India has named 20 cities which it says will be provided with uninterrupted power and water supplies, proper sanitation and public transport in a $US7.5 billion ($A10.7 billion) makeover to turn them into smart cities with living standards comparable to Europe.

India’s cities lack basic infrastructure such as toilets and are bursting at the seams with the influx of tens of thousands of people from the countryside. Thirteen of them are in the WHO’s list of the 20 most polluted cities in the world, topped by the capital New Delhi. Prime…