The project is at a nascent stage for now and nothing has been finalised on paper as yet, state Urban Development Department (UDD) Secretary Manisha Mhaiskar said. "However, the Chief Minister has in-principle given his approval to go ahead," she added.

Mumbai, Thane, Kalyan-Dombivli, Nagpur and Aurangabad are among ten cities selected from the state for the Centre's 'Smart City' project. "We had chosen 33 cities for the Smart City project. However, according to limitation of 10 cities, we had to drop other cities. The preparation of these cities was admirable and hence, the state government has decided to introduce its own 'smart city' project so that we can change the face of these cities," Mhaiskar stated.

A decision on allocation of funds to develop these as smart cities under the state government's project will be taken soon and it will later be placed before the Cabinet for its approval, she said.

"The Centre, under its flagship programme, will provide Rs 100 crores to each of the ten cities selected by it so that they can prepare a plan of their own. These cities will then consult NGOs and citizens before finalising the plan of their smart city," she added.

Mhaiskar cited that 80 percent issues will be related to civic amenities, like providing drinking water and proper drainage system, while 20 percent will be regarding Information Technology.

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