Lavasa-Wipro ink partnership to build Indias first complete e-City

Written by Businesswire India | Mumbai | Updated: Aug 27 2009, 22:17pm hrs
Lavasa Corporation Ltd. and Wipro Limited announced their partnership for planning, implementing and managing Information & Communication Technology (ICT) services across Lavasa city. Lavasa is free Indias first and largest Hill City being developed by Lavasa Corporation Ltd, a part of HCC Group. Wipro will support Lavasa city in the areas of City Management System & Services, E-Governance, ICT infrastructure and value added services, including providing intelligent home solutions and digital lifestyle. The ICT services will include voice-video-data services to various businesses operating out of Lavasa city.

The strategic partnership is intended to focus on providing integrated and effective solutions for enhancing IT operations within the Hill city. It will identify governance services and operating models, and define processes for delivering best-in-class governance. It will also provide the necessary infrastructure support including technology selection, supply, installation and management of platforms, networks, data centre etc. The estimated revenues out of this partnership from Lavasa citys first town Dasve is about US$ 100 Mn over next 10 years.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Rajgopal Nogja, President, Lavasa Corporation Limited, said, "For a completely new hill city like Lavasa, technology leadership is a key driver of city development and management. Wipro has proven expertise in innovative ICT solutions and this partnership will ensure a quantum leap in not only being technologically proactive but also realising our vision in becoming a completely e-governed city.

Mr. Anand Sankaran, Senior Vice President and Business Head, India & Middle East, Wipro Infotech, said, We are delighted to be engaged in this pioneering venture of a large hill city under development. We plan to deploy cutting-edge technology and leverage our global best practices to deliver innovative services to residents and businesses operating from Lavasa. We look forward together to setting new benchmarks in ICT excellence and creating the first completely e-governed city in India.

Through this exclusive partnership Wipro will also design the detailed infrastructure for telecom services for governance, as also for the resident and visitors of Lavasa city. Wipro will provide telecom-based services that will facilitate smart homes, and buildings including integrated building management systems, physical security requirements and other on-demand services. The technology will undergo constant innovation to pave the way for developing smart cities like Lavasa in the future.

Lavasa city, being developed in an area spanning 100 sq. Kms., (one fourth the size of Mumbai) will have a self-sustaining economy of its own and will cut across the entire spectrum of socio-economic class. It will encompass hospitality, tourism and leisure on one hand and education, research and innovating businesses on the other. Lavasa city hosts a complement of global leaders in hospitality, tourism, education, healthcare, business research and industry.