Cisco Chief meets Anand Sharma over DMIC project

 NEW DELHI: The leading networking giant Cisco’s chief John Chambers met the Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma on Wednesday and discussed the layout of information technology set up for the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor project.

Cisco is preparing the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) master plan for four smart cities that are proposed under the DMIC project.
The company is preparing plans for Shendra Industrial Park in Maharashtra, Dholera Special Investment Region in Gujarat, Manesar Bawal Investment Region in Haryana and Khushkhera Bhiwadi Neemrana Investment Region in Rajasthan.
The government proposed smart cities with advanced infrastructure under the DMIC project. The cities will be designed to have self-sustainable habitats with minimal pollution levels, maximum recycling, optimised energy supplies and effective public transport.
Japan would be providing the financial and technical aid for the $90-billion project, which will cover seven states totalling 1,483 km.
The DMIC is eyeing to develop mega industrial infrastructure besides the Delhi-Mumbai Rail Freight Corridor, that is under implementation.
The seven National Manufacturing and Investment Zones (NMIZs) have also been notified along the DMIC.
Japan committed to infuse $4.5 billion in the project, along with the Union Cabinet granting expenditure of Rs 18,500 crore on development of infrastructure for the project.