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Mahesh Waghdhare, a member of the technical advisory team, briefs USTDA Director Zak on Ajmer's smart city plans around Anasagar Lake.
Mahesh Waghdhare, a member of the technical advisory team, briefs USTDA Director Zak on Ajmer's smart city plans around Anasagar Lake.

USTDA Congratulates Ajmer On Success In Second Round Of India’s Smart Cities Challenge

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New Delhi, India – The U.S. Trade and Development Agency is pleased to congratulate its partners from Ajmer, one of 27 cities selected in the second round of the Government of India’s Smart Cities Challenge. Leaders in Ajmer are working to transform the city into a global, religious and heritage tourism destination with high quality living and sustainable, smart citizen services. The central government of the Republic of India will partially finance these development and modernization efforts in Ajmer as an awardee of the Smart Cities Challenge. 

For the last nine months, USTDA has deployed a technical advisory team to work with the city of Ajmer to provide sector-specific and urban expertise in support of their smart city efforts. During their visits to Ajmer, the team conducted sector and integrated urban planning analysis, site visits and workshops with city stakeholders. 

“USTDA is proud to partner with the city of Ajmer as they advance their goals, which will benefit their citizens and foster economic growth in a city of great significance to India,” said USTDA Director Leocadia I. Zak. “I had the pleasure of visiting Ajmer earlier this month to meet with city leaders and discuss their planning efforts. I am impressed with their smart city vision and, even more importantly, with their proven ability to implement projects that benefit the people of Ajmer.”

USTDA’s cooperation with Ajmer is one component of a multi-part effort to support the development of smart cities in Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. During President Obama’s and Prime Minister Modi’s historic Republic Day visit last year, the two leaders agreed to work together in developing smart cities across India.   

In addition to the ongoing technical advisory services, USTDA has invited the State Government of Rajasthan and the city of Ajmer on a reverse trade mission to the United States to discuss U.S. solutions for smart city development. The reverse trade mission, planned for later this year, will complement the objectives outlined in Ajmer’s winning Smart Cities Challenge proposal.   

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