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J&K not to compete in 1st list of 20 smart cities; High level committee formed

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A high-level committee has been formed by J&K government which is headed by state chief secretary, and senior officials of the government to finalize the smart city mission. This committee would prepare and approve smart city strategy of the state, and create a platform for online exchange of ideas to fulfill the objectives of the smart city mission initiated by the central government.

As a smart strategy, the Jammu and Kashmir government has decided not to compete in the first list of twenty smart cities, as it would prefer to do the groundwork, and prepare conditions for successful bid in the list. The official sources are of the view that instead of losing out in the first phase, it would be better to create an environment which would help in the inclusion of the J&K city’s into the smart city mission.

The government has initially proposed the candidature of Jammu, Srinagar, Katra and Anantnag as smart cities. The union government had allocated only one city in Jammu Kashmir for the smart city status as against thirteen in UP. While twenty cities are lined up in current year, forty each would be taken up in two subsequent years.

The guidelines for the Smart City competition include parameters such as population of the city, geography, vision, Swwach bharat mission, generation of revenue, functioning of local urban bodies, e-newsletter, and several other online platforms, master plan, and tax collection.

The committee formed by the state government will first oversee the state level competition, and then send the results to the government.

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