Dutch firm to project manage Indian smart city

Royal Haskoning has been appointed to help make the Indian city of Kota, Rajasthan, "smart".

The Dutch multidisciplinary engineer, in joint venture with STUP Consultants, will provide consultancy services including design, construction supervision and project management for water supply and sanitation projects.

Objectives for the city with 1.1 million people include lake development, water supply, rainwater harvesting, integrated road development, electric lighting, energy security and the improvement of gardens, parks and open spaces.

The team will help install smart metering, SCADA systems ("supervisory control and data acquisition"), solid waste management, command control centres, area wide internet, and Wi-Fi.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to build "100 smart cities" when he successfully campaigned for election in 2014. Kota has been selected as one of the four such "smart cities" in Rajasthan State.

Dr. Vikram Jindal IAS, CEO of the Kota Smart City, said the aim was to "make Kota Smart City one of the best in Rajasthan and in the country".

Image: Street scene in Kota, Rajasthan (Royal Haskoning)

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