Bhubaneswar celebrates topping smart city list

Bhubaneswar, Jan 28 (IANS) As Bhubaneswar topped the list of smart cities announced by Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday, people in the city celebrated by distributing sweets and bursting crackers.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated the people for the achievement and sought support to make it a world class city.

“Congratulate #bhubaneswar citizens & the team for securing first position amongst Smart Cities,” he tweeted. “With all your support jointly let’s make #Bhubaneswar a world class city.”

Bhubaneswar Mayor Anant Narayan Jena said: “We are very happy that Bhubaneswar made it to top list of smart city. We will try hard to fulfill the aspirations of people to provide smart services.”

Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Naidu, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said he feels immensely proud to find Bhubaneswar topping the list of smart cities.

Bhubaneswar scored 78.83 percent, surpassing other contenders to achieve the top slot among 98 cities across the country.

The central government has proposed to investment Rs.50,802 crore in the selected 20 smart cities during a five-year period.

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