BHUBHANESWAR, January 28: Delighted over Bhubaneswar topping the list of 20 cities selected as part of first batch of the Smart City initiative, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today congratulated the people and said all efforts would be made to achieve the goal.
"I am delighted that Bhubaneswar has topped the list of Smart Cities prepared by the Government of India. We will make all efforts to see this is fulfilled. I also congratulate the Bhubaneswar team that is working so hard for this," Patnaik said.
Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said he was proud to find Bhubaneswar topping the list of 20 cities announced as part of the initiative.
Odisha's Urban Development Minister Puspendra Singhdeo said it would be a challenge to ensure proper implementation of the projects and remove problems relating to drainage, sewerage disposal, and water logging during monsoon.
Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation mayor Anant Narayan Jena said it was a matter of pride that Bhubaneswar has secured the top position in the list.
These 20 smart cities will be developed for basic infrastructure through assured water and power supply, sanitation and solid waste management, efficient urban mobility and public transport, IT connectivity, e-governance and citizen participation.