Nordic countries and two Indian cities come together for smart city development
Nordic Innovation is jointly coordinating a sustainable cities project in India.
The municipalities of two Indian cities (Ghaziabad and Panaji) have been selected for sustainable city development projects. The trade promotion organizations of five Nordic countries recently visited senior municipal officials in both cities to pitch for a joint Nordic offering for city development projects.
Ghaziabad is part of the National Capital Region of Delhi. It is a large and planned industrial city, with a population of two million. It is the primary commercial, industrial and educational centre of Western U.P. (Uttar Pradesh province) and a major rail junction for North India. Ghaziabad is developing urban infrastructure under the AMRUT program of the government of India. City infrastructure in Ghaziabad is poor and there is media pressure to improve this, as well as upcoming elections in 2019 as a key driver for change.
Panaji is the capital of the state of Goa. It lies on the banks of the Mandovi River estuary. With a population of 114,759 in the metropolitan area, Panji is Goa's largest urban agglomeration. Panaji has been selected as one of the 100 Smart Cities for development in India.
The Nordic trade promotion organizations located in India have an excellent network within these city municipalities.
Some funding for a pilot is available from Nordic Innovation in order to develop a consortium of Nordic companies for an integrated approach to projects in these cities. It is expected that this will have a cascading effect to similar projects throughout India.
Some projects identified by Nordic Innovation relate to:
- Intelligent Public Transport and Mobility as a Service
- Universal Smart Card System
- Intelligent City Management Systems (includes: City Surveillance, Smart Waste Management, Smart Environment Management, Smart Parking, Smart Traffic/ITMS, Security Operations Center, Data Centre + NOC, Disaster Recovery, Integrated Command Centre Platform, Real Time Immersive Video Conferencing)
- Waste Management
- Goa is also opening a Center of Excellence for City Development and will facilitate international exchange and collaborations in sustainable city development.
A high-level delegation from Panaji (Goa) and Ghaziabad city is visiting Helsinki and Espoo (Sunday 23 to Tuesday 25 September 2018). Their agenda is to meet Finnish companies, city development institutions and university academia for possible cooperation.
An India Roadshow by Nordic companies is planned for early 2019. Business Finland will introduce interested Finnish companies to the city municipalities.