Fourteen representatives from Indian institutions visit several European cities to see the latest trends in smart cities and urban development
ACCIONA Engineering, in partnership with Mumbai First —a pubic-private platform to foster the development of Mumbai— is implementing a project called “Preparation for an EU-India Sustainable Urbanisation Partnership,” whose aim is to strengthen cooperation between the European Union and India in the sphere of sustainable urban development and smart cities.
This nine-month project, with a budget of 300,000 euros, is part of the European Union Framework Agreement on urban initiatives in India; it will provide advice and technical assistance regarding sustainable urbanisation to agencies in the city of Mumbai and the State of Maharashtra, and will involve companies from the EU in urban, environmental and smart city projects. Upon conclusion, its results may be extrapolated to other Indian cities. The project included a technical visit by fourteen institutional representatives of the cities of New Delhi, Bombay, Chennai and Ahmedabad. This week, the delegates visited the cities of Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Barcelona to see the latest trends in smart cities and urban development.
The delegates met with authorities and experts from the sector to be apprised of significant initiatives and projects in the fields of transport and sustainable urban development. They included Barcelona's Ensanche development (Plan Cerdá), the waste to energy power plants in Sant Adrià del Besós, the traffic control centre in Barcelona, Rotterdam Port and the mobility plan run by Amsterdam's Center for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI).
“This is a unique opportunity to see first-hand the latest developments in Europe and to relate them to India, as well as to identify topics and methods of future cooperation,” said B. Anand, joint secretary of India's Ministry of Urban Development, during the visit. “This visit is the result of more than four years of cooperation between the EU and India on urban development, and it lays the groundwork for new initiatives, such as the international urban cooperation project, aimed at bringing together all the stakeholders from the EU and India, at both local and regional level, to pool their experience and knowledge,” added Henriette Faergemann, First Counsellor on Environment, Energy and Climate Change at the EU delegation in India.
In addition to India's Urban Development Ministry, the following institutions took part: National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA); Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM); Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA); City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO); Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL); Center for Environmental Planning and Technology-Ahmedabad (CEPT); Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC); Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT); Chennai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (CMRDA) and Mumbai Transformation Support Unit.