"Till now, no city has been included in the smart cities scheme. We have to first shortlist cities for the scheme in the first phase. They will then need to compete with other cities to get selected," an official in state Urban Development department has said.
A total of 100 cities will be selected for the project through a 'Smart City Challenge' competition.
"However, states cannot shortlist their cities until the Centre issues guidelines pertaining to the criteria of a smart city. We are still waiting for the guidelines and expecting them to be issued soon," he said.
The principal concept behind the smart city would be that offices, hospitals, schools and markets should be at a distance that can be reached within a maximum of 30 minutes.
The Centre has planned to identify 20 smart cities in 2015, 40 in 2016 and another 40 in 2017.

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