A team of SmartCity, Dubai, visited Indore on Tuesday to explore the possibility of developing a smart city near Indore. “The delegation visited Pithampur where we have 650 acre land available near the Mhow-Neemuch highway. The delegation also visited the upcoming medical hub and sports complex at Super Corridor,” Audyogik Kendra Vikas Nigam (AKVN) Indore managing director Manish Singh said.
“Later, a presentation was made on the current real estate scenario in the region. The purpose of their visit was only to look at the sites and no agreement has been signed,” he said.
In August, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, during his visit to Dubai, had met the company’s chief executive officer Abdullatif Almulla who had expressed interest in development of a smart city in Madhya Pradesh.
Almulla is also the chief business development officer of Dubai Holding, the company which is the main promoter of the smart city project in Kochi. SmartCity Dubai was recently given permissions to construct the first building of Kochi Smart City with an investment of $29 million.
The Kochi Smart City will be the first in India which would be automated township where knowledge-based companies would operate. However, the Kochi Smart City project has been delayed by several years due to protests by opposition parties over concessions on land and other sops.