Infotech Lead India: Cisco CEO John Chambers has met Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma and discussed IT plans for setting up the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) project.
The networking major is reported to have prepared Information and Communications Technology (ICT) master plan for four smart cities proposed under the DMIC project.
Cisco is preparing plans for Shendra Industrial Park in Maharashtra, Dholera Special Investment Region in Gujarat, Manesar Bawal Investment Region in Haryana and Khushkhera Bhiwadi Neemrana Investment Region in Rajasthan.
Government has proposed smart cities with modern infrastructure under the DMIC project. These cities would have self-sustainable habitats with minimal pollution levels, maximum recycling, optimized energy supplies and efficient public transportation.
Ruthbea Yesner Clarke, research director, Smart City Strategies, IDC Government Insights, recently said: “Many cities are unsure of how to begin addressing the decisions that need to be made in technology, staffing, and process to deploy Smart Cities capabilities pervasively across the city. The plethora of technology choices and range of technologies and management skills required make it difficult to prioritize project resource allocations.”
Japan is giving financial and technical aid for the $90 billion project, which will cover seven states totaling 1,483 km.
Japan has committed to invest $4.5 billion in this project. The Union Cabinet had approved an expenditure of Rs 18,500 crore on development of infrastructure for the project.
Besides Cisco, IBM and Accentrure are also working with DMIC.