The Haryana government’s secretariat of information technology and US-based CISCO Systems International BV have agreed to collaborate in “furthering the smart city concept” in Haryana.
The two entities signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in the presence of Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and industries minister Capt Abhimanyu in San Francisco on Thursday, an official spokesperson here said.
Under the MoU, CISCO will share its expertise and experience in the development of smart cities the world over, particularly its “safe plus smart plus connected” community programmes, and “Internet of Everything” with focus on improving the quality of life through the use of technology.
The Haryana government is keen on developing many of its cities as smart cities even though as of now only Faridabad and Karnal are covered under the central government scheme.
Haryana principal secretary (information technology) Devender Singh signed on behalf of the state government and Faiyaz Shahpurwala, senior vice-president, CISCO, did so on behalf of his company.
Both Haryana and CISCO will explore the possibilities of collaboration or cooperation in the field of smart city and safe city infrastructure, including infrastructure level interventions required to add efficiency to the public infrastructure and services in Haryana.
The spokesperson said that the MoU did not involve payment of any fee by one party to the other and the two parties will cooperate with each other at their own cost to achieve the ends of the MoU. It will initially be valid for six months from the date of execution.
The spokesperson said that in another development, US assistant secretary of state for south and central Asia affairs, Nisha Biswal, who is the key person for shaping US policy on south Asia, has affirmed deep interest of US companies in making investments in Haryana.
She also expressed keen interest in expansion of defence and aerospace industry in the state. Biswal stated this when she called on Khattar in Washington to discuss different bilateral trade opportunities. She assured the chief minister that she would visit Haryana during her next visit to India. Biswal plays a critical role in supporting economic development and encouraging regional connectivity in the region, including India.