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University of Washington to provide technical aid to 5 Indian cities

The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) has engaged the University of Washington, US for providing technical aid to the five pilot cities in India on municipal finance and credit rating. Participating Indian cities include Bhopal, Jaipur, Mysore, Vijayawada-Guntur. The programme is aligned with Swachh Bharat Mission.

Sustainable Cities Integrated Approach Pilot in India, is one of the Child Projects under Global Environment Facility’s (GEF’s) Sustainable Cities Programme in the GEF 6 cycle. The aim of the project is to integrate sustainability strategies into urban planning and management to create a favorable environment for investment in infrastructure and service delivery, thus building the resilience of pilot cities.

The UNIDO has engaged the University of Washington, US for providing technical aid to the five pilot cities on municipal finance and credit rating. The programme is initiated in the country with its launch in Guntur Municipal Corporation (GMC) on June 8 through a virtual conference by the UNIDO South Asia Head Rene Van Berkel. Training will be imparted to the GMC officials by the representatives of UNIDO and the University of Washington. As a part of it, electric autos launched to collect solid waste from Guntur households. These autos will be recharged with solar power to reduce emission of carbons.

The four components to be implemented by UNIDO in the selected cities include Sustainable Urban Planning and Management, undertaken by UN-HABITAT, Investment and Technology Demonstration Project (low carbon investments). The third component is Capacity Building in Solid Waste and Wastewater Management and the fourth relates to providing Technical Assistance for Strengthening Municipal Finance and Credit Rating for the next one year and give possible plans for the next 10 to 15 years.

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