After Bhubaneswar, the state has one more contender for the smart city tag. The steel city of Rourkela on Tuesday was accorded the smart city honour with the Centre listing it among 27 cities in its third list released by the Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu.
The capital city was adjudged the smartest city in the country in October last year. Rourkela had missed the opportunity in the first and second round but managed to get the tag in the third round. Sources said the massive participation of the people in the opinion poll in the race to the smart city fetched it the tag.
The small village of Rourkela became a modern industrial town after the public sector giant, the Rourkela Steel Plant, was established in 1958. Like Bhubaneswar, Rourkela was also designed by the Germans. In November 2014, the state government upgraded the Rourkela municipality into a municipal corporation.
The smart city tag to the city by the Centre is also an indication of the BJP planning to strengthen its base further in the region. The city comes under Sundargarh district, where BJP stalwart and Union tribal affairs minister Jual Oram is the Lok Sabha MP. The Rourkela assembly constituency is also represented by Dilip Kumar Ray, another senior BJP leader.
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