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Government is planning two ‘smart’ cities in each state

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Two “smart” cities with a host of modern features like intelligent transport and carbon neutral status in each of the states are being planned in the second phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal mission.

“We have an urban renewal mission which means that the central government funds the cities and one of our programmes is that we propose to have two smart cities in every state,” said Urban Development minister Kamal Nath while talking to reporters.

The minister said medium sized cities with half a million to one million population will be developed as smart cities and expertise of Austrian Institute of Technology had been sought for the purpose.

“Now how do we define these smart cities, what will it cover….right from broadband, intelligent transport to carbon neutral (features), these are so many components…that is what we propose to collaborate with the Austrian Institute of Technology,” Kamal Nath said.

“We want to seek assistance from the Institute on what kind of model smart cities we should look at,” he added.

Nath also said that medium sized cities like Ujjain or Jabalpur would be considered for the proposal to create smart cities.

Nath was speaking after meeting a delegation led by Austrian minister of Transport, Innovation and Technology Doris Bures.

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