Task forces set up to make three cities smart

Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu has set up three task forces to develop Ajmer in Rajasthan, Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh and Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh as smart cities in collaboration with the US.

New Delhi: Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu has set up three task forces to develop Ajmer in Rajasthan, Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh and Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh as smart cities in collaboration with the US.

"The task forces will have representatives from the urban development ministry, external affairs ministry, respective sate governments and cities and the US Trade Development Agency (USTDA)," the ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

The three committees were set up following a meeting between Naidu and US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and an agreement with the state governments here on January 25.

The US had offered to assist in the development of the three cities as smart during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's September visit to America and his dialogue with its President Barack Obama in Washington.
 

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