Swift follow-up on MoUs to develop Ajmer, Allahabad, and Visakhapatnam.

India and the U.S. have made swift progress on their agreement to develop Ajmer, Allahabad and Visakhapatnam as smart cities by setting up task forces for each city, chosen for its significance to tourism and trade.

The decision on task forces was taken at a meeting on Tuesday between Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu and visiting U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.

On Sunday, India and the U.S. had signed three memoranda of understanding (MoUs) for developing the three cities.

Mr. Naidu said Ajmer and Allahabad were chosen because they were centres of religious significance and drew tourists in large numbers.Visakhapatnam was picked because it, being a coastal city, had the potential to develop into a tourist destination.