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USA to Assist in Development of Smart Cities
Jan 28, 2015

Giving a fillip to the programme of developing smart cities in the country, the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) signed three Memorandums of Understanding on Cooperation to Support the Development of Smart Cities in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh with respective state governments. The MoUs with specific reference to development of Allahabad, Ajmer and Visakhapatnam as smart cities were signed with state governments.  India and the USA also agreed on taking quick measures for development of these cities as smart cities. Issues relating to development of these cities as smart cities were discussed in detail at a meeting.

Salient Features

  • Under the MoUs, the USTDA will contribute funding for necessary feasibility studies and pilots, study tours, workshops/trainings and other projects to be mutually determined.

  • USTDA will invite a Smart Solutions for Smart Cities Reverse Trade Mission delegation to the US, with delegates from the states.

  • USTDA will also fund advisory services to support the development of smart cities.

  • USTDA will collaborate with other US government agencies like the Department of Commerce, the U. S Export Import Bank and other trade and economic agencies promote greater US-India infrastructure development cooperation and to support development of smart cities.

  • USTDA will enable U.S Industry organizations to mobilize private sector expertise and resources to address important aviation and energy related infrastructure connected to developing smart cities.

  • The respective state governments will provide resources in support, coordination and facilitation of the development of smart cities including technical information and data related to smart cities planning, staff, logistical and travel support etc.

  • The USA agreed to the India’s suggestion for setting up Task Force for each of the three cities for formulating concrete action plans in the next three months.

  • Each Team will consist of three representatives each from central and respective state governments and the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).

  • Each city Task Force will discuss city specific features, project requirements and appropriate revenue models for enabling flow of investments etc., before suggesting action plans for developing them as smart cities.


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