Nagpur to become India’s first “smart city”

Indian firm Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has been hired to convert the city of Nagpur into India’s first large-scale integrated "smart city".

L&T will lay 1,200km of optical fibre network cable, set up 136 city wi-fi hotspots, build 100 digital interactive kiosks and install a city-wide surveillance system with 3,800 IP-networked cameras.

City officials also want a 6-km "Smart Strip" with smart lighting, smart transport, smart parking, smart bins, and other Internet of Things interventions.

L&T’s Smart World & Communications Business Unit announced the signing of the formal contract with the Maharashtra state government yesterday.

"We are proud for having bagged this prestigious order which is a significant step forward towards achieving the smart city mission," said Mr. S.N Subrahmanyan, L&T president.

The firm actually began work after receiving of letter of intent back in August.

L&T has been busy with "smart" work in other Indian cities.

Beginning with the development of surveillance and intelligent traffic management systems for the Government of Gujarat in Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Vadodara, the business has since executed the smart city project in Jaipur and recently launched India’s largest city surveillance project, Mumbai City Surveillance, for the Government of Maharashtra. Several other smart, safe and communication projects are also underway across various states.

Image: Street scene in Nagpur, Maharashtra (VinyS/Wikimedia Commons)

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