Tech giants showing enthusiasm in Indian governments Smart City program

Tech giants showing enthusiasm in Indian governments Smart City program

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India: International technology giants, including Cisco, IBM, and Bosch, are exhibiting great interest to participate in establishing smart city centers or integrated command and control system under Indian governments flagship programme Smart City Mission, a senior official said today.

As per the housing and urban affairs ministry official, HP and Siemens are working to set up such a centre in the city of Bhopal, while Bosch, Cisco, Efkon and Rolta are participating in the development of a ‘smart’ centre in Varanasi.

Honeywell’s expertise would be used for Bhubaneshwar, while Schneider, Cisco and HP would help in setting up of such a centre in Naya Raipur, the official said to The Hindu

Leading Indian firms, including Larsen and Toubro, Shapoorji Pallonji Group, Bharat Electronics Ltd, Tech Mahindra, are also participating with global technology giants to set up Smart City Centres which are key to the mission, he said.

As many as 99 cities have been selected under the Modi government’s Smart City Mission. Each city will get Rs 500 crore to carry out the projects.

Tenders have been called for 55 cities for setting up such centres which would entail an investment of Rs 5,300 crore, while works worth Rs 2,950 crore has started in 23 cities, the official said.