Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) and Microsoft India have announced their partnership to transform Surat into a smart city. SMC has been one of the early technology and e-Governance adopters and the city has selected Microsoft as its partner of choice for process automation and citizen services. With help from Microsoft and its partner ecosystem, the city administration is evaluating technology infrastructure to meet the changing needs of its citizens.
Announcing the partnership, Mr. Milind Torawane, IAS, Surat Municipal Commissioner, said, "Surat is the fourth-fastest growing city in the world, with a population of 50 lakhs. It is a vibrant business hub - 80 per cent of the world's diamonds are processed in Surat, 40 per cent of India's demand for textiles is met by the city and it serves as the economic hub for several industries. In this context, it becomes increasingly important to leverage technology as an enabler of constant modernization. We are excited to partner with Microsoft to transform Surat into a sustainable and competitive city that cares for its citizens."
"Our existing adoption of technology is benefitting Surat in several ways. With various service delivery channels like City Civic Center, Virtual Civic Center (Online services through website) and Mobile App, citizens are able to access the services easily and quickly. The adoption of IT has also helped in improving the internal efficiencies. Over the course of the next few months, we will work with Microsoft and its partners, Iconics and SoftTech, on solutions for water management and urban planing (building plan approvals). These along with other similar solutions will help us keep the citizen at the center of our development and fulfil our smart city vision," he further added.
Commenting on the announcement, Niranjan Zanzmera, Hon'ble Mayor, Surat said, "By transforming Surat into a smart city, we are setting a benchmark for other cities in the country on how IT solutions can help empower citizens and address cities biggest challenges and fuel economic growth. The work been undertaken by Surat Municipal Corporation and Microsoft India is commendable".
Source: Economic Times
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12 December 2017