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Vizag to be Developed as First Smart City
Feb 10, 2015

Visakhapatnam (Vizag) will be the first city to be taken up for development as a smart city by Cisco Systems, the global IT networking major and the implementing company. Cisco informed Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu that its development model for Visakhapatnam would be adopted in the other smart cities—Allahabad and Ajmer.

  • Cisco would focus on setting up a skill development centre and providing training through its global talent tracker.

  • The company is also keen on working with the state government to digitize education and healthcare.

  • Cisco is mulling setting up an incubation centre, either at Tirupati or Visakhapatnam, and living labs on the lines of those in Barcelona. A task force would be set up for the purpose.

  • Cisco has also evinced interest in working on disaster management technologies as the state is hit by at least two cyclones every year.

  • Visakhapatnam has great potential to transform into a financial, IT powerhouse and a logistics hub, and the Centre has recently sanctioned the Sagar Mala project which envisages development and modernisation of all existing seaports including Vizag Port—one of the biggest in the country.

  • Issues identified by the parliamentary standing committee like pollution and violation of Coastal Regulation Zone Act would be addressed shortly.

  • Following the India-US business conclave on smart cities held in New Delhi last November, an US delegation visited and interacted with officials of the Vizag Urban Development Authority to discuss the issue.

Having learnt its lesson from cyclone Hudhud, which affected all power and communication lines, the state government has gone in for massive underground wiring and cabling network. This is to be extended to all coastal towns over the coming years.


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