Visakhapatnam, India – Today, Director Leocadia I. Zak of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), concluded a grant agreement in the presence of Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu of the State Government of Andhra Pradesh to continue USTDA’s support of India’s ambitious goal of developing smart cities across the country. The agreement will advance the City of Visakhapatnam’s (Vizag) efforts to make it more efficient and sustainable through the development of interconnected infrastructure, communications and data systems.
This cooperation is particularly timely as Vizag was recently announced as a winner in the first phase of the Government of India’s Smart Cities Challenge. As an awardee of the Smart Cities Challenge, financing of Vizag’s development and modernization efforts will be partially supported by the central government of the Republic of India.
During the signing ceremony, Director Zak stated, “We are proud of our cooperation with the State Government of Andhra Pradesh and the important role our partnership will play in advancing one of India’s highest economic development priorities. By bringing together the right private sector expertise and a committed partner, the opportunities for growth are limitless.”
Following the grant signing, AECOM signed a contract with the State Government of Andhra Pradesh to undertake this important work so Vizag can commence with its plans to invest in smart, efficient infrastructure. Working together, leaders in the smart grid arena AECOM, IBM and KPMG will provide Vizag with a planning framework and development strategy for several high-priority investment projects for smarter urban development.
This cooperation is one component of a multi-faceted effort by USTDA to support the development of Smart Cities in Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. During President Obama’s and Prime Minister Modi’s historic Republic Day visit last year, the two leaders agreed to work together in developing smart cities across India.