06 October 2015 06:46:33 IST

Consultants chosen for preparation of smart city plans

37 consulting firms to prepare plans for 88 cities

As many as 88 cities of the 98 smart city aspirants shortlisted by the Government have identified consulting firms for preparation of city-wise smart city action plans, the Ministry of Urban Development said on October 6.

The remaining 10 cities inthe North-Eastern states and the Union Territories will do so by this weekend, the statement said, adding that Uttar Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir are still to nominate one city each for smart city development.

"CRISIL Risk and Infrastructure Solutions Ltd in association with Pri Move Infrastructure Development Consultants Private Ltd and Probity Soft Private Ltd have bagged the contract for six cities followed by Jones Lang La Salle Property Consultants India Pvt Ltd in association with Townland Consultants Pvt Ltd and Tata Consulting Engineers, ICRA Management Consulting Pvt Ltd in association with NJS Engineers India Pvt Ltd and the All India Institute of Local Self-Government for five cities each," it said.

The selected consulting firms will prepare smart city proposals, including area development plans and financing plans, under the supervision of urban local bodies and state governments.

These plans will then be evaluated in the second stage of the City Challenge competition to identify the top ranking 20 cities for financing during the current financial year.

The top companies include KPMG for NDMC, NK Buildcon for Varanasi, Lea Associates for Tirupati, ICRA for Ajmer, Data World for Lucknow, Alia Consulting for Greater Mumbai, Jones Lang La Salle for Amritsar, and Ecorys Nederland BV for Bhagalpur, the statement said.