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USA signs MoUs to develop three smart cities in India

Steve Rogerson
January 28, 2015
India and the USA signed three memorandums of understanding (MoUs) on Sunday this week for developing smart cities in Ajmer, Allahabad and Visakhapatnam as part of the Indian government’s plans to build 100 smart cities in the country.
The agreements were signed by the United States Trade & Development Agency (USTDA) with the state governments of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh. Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu attended the signing.
USTDA will contribute funds for feasibility studies and pilots, study tours, workshops, trainings and other projects. It will also fund advisory services to support the development of smart cities. Trade missions to the USA will have delegates from the three cities. It will collaborate with other US government agencies such as the Department of Commerce and US Export-Import Bank.
The aim is to increase private sector expertise and resources to address aviation and energy-related infrastructure connected to the development of smart cities.
The MoUs were signed by USTDA director Leocardia Zak and respective chief secretaries of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh, Alok Ranjan, CS Ranjan and IVR Krishna Rao. Under the MoUs, the state governments will provide resources to support, coordinate and facilitate development of smart cities including technical information and data related to smart cities planning, staff, logistical and travel support.