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New Delhi: The government is looking at developing smart cities under the second phase of its flagship urban renewal mission. “We are building information technology enabled transport systems and also bringing concept of smart city into JNNURM 2," urban development minister Kamal Nath said while addressing the annual general meeting of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) on Saturday.

The first phase of JNNURM, or Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, had focused on planned development in cities, while sanctioning projects related to urban transport, water supply and sewage, among others.

The minister said that the government had learnt a lot of lessons from the first phase and it will try to address concerns such as acquisition of land before awarding a project under the second phase.

“Now all states will be advised to have a state municipality service and also the second phase will be more reforms driven," he said.

A report by Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) that was tabled in the Parliament last month had pointed to large overhang of old projects from JNNURM citing slow sanctions and unclear guidelines.

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