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India to Spend $580 Million to Develop First 20 'Smart Cities'

India’s government will provide 40 billion rupees ($580 million) to upgrade the infrastructure of the first 20 cities selected under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s smart cities program, according to a statement from the Ministry of Urban Development on Saturday.

Six cities -- Jabalpur, Indore and Bhopal in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, and Jaipur and Udaipur in the state of Rajasthan -- have set up special purpose vehicles to implement the government’s plan to promote digital and information technology and best practices in urban planning.