As to what looks like a next step for the city of Visakhapatnam, the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Department of Municipal Administration of the Government of Andhra Pradesh. This memorandum has been signed on funding for drawing up master plan for Visakhapatnam Smart City and a consortium of three US companies, comprising AECOM, KPMG and IBM.
Taking it forward from the conceptual stage to implementation stage, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said there would be set milestones and timelines and periodic evaluation of outcomes of the project.
The MoU was signed by Principal Secretary (Municipal Administration) Karikal Velavan and Country Manager of USTDA Heather K Lanigan in the presence of Chief Minister and Director of USTDA Leocadia I Zak.
US Ambassador to India Richard R Verma, Municipal Administration Minister P Narayana, Panchayati Raj Minister Ch Ayyanna Patrudu, HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao, Chief Secretary SP Tucker, Commissioner GVMC Pravin Kumar, MLAs, MLCs and a number of senior officials were present on the occasion.
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