He said Vadodra is the industrial capital of western India housing projects of various multinational companies like Bombardier, Alstom, ABB and TBEA and several Indian corporate giants including Reliance Industries Ltd, IOC-owned Gujarat refinery, ONGC, GAIL, GSFC, GNFC in and around the city.

"The strategic components of area-based development in the Smart Cities Mission guidelines are city retro-fitting, plus a pan-city initiative in which smart solutions are applied covering larger parts of the city. Some of these features have already been initiated in Vadodara, so we are better positioned in many aspects," he said.

The idea behind the mission is to improve the quality of life and attract people and investments to the city, setting in motion a virtuous cycle of growth and development.

Six cities from Gujarat will be selected as 'Smart Cities' under the project.

Once the city is selected, it has to set up a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) with the appointment of full-time CEO for the mission. The SPV will look after the project implementation.

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