Noida Set To Tie Up With IT Biggie For Smart City Plan
NOIDA: The Noida Authority is looking to rope in a leading IT company to design and implement its plan for the Smart City Challenge.
A US-based IT giant made a presentation to the Authority on its expertise in the segment on Monday. The company, an official said, was asked to revert with an amended blueprint within 15 days after incorporating features the Authority wants.
“The US-based firm has proposed to share its experience from other smart city projects it has worked on,” an Authority official said. “The company on Monday showcased smart city concepts that could go into building the 100 smart cities that our Prime Minister envisions. In its presentation, they showed how technological solutions, using sensors, apps and the internet, could solve and address a range of city problems. We are also exploring other IT firms,” the official added.
Once a partner firm is finalized, the Noida, Greater Noida and YEIDA authorities plan to set up digital infrastructure to offer better amenities to citizens. These could include interactive kiosks, wireless broadband and upgraded safety and security services. The focus will be to manage cities with greater efficiency and effectiveness.
The smart city project was formally announced in July 2014 in the NDA government’s first Union budget. The Centre has allocated nearly Rs 7,000 crore for the programme. The urban centres that will be developed as smart cities will be selected through the Smart City Challenge for which state governments will send entries.
Cities will be graded on parameters like creditworthiness, power supply, water, revenue generation, municipal planning and partnerships they can form.
A smart city, according to the government website www.indiansmartcities.in, is one that should be able to provide good infrastructure such as water, sanitation, reliable utility services, health care, etc.