1 India cities’ upgrade raises steel hopes (Gulf News) Varanasi, Hinduism’s holiest site on the Ganges River in northern India, is one of 100 places earmarked to receive trillions of rupees to transform their ageing infrastructure and become ‘Smart Cities,’ replete with affordable housing, improved sanitation, and better transportation.
To build it all, India plans to triple its steel-making capacity, making it the world’s second-biggest producer, trumping Japan, and reviving an industry that a year ago was on its knees. “India is one of the bright spots for the global steel industry,” said Bijoy Thomas, a senior analyst at India Ratings & Research.
Ground-breaking for K-City will be held in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi province, to build the 320,000 square-metre facility for 11 billion won ($9 million). The facility will have simulated roads that like highways, downtown areas, city outskirts and communal environments and have 35 different driving conditions such toll gates, tunnels, intersections, construction sites and even train track crossings, ministry officials said.
Pot holes, narrow streets and pedestrian crossings have also been added for testing the vehicles, as well as Wi-fi and fourth-generation wireless technologies. The section for highway driving will be completed by end of October and the entire K-city by end of next year, officials said. The area will be opened to private companies, academic institutions and start-ups to test their products.