The prominence of Vizag got highlighted once again when it figured along with Ajmer and Allahabad during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s US tour. The three cities have been identified for development with the funding and assistance of the U.S. as smart cities. The Prime Minister had announced during his election campaign here that he would ensure that the city gets is rightful recognition as a gateway for international trade and keeping his promise he has managed to get the U.S. to promise its support to Vizag. The city is also the headquarters of the premier operational command of the Indian Navy and is a strategic centre in the nation’s Look-East Policy both in defence and commerce. It is the gateway for the vast hinterland of Central India and is set to grow exponentially due to inherent advantages such as location and a conducive socio-economic climate.
O. Naresh Kumar, the CEO of Symbiosys, a local IT company, expressed happiness that the U.S. had come forward to fund Visakhapatnam as a smart city. He said the city would grow into a premier IT destination and as a port it was as important on the east coast as Mumbai on the West. It is a key location in the nation’s Look East Policy both on defence and commerce fronts.
Ch Ramakotaiah, a member of the national executive of the Builders’ Association of India, said the Prime Minister’s interest in developing Visakhapatnam as a smart city was quite evident and the people’s representatives from the region should make use of the opportunity and strive for its balanced growth.