German engineering giant Siemens has signed a MoU with the Megapolis of Ministry and Western Development to develop smart city solutions for Sri Lanka.[quote] The ministry is in charge of discovering solutions to address challenges related to garbage, housing of shanty dwellers and drawing new traffic plans to avoid traffic jams in busy towns. The ministry plans to develop new cities in Bandaragama, Kadawatha, Kottawa and Kerawalapitiya that will be soon under construction as a part of the megapolis development plan.
Lakshman Jayasekara, project director at the Western Region Megapolis Planning Project stated that the expertise and technology brought by Siemens will contribute to the province’s efforts toward eliminating congestion on urban infrastructure, services and environment. The two partners will work to reduce unit capital cost of infrastructure.
According to Lanka Business Online, the primary objective of the ministry is to “bring systematic changes and development processes into the urban community in Sri Lanka,” which it believes will improve socio-economic conditions for its citizens.
A statement issued by the ministry said: “This will pave the way for making Sri Lanka a commercial, naval and aviation hub of Asia.
“In this context the ministry envisages transforming the entire Western Province into a Megapolis area to usher in comprehensive development within the next five years.”
Urban smart city development
Apart from the design of smart urban settlements, Siemens will work with the ministry to resolve issues in garbage, slums, energy, traffic and the environment.
Sunil Mathur, managing director and CEO, Siemens limited India, said: “Siemens is delighted to partner with the Government of Sri Lanka and the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development in its endeavour to achieve the status of a ‘high income developed nation.”
“[The project] will enable the national economy to leverage the benefits of economies of agglomeration brought about by urbanization.”
The MoU was signed by Lakshman Jayasekara, project director at the Western Region Megapolis Planning Project and Anirudh Tandon, country manager, Siemens Limited Sri Lanka.