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Top 10 Smart cities in india

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Top 10 Smart cities in india

What is Smart Cities

The first question is what is meant by a ‘smart city’. The answer is, there is no universally accepted definition of a smart city. It means different things to different people. The conceptualisation of Smart City, therefore, varies from city to city and country to country, depending on the level of development, willingness to change and reform, resources and aspirations of the city residents. A smart city would have a different connotation in India than, say, Europe. Even in India, there is no one way of defining a smart city.

Some definitional boundaries are required to guide cities in the Mission. In the imagination of any city dweller in India, the picture of a smart city contains a wish list of infrastructure and services that describes his or her level of aspiration. To provide for the aspirations and needs of the citizens, urban planners ideally aim at developing the entire urban eco-system, which is represented by the four pillars of comprehensive development-institutional, physical, social and economic infrastructure. This can be a long term goal and cities can work towards developing such comprehensive infrastructure incrementally, adding on layers of ‘smartness

1. Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar is the capital city of Orissa and is the only city in smart city mission from this state. It is a center of economic and religious importance in Eastern India.

2. Pune

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. The industrial township of Pimpri-Chinchwad, just north of Pune city, houses over 4000 manufacturing units that contributes to the city’s economy. Pune is also the headquarters (south command) of the Indian Air Force and a large military training base. IT and education are the other dominant sectors that attract a large population of young professionals to the city. As a result, a new IT park is being developed by the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) to accommodate this growth. Other recent large scale investments in Pune include a Food Cluster Development project, aided by the World Bank, and an International Exhibition and Convention centre, set to open in 2017

3. Jaipur

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

4. Surat

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). In 1994 Surat was hit by a plague epidemic, which forced the city to reinvent itself and as a result, Surat is today ranked the third cleanest city in India. Surat is also one of the top ten GDP contributors in the country, owing to its robust diamond and textile industry. In recent years, Surat has seen a boom in small and medium enterprises (SMEs), with many national and multinational companies setting up offices here


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. To this day, the city is an important tourist site which attracts the most domestic and international tourists in Kerala, while also being a significant economic and trading hub within the state. The city is home to the only stock exchange in Kerala, and has also witnessed considerable investment for industrial growth. Its port is operates as an international container transhipment terminal, houses oil refineries, and supports commercial maritime businesses. The city is also home to the Southern Naval Command of the Indian Navy


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. In addition, there has been significant advancement of the IT sector as well, as the many prestigious higher-education institutes in the city continue to attract a large pool of highly skilled young professionals. There are currently four SEZ’s in the city region, with another three new industrial estates in the planning, by the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC). In terms of transport infrastructure, Ahmedabad has a successful BRT system in operation, and a proposed metro-rail set to open in 2018


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


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


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. Solapur is well connected by road to other important cities in the country and has a basic airport that mostly remains unused at present


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). The city’s most notable industries include textile and agro-processing. Lately, Davangere has been promoting itself as a centre for higher education, and as part of this agenda, there are on-going efforts to set up a branch of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in the region.

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