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Work is underway on Amaravati, one of the 100 smart cities India plans to develop, but the road ahead a long one. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)
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Three years in, India's smart city program has a long way to go

Experts predict fundraising hurdles as critics slam the slow pace of Modi's urban dream

KIRAN SHARMA, Nikkei staff writer | India

NEW DELHI -- On June 20, Shillong in northeastern India was selected as the 100th and final city to be included in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Smart Cities Mission, taking the total proposed investment in the ambitious program to 2.05 trillion rupees ($29.9 billion).

Launched three years ago, the mission is one of Modi's signature programs. The aim is to promote sustainable and inclusive urban development to improve residents' quality of life and drive economic growth.

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