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Another Moment of Crowning Glory for Smart City Bhubaneswar

NAVEEN PATNAIK• FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2018
From bottom to almost top in Indian city rankings in just 2 years 
Congratulations, Odisha yet again! Accolades and recognition keep pouring in. Only a day after our Smart City Bhubaneswar gained the glorious distinction of being ranked among Top 20 Smart Cities in the world, the only Indian city in the list, it has now been placed among the Top 4 cities of India in Urban Governance. Considering the fact that our Capital city was ranked 18th among the bottom only two years back makes the recognition a crowning glory.

The latest edition of Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems (ASICS) report has ranked Bhubaneswar among top four cities of the country in terms of quality of governance to deliver best infrastructure and services to citizens. Bhubaneswar, in fact, is tied with Kolkata & Thiruvananthapuram just below Pune at the top. Our Capital city has leapfrogged major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Bengaluru to the top ranks and is even the No 1 city along with Thiruvananthapuram in Medium cities category.

This reflects the success of the concerted efforts and the pace with which governance has been improved to deliver good quality of life to the citizens. With the mantra of 3Ts – Teamwork, Technology and Transparency we are moving ahead with transformative urban reforms and strengthening of governance systems that have positively impacted lives of people at all levels. Focus on equitable and sustainable growth of all sections is the hallmark of Bhubaneswar. Each citizen is at the centre of governance and an equal stakeholder in its development.

The credit for the recognition goes to the people of Odisha for their unflinching trust and support for our efforts. Every citizen has played a vital role in bolstering the urban transformation of Bhubaneswar.

Bhubaneswar has truly arrived on the map as an international city. The various national and international recognition speak for our actions. From topping the Smart City Challenge in 2016 to being awarded Pierre L’Enfant International Planning Excellence Award instituted by American Planning Association, being the finalist in World Smart City Awards 2016 at Barcelona…From rubbing shoulders with world’s best smart cities like Singapore, New York, London in the Top 20 Global Smart Cities list to now being among top four Indian cities – Bhubaneswar is the cynosure of all eyes.

These recognitions motivate us to work harder to develop Bhubaneswar as a global city. We will be relentless in our efforts and keep scaling newer heights with support and blessings of the people.



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