Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has said that Andhra Pradesh was well-positioned to emerge as an aviation hub with Vijayawada (Gannavaram) airport registering an impressive growth in passenger traffic. The other two major airports at Visakhapatnam and Tirupati were also making rapid strides.
Amritsar has topped the list of 27 new Smart Cities announced by the Minister of Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu. Eight other cities of pilgrim and tourism importance that made it to the third list of Smart Cities are: Ujjain, Tirupati, Agra, Nashik, Madurai, Thanjavur, Ajmer and Varanasi.
Minister of Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu has launched Â‘Swachh Suvekshan-2017Â’ to assess and rank 500 cities and towns based on levels of sanitation and efforts made by respective urban local bodies and also to capture the progress towards achieving Â‘Open Defecation FreeÂ’ status.
The government has announced the 20 winners of the Smart City Challenge competition for financing during this financial year. Minister of Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu said that the winners were from 11 States and the Union Territory of Delhi and the selection was totally objective and transparent based on standardised processes.
There are about 12 crore people in the country who will be the direct beneficiaries of the Smart City project. The total population of these proposed 98 Smart Cities is about 12 crore, accounting for 35 per cent of countryÂ´s total urban population as per the 2011 census, Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said, while releasing the list.
A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) will be created for each smart city, Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said. Infrastructure deficit will be bridged by retrofitting of identified areas of a city and re-development of areas which are not amenable to retrofitting, a statement from the Ministry said.