18th January, 2018

Nokia jibes at slow smart city project, suggests private partners

The Smart City programme of Indian government is yet to see the light of the day and Finnish telecom company Nokia has taken the note of the same.

The telecom company has said that the Indian government’s ambitious Smart City programme is not moving as fast as expected, and it has suggested that there is a need to involve enterprises to add momentum.

Rakesh Kushwaha, Nokia Global Head of IoT Business Unit, commented that in “other parts of the world, you don’t have to go to the mayor or the city council, but you need to go to the businesses like retail malls, utility companies, parking garages etc”. Commenting on the pace of Smart City Project he said that “We have been seeing the initiative for some time, but it’s not moving as fast as you would expect it to move…so, getting enterprises involved in the city is always helpful”.

India’s Smart City Project

The government had announced a mission in June, 2015, under which 100 Indian towns were to be developed as Smart Cities across all the states and Union Territories.

The government even selected ninety towns, but work started in only the first batch of 20 cities that were identified in January 2016. But the progress there has been slow too.

At a recent high-level meeting, the Prime Minister reportedly pulled up the urban development ministry for the snail’s pace in urban mission projects.

How is Nokia involved in Smart City project?

Nokia is currently working with telecom operators in India to reach out to enterprises. It is tapping the opportunity in the Smart City and the Internet of Things (IoT) domain as technology penetration is a priority in smart cities.