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Sharma, Cisco CEO discuss IT draft for Delhi-Mumbai corridor

Networking giant Cisco’s chief John Chambers  on Wednesday met commerce & industry minister Anand Sharma to discuss the information technology blue print for the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor project. The company is preparing an information and communications technology (ICT) master plan for four smart cities proposed under the DMIC project. These are Shendra Industrial Park in Maharashtra, Dholera Special Investment Region in Gujarat, Manesar Bawal Investment Region in Haryana and Khushkhera Bhiwadi Neemrana Investment Region in Rajasthan. 'Chambers discussed the DMIC project,' said an official.

The government has proposed smart cities with modern infrastructure under the DMIC project. These cities would have self-sustainable habitats with minimal pollution levels, maximum recycling, optimised energy supplies and efficient public transportation. Japan is giving financial and technical aid for the $90-billion project, which will cover seven states totalling 1,483 km.

DMIC is aimed at creating mega industrial infrastructure along the Delhi-Mumbai Rail Freight Corridor, which is under implementation. Seven National Manufacturing and Investment Zones (NMIZs) have been notified along the DMIC. Japan has committed to invest $ 4.5 billion in this project. The Union Cabinet had approved an expenditure of Rs 18,500 crore on development of infrastructure for the project.
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