India & 4 European nations to work on sustainable urban development

India & 4 European nations to work on sustainable urban development

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The Union Cabinet has approved agreement with four nations, Viz., France, Denmark, Netherlands and UK on technical cooperation in the field of Sustainable Urban Development. Agreement with France shall remain in force for a period of five years. India has also signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with UK, Denmark and Netherlands on technical cooperation in the field of Sustainable and Smart Urban Development.

The objective of these MoUs and Agreement is to promote technical cooperation in the areas of smart cities development, development of urban mass transportation systems, urban settlements and utilities (water supply and sewerage systems), disposal and treatment of solid waste, landfill remediation, management of non-revenue water, water reuse & recycle, technology transfer, conservation of fresh water by artificial recharge of aquifer, circular economy, mass housing, green housing, urban planning, heritage, human resource development, capacity building and other related areas as mutually agreed by the Contracting Parties.

A Joint Working Group (JWG) will be set up to strategize and implement programmes on cooperation under the framework of the Agreement. The Joint Working Group shall meet once in a year, alternately in India and respective European countries.

The Agreement is expected to create employment in the areas of smart cities development, urban mass transportation systems, urban settlements and utilities (Water supply and sewerage systems), disposal and treatment of solid waste, landfill remediation, affordable housing, waste management, urban environment and heritage preservation.