Odisha 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.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday congratulated the first 20 cities declared to be developed into Smart Cities in 2016. These cities were chosen, from 98 shortlisted for the 'Smart Cities Mission', through the Smart City challenge contest.

"Congrats to winners of Smart City Challenge. I wish the cities the very best as they move forward with implementation and transform urban India," Modi tweeted.

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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