According to a draft concept paper for the proposal released by the ministry, better transportation and sewage systems have also been envisaged for the Smart Cities. The sewage system would be such that it would cover entire households with a door-to door garbage collection facility.

According to a senior ministry official, the draft concept paper contains broad contours for the project and covers the criteria for selection, financing and capacity-building needs.

In its maiden budget, the NDA government proposed that it would develop 100 Smart Cities in the country and the UD ministry is in the process of finalizing the policy for the same.

Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu has convened a conclave on Friday of Urban Development ministers of the states and Union Territories to take their views and suggestions regarding the project.

Principal Secretaries of states/UTs dealing with urban development also will be attending the conclave, a UD Ministry official said.
Following the interaction with the states/UTs, the Smart Cities proposal will be finalized and submitted for approval of the competent authorities, the official said.

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