Australia expresses interests in developing Smart City projects

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A 35-member business delegation from Australia, visited India, in order to forge partnerships with the state governments and the private sector companies in various sectors, including infrastructure and water.

The delegation held discussions with the officials of the state urban development department, Chief Secretary Sumit Mallick and private sector firms to explore business opportunities in Smart Cities project of Maharashtra.

Grayson Perry, Australian Trade Commissioner expressed interests of “Australian involvement” to build relationships with the state governments as well as the private sector companies, which are involved in Smart Cities projects.

The delegation visited New Delhi, Bhopal and Mumbai and met Niti Aayog officials, heads of various smart cities projects in the state governments and municipalities, and with leading private sector companies.

He said the Australian companies, with their vast experience in sectors like infrastructure, smart cities, infrastructure, water and waste management among others, can assist Indian companies and the government in its various programs.

“Apart from technical know-how, we have a lot of solutions that we can offer in the government’s smart cities program. We want to build relationships with the Indian companies and extend not just technological support but also participate in the entire development chain,” Perry concluded.