Dr Subhash Chandra, Chairman of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited and promoter of the Essel Group of Companies, asked Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to allot five cities from the state so that they can be turned into smart cities.
Speaking on the concluding day of the “Invest Madhya Pradesh – Global Investors Summit – 2014” at Indore, Dr Chandra said, “I was personally thrilled to hear the announcement of 100 smart cities by Modi because we were also thinking on those lines.”
“Give us existing five cities; it can be through competitive bidding also, so that we can build them into smart cities.”
Dr Chandra said that a total estimate of Rs 750 crore will be spent on building the cities into smart cities. “We want to do it through PPP model,” he said.
“In our quest to achieve something new, we have set a target that by 2020 we will have 130 crore Zee Network viewers across the globe”, said Dr Chandra.