Rajpal Singh Shekhawat, minister for urban and housing development (UDH), said that to develop Ajmer as a smart city, it is necessary to first increase job opportunities here. The minister was speaking at the US-India Smart Cities Conclave organised by USIBC and FICCI. Shekhawat added that a smart city should have security and services and development should be citizen-centric.
This event was organized as a follow up after the signing of Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Rajasthan and United States Trade and Development Agency for the Smart City Cooperation Project for Ajmer that aimed to unveil the Smart City development plans for Ajmer and to identify the business opportunities for the US and Indian companies.
Anita Bhadel, state minister for women and child development, proposed a smart city for every citizen and said that companies should talk to people before preparing the proposal. Omkar Singh Lakhawat, president of Rajasthan Heritage Conservation Authority demanded that preserving heritage should also be a priority along with making Ajmer a smart city. Officials made their presentations at the conclave.
Representatives of different companies like P R Menon, director of Integrated Solutions, Key Accounts and United Technologies Corporation made UTC pilot project presentation. Parchant Pradhan of IBM pilot too participated. "The conclave will help in building confidence between the state government and companies," said Navneet Mathur, business associate of US-India Business Council (USIBC).
Source: Economic Times
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