 159.37 sq km and has a population of approximately 1.6 million people. The north Indian city is settled along the banks of Sutlej River and hosts the largest agricultural university in Asia. The city is also a well-developed manufacturing and commercial hub in northern India, as well as being an important pilgrimage center for Sikhs.

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Bhopal

Bhopal

City: Bhopal
State: Madhya Pradesh
Category: Capital, Tier 2


Bhopal
is the capital of Madhya Pradesh and is the infamous location of the Union Carbide disaster which continues to effect the city’s operations.
Bhopal has been a BJP stronghold since 1989. The city also has India’s largest operational BRT network.