Foreign companies selected for preparing Smart City plans


New Delhi: India’s Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today said there is a huge global interest in India’s Smart City mission and companies from 14 countries like US, Canada, UK, France, Japan have been selected for preparation of Smart City plans for 42 mission cities.

Speaking at a FICCI function, Naidu said that 88 Mission Cities have chosen consultants to assist them in preparation for their smart city plans.

He said the mission has generated much interest abroad and companies from 14 countries including US, Canada, United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Norway, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Abu Dhabi have been selected for preparation of city level Smart City Plans for 42 of the Mission cities.

He said Ecorys Nederland BV of Netherlands has come forward to prepare Smart City Plan for Bhagalpur in Bihar, Tractebel Engineering SA of Belgium being associated with smart city plan of Dharmashala in Himachal Pradesh, Haskoning DHV Consulting of Netherland with the little known Dahod in Gujarat, Mott MacDonald of United Kingdom with Jaipur, Deloitte Touche Tohmastsu of Japan with Bidhannagar in West Bengal and Data World of South Africa with remote Namchi in Sikkim.

This speaks for the global interest in our Smart City Mission, he said.

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