Indian Ports Axed from Smart City Vision
The Indian government has announced plans to discontinue the development of a smart port city surrounding the major ports in Mumbai and Kolkata.
The government has planned to build wider roads, advanced townships and special economic zones, along with ship-breaking and ship-building centres, as part of each port’s transformation to a smart port city.
Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping for India, said: “The government has taken a decision to develop smart cities around all the major ports across the country barring Kolkata and Mumbai.
“Each port will construct one smart city. We are trying to do this. Each city will be built with an expenditure of about US$3-4 billion. These will be green smart cities.”
PTI previously reported India’s plan to build a smart city at each of India’s 12 major ports for a total cost of $8 billion.