Surat Set To Become India’s First Smart City Under Microsoft’s CityNext Project

Microsoft CityNext has partnered with Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) to develop Surat as a smart city with advanced urban planning and citizen empowerment processes never heard in India.

Using Big Data, Internet and eGovernance, CityNext will help to make the city as a model of development and progress.



Milind Torawane, Surat municipal commissioner said, “We are excited to partner with Microsoft to transform Surat into a sustainable and competitive city that cares for its citizens,”

Some of the vital areas where Microsoft and SMC will work together to develop Surat as a Smart City include:

  • Hi-tech Urban Planning using Big Data and real time information
  • Water management solutions
  • Waste management system
  • RTI mechanism
  • Vaccination Alert System
  • Property Tax payments
  • Birth/Death Registrations
  • Uniform Application Tracking system
  • Disease analytics and reporting mechanism for hospitals
  • Development of a City Dashboard to track and analyze all development projects under a single umbrella
    And more….

Why Surat?

With 4.6 million people, Surat is Gujarat’s second largest city and a major economic hub. It is India’s 9th largest metropolitan area and World’s 4th fastest developing city (as per study conducted by City Mayors Foundation).

As per GDP ranking of Indian cities, it is ranked 8th with a GDP of $40 billion, with estimates of $57 billion GDP by 2050.

The city is popular for it’s diamond trade, and it single handedly accounts for 99% of global diamond polishing and cutting industry. Surat exports $15 billion worth of diamonds from India, which is highest in Asia.

Despite being such a major economic hub, Surat witnessed a devastating plague outbreak in 1994, which killed 54 people, and created a state of terror in and around the city. Major travel restrictions were put into place, and city suffered heavily for it. Proper urban planning and timely action could have prevented such an incidence at one of India’s richest cities.

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