[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]New Delhi: Hitachi India Limited and Siemens Limited signed a MoU with CII in the capital today to form a consortium that would create pilots and replicate them throughout the country for setting up 100 smart cities. The MoU was signed on behalf of Hitachi by their MD, Mr. Ichiro Iino and MD, Siemens Ltd, Mr. Sunil Mathur and DG, CII Mr. Chandrajit Banerjee in the presence of DIPP Secretary Mr. Amitabh Kant.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Amitabh Kant said that while cities occupy only 3 % of the total geographical area of the world, they contribute nearly 80% of GDP and 2/3rd of global emissions. Hence, there was a challenge to do urbanisation in an innovative and systematic manner. Mr. Kant said that learnings gathered from the best practices across the world in the management of water, public resources, public spaces and technology etc shall be shared while implementing the smart cities concept in India. He said that smart city initiative shall be driven by technology driven companies.
Earlier, in his address, DG,CII said that this MoU provides a platform for coming together of leading technology companies such as Hitachi and Siemens and this will enable the implementation of vision of hundred smart cities.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]
CII has set up a “National Mission on Smart Cities” under the Chairmanship of Mr Ravi Parthasarathy, Chairman, IL&FS and the objective of this Mission is to play the role of a facilitator and a thought leader to assist the Government in the process of the development of 100 Smart Cities by 2022. The MoUs are part of the implementation strategy to take forward the Cities initiative.
Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Parthasarathy said, “The Mission would like to focus on 3 pilots to begin with, which can be internalized and used as a common template for scalability.”
Since a Smart City initiative in any city would entail a host of sub components including transportation, responsive public services, infrastructure for employment, ICT, etc, it would be beyond the scope of any one organisation to deliver seamlessly across these requirements. The National Mission on Smart Cities has therefore decided to create industry-led consortia, which could render the full range of services for the development of a Smart City, in whichHitachi India Ltd and Siemens Ltd have consented to be the lead industry partner for the Japanese and German consortium.
Japan looks forward to contributing to the Government of India’s initiative on Smart Cities, Digital India and Make in India, said HE Mr Takeshi Yagi, Ambassador of Japan.
He added that the signing of the MoUs is the first step to the translation of plans into concrete action. Mr Iino added that Japan too has had a long association with India and the signing of the MoU is the first step to the implementation of the Smart City initiative.
Siemens Ltd looks forward to rolling out the initiative as it has been in India for over 150 years and has the technical know-how to develop technologies suited to the local needs, added Mr Mathur.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He also served as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University.