7 South Indian cities that are on the smart city list


The central government today named 20 cities that will soon get a Rs. 50,800 crore or $7.5 billion makeover to turn them into ‘Smart Cities’ with facilities and infrastructure comparable to Europe. The cities will be given funds to solve problems from power cuts to poor sanitation to traffic. Out of the 20 cities, 7 are in South India. Here’s taking a look at the South Indian smart cities.

1. Visakhapatnam


The largest city in Andhra Pradesh, both in terms of area and population; Visakhapatnam has always been the hub of trading for centuries now. With it being the headquarters of the Eastern Naval Command and with its rising IT sector; the city is bound to be on the center’s list of smart cities.

2. Kakinada


Another major port in Andhra Pradesh, Kakinada has been a hub for agro-processing for quite some time now. It’s energy resources (power generation plants and fossil fuel resources) put it on the list of smart cities. Moreover; there has been a gradual but steady increase in the IT sector in the city.

3. Kochi


With a total metro population of 2.1 million; this city in Kerala is the second most populous city on the west coast; after Mumbai. Having a thriving port and having been a hub of spice trading for centuries; the city now also has a thriving industrial sector; covering a wide range like IT, Chemicals, Machines, etc.

4. Chennai


The fifth largest city in India and the fourth most populous city in the country; it is also the 36th largest urban area in the world. The city is base to around 30 percent of India’s automobile industry and 40 percent of auto components industry. It is a perfect blend of culture and technology; with a thriving IT sector and rich carnatic music heritage.

5. Coimbatore


Being the second largest city in Tamil Nadu after Chennai, Coimbatore is one of the fastest growing tier-II cities in India and a major textile, industrial, commercial, educational, information technology, healthcare and manufacturing hub of Tamil Nadu. The city’s TIDEL Park is one of the largest IT parks in the country.

6. Davangere


Having been referred to as the Manchester of Karnataka, the city is now a major center for Agro-Processing in Karnataka. Conveniently located along the National Highway 4; a part of the Golden Quadrilateral, the city offers a wide range of trade opportunities. It is also known for its unique cuisine.

7. Belgaum


Belagavi is the commercial hub and divisional headquarters of North Karnataka, ranking second to Bangalore in the state in terms of overall exports. It is also a major producer of Aluminium and Uranium in South India. Recently, the setting up of a special economic zone catering to the aerospace sector was started.