AP to develop 6 more Smart cities
Vijayawada, Dec 16: The state cabinet under the chairmanship of chief minister Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday decided to transform Srikakulam, Eluru, Ongole, Nellore, Kurnool and Anantapur into smart cities without depending on the Central funds.
"There is a dire need for acceleration of urban development in a phased manner and developing six smart cities will serve this purpose," municipal administration minister P Narayana said after the cabinet meeting. "Separate special purpose vehicles (SPVs) would be set up for each of the smart cities and funds will be generated for developing them in a systematic manner," the minister said.
While municipal elections are due in Ongole and Srikakulam, the other four towns have elected municipal councils.
Visakhapatnam, Kakinada and Tirupati have already been selected for the Smart City project of the Union government and funds for development of these cities would be entirely borne by the Centre.
With the state government stepping up developmental activities in both Vijayawada and Guntur as part of the capital city development project, almost all the cities in central and south coastal districts have been covered under the Smart Cities program.
News Posted: 16 December, 2016
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