As part of India’s Make In India campaign, the UK government has announced that it would be helping India reaching its goal of 100 smart cities over the next few years. While speaking at CII Annual Environment & Sustainability conference, British Deputy High Commissioner Bengaluru, Dominic McAllister, said that the UK government will support India in creating 100 smart cities.
He added that during Narendra Modi’s UK visit, both the prime ministers signed a 5-year long partnership, focusing on the development of three smart cities in Indore, Amaravati, and Pune which is part of 100 smart cities of India. As part of this partnership, the UK Government in association with India will work on various smart city projects like waste management, energy, water, urban ecosystem management, infrastructure development, transportation, etc.
On the back of projects like London Olympics 2012, the UK claims to have expertise in smart city initiatives and wants to use this expertise in strengthening relations with India. As of now, the UK has made available special planning tools to reduce carbon emission in Mysore and Madurai. The project has worked well up till now and is being slowly adopted by many municipal corporations and local bodies.
Both India and the UK government look forward to working together on the 100 smart city project and make it a huge success. More details about the 100 smart city project can be found here.