34 nations show interest in investing in Smart Cities project

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Minister of Urban Development, M Venkaiah Naidu informed that 34 countries, which include the U.S. and the UK, have so far shown interest in investing in the ‘Smart Cities’ project announced by the central government.

“34 countries have (so far) shown interest in investing in the smart cities. It includes some of the developed countries like United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Singapore and Japan,” said Naidu. “Japan through its JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) has evinced more interest in investing in solid waste management, upgrading infrastructure,” he added.

The government had announced plans to develop 20 smart cities that include upgrading basic infrastructure, improving sanitation and solid waste management, efficient urban mobility and public transport among other features. Chennai, Bhubaneswar, Pune, Coimbatore were included in the first list of the 20 cities.

Source : Urbannewsdigest



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