Spanish Firm To Help Patna Go Smart
A Spanish company, with expertise in infrastructure and urban planning, has been selected as the management consultant for the state capital's smart city mission.
Eptisa Servicios de Ingenieria SL was chosen as the project management consultant at the meeting of board of directors of Patna Smart City Limited Company, the city's divisional commissioner, Anand Kishore, told media. He said the schemes under the Patna Smart City project would involve an estimated expenditure of over Rs 2,700 crore. Of that, Rs 930 crore will be provided by the Centre and the state government.
"Another Rs 982.31 crore will come from the convergence of Central government schemes and Bihar government schemes and urban local bodies' resources. The remaining Rs 800.37 crore is likely to be raised under a PPP (public-private-partnership) model," he said.
A global tender was floated for the project, following which several companies from various countries placed their bids. Last week, five companies that fulfilled the eligibility criteria were shortlisted. Of those five companies, Eptisa was picked for its bid price was the lowest.
"The Spanish firm also agreed to our condition of deploying a team of 43 experts to implement the smart city project. These experts would be from the fields of urban planning, infrastructure, information technology, transport and finance," he said.
Eptisa Servicios de Ingenieria SL has a global presence, with 1,800 professionals offering their services across 45 countries. In India and Bangladesh alone, 438 experts from the company were involved in various projects, the divisional commissioner said.
"The Spanish company has been asked to begin work within three weeks. The company is already providing its services as project management consultant for smart city projects of Indore, Jaipur and Udaipur," he added.
With inputs from Housing News