Recently, Bengaluru won the top spot in a nationwide survey for being the most liveable city in the country. And now, the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry has released the results for India Smart Cities Awards Contest (ISAC 2020) and there are some surprising winners!
According to Hindustan Times, the government studied cities under several parameters. These included social aspects, governance, culture, urban environment, sanitation, economy, built environment, water, urban mobility, sustainable business model, innovation in Covid-19 management, etc.
Surat and Indore jointly won the top spot for overall development. States were also awarded based on the holistic development of their cities wherein Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu won top spots, reports India Today.
According to Business Standard, the top nine performing cities which have been awarded a 4-star rating are Surat, Indore, Ahmedabad, Pune, Vijayawada, Rajkot, Visakhapatnam, Pimpri-Chinchwad and Vadodara.
There are other cities which won in different categories too. For example, Ahmedabad bagged the ‘Smart Cities Leadership Award’, followed by Varanasi and Ranchi.
Chandigarh topped amongst the union territories. Indore won the ‘Innovative Idea Award’ for its ‘Carbon Credit Financing Mechanism’.
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Kudos to Surat and Indore!