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New Town Kolkata gets UK support for smart city plan

Submitted by scc india staff on October 1, 2015

A six-member technical team of urban planning experts from the United Kingdom (UK) are helping West Bengal's New Town Kolkata to develop as a smart city.

A team from London-based urban planning organisation Future Cities Catapult (FCC) has started work with the West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (WBHIDCO) and New Town Kolkata Development Authority (KDA).

The three-month-long project to help prepare a road map for New Town is financially supported by the UK government.

"The UK has world-leading smart city expertise and we are excited to be here as a hand-holding agency to help New Town Kolkata develop their own smart city strategy," Peter Madden, CEO of Future Cities Catapult was quoted by the Economic Times news report.

British Deputy High Commissioner Scott Furssedonn Wood said this is a direct outcome of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's visit to London during which an MoU was signed between FCC and WBHIDCO to work together on smart city projects.

Officials said the project would help New Town turn into a sustainable smart city providing excellent quality of life to its citizens.

As a start to the project, FCC, WBHIDCO and New Town KDA have been holding a number of meetings, on-site visits and workshops.

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