FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
Itagar, May 4: Itagar is among the capitals of North East states to be developed as Smart City under the Centre’s flagship programme, according to a report.
The proposal to develop 100 smart cities, which was cleared by the cabinet last week, makes not only cities in the one to four million population range eligible to be developed as smart cities, but also capitals of smaller states which have less than one million people, the report said.
The criteria, urban development ministry (UD) officials said, would de-facto make the capital of all North-eastern states eligible. “Almost all capitals also happen to be the largest cities in their respective states,” the report said quoting an official.
Though these cities will be eligible to get selected in stage one, they will also have to qualify the ‘city challenge competition’ to make it to the fil list.
The Centre will give Rs 48,000 crore for five years for the programme. Each city will get Rs 100 crore per year. A matching fund of Rs 48,000 crore will have to be contributed by states from their interl resources/ market borrowing and through private sector participation, the report added.