Tamil Nadu moving to second stage of the Smart cities plan in t

Tamil Nadu moving to second stage of the Smart cities plan in t
Tamil Nadu moving to second stage of the Smart cities plan in the coming weeks

TAMIL NADU: Since Tamil Nadu “is one of the good performing States” the State is moving to the second stage of the Smart cities plan in the coming weeks, said Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said on Thursday.

At the inauguration of the three-day engineers’ conclave at the Indian Institute of Technology–Madras, Mr. Naidu said his Ministry would release a list of 40 more cities selected for the programme by month-end. The Ministry is also expected to add more cities to the heritage city list.

Mr. Naidu said Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had sought heritage status for Srirangam town, but refused to divulge details about which cities had made the cut to the smart cities list or to the heritage list.

“Officials are scrutinising the final parameter competition. The cities are measured on various parameters and there is a competition among urban local bodies to garner funds to improve the cities,” he said, adding, the selection was based on the local body’s ability to come up with feasible smart solutions.

Mr. Naidu urged engineers to come up with novel ideas to rejuvenate cities, pointing out that lack of attention to infrastructure had led to flooding of Chennai, Mumbai, Gurgaon, Bangalore and Hyderabad.

Tamil Nadu moving to second stage of the Smart cities plan in the coming weeks