India and the US will setup a joint task force for developing Vishikapatnam, Allahabad and Ajmer as Smart Cities with a mandate of preparing a roadmap within three months. The decision was taken during a meeting between the Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu and US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.
The task force will comprise of officials from the Centre, state governments and the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). The announcement comes just two days after the two countries signed a pact to develop three Indian cities as Smart Cities.

SmartCity : The IoT Hub
SmartCity : The IoT Hub

 
The initiative was set into motion during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US last year, with US President Obama’s recent visit further boosting the agenda. The development of the three Smart Cities will function as a starting point for the Indian government’s aim to have 100 Smart Cities in the country by 2022.
With massive financial aid from the government, building Smart Cities using advancements in the Internet of Things technologies is sort of becoming a pet project for many. Even Infosys has announced that it will turn its Mysore campus into a high-tech centre that efficiently manages resources and promotes sustainability.
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