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UD Ministry receives Puducherry as first Smart City nomination


In less than a month since the launch of the 'Smart City' Mission by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Puducherry has emerged as the first city to send its nomination to the Centre for the ambitious programme. The Union Territory of Puducherry has nominated its capital city for inclusion in the 100 Smart Cities Mission launched on June 25.
As required under the Smart City Mission Guidelines, the Puducherry Government has also furnished a copy of the order constituting an Inter-Departmental Task Force to advice and coordinate preparation of Smart City proposal for the capital city besides assisting the High Powered Steering Committee. As per the criteria for assigning Smart City slots for each state and UT, based on equal weightage for urban population and number of urban local bodies and to ensure geographical equity.

Fact about Stage -1 evaluation criteria of Puducherry : Puducherry has a population of 6.5 lakh has scored 75 of the possible 100 marks in Stage-1 evaluation criteria. Since 2011, Puducherry Municipal Corporation (PM) has achieved 18 per cent improvement in provision of household sanitary latrines. Internal revenue generation has continuously increased by 14 per cent over the past three year period of 2012-13 to 2014-15. It has met 23 per cent of its capital expenditure from internal resources. It also has met about 80 per cent operation and maintenance costs of water supply through user charges.