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Greenfield cities such as the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) must position themselves as research development hubs and sandbox locations for up-and-coming technologies such as internet of things (IoT), electronics and information technology secretary Ajay Prakash Sawhney said on Thursday. While the proposed industrial smart cities are providing ample space for existing technologies, they need to identify the ones with massive future potential and bring anchor clients for them, Sawhney said at a workshop on business opportunities in DMIC for the IT/Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) sector on Wednesday.
“Unlike congested urban spaces, in these new cities we can freely test and experiment with new technologies like 5G, or autonomous vehicles, drones and the latest in robotics. We need to announce to the world that there is something unique and different about the cities we are building,” he added. The $100-billion DMIC project plans to create 24 industrial smart cities over the next 30 years, eight of them in the first phase.
Four of these — Dholera in Gujarat, Shendra-Bidkin in Maharashtra, IITGNL in Greater Noida and Vikram Udyogpuri in Madhya Pradesh — offer vast investment opportunities for IT/ESDM players, not only in terms of setting up of manufacturing clusters, but in the ICT systems and allied infrastructure that will control city operations and other functions.