OTTAWA: Twenty cities across three Indian states of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan are likely to have a fast-track development under a new Indo-Canadian initiative to train smart city planners on capacity-building and governance, according to experts associated with the project.
Under the proposed initiative, a rigorous planning and analysis would be taken up to assess the capacity and investment needs in municipalities, they said.
The 20 cities identified are among the 64 cities in the three states that come under the Atal Mission popularly called AMRUT. The work involves capacity building, reform implementation, water supply, sewerage amongst others.
It is in this context that the Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) based in India, and Canada-India Centre for Excellence (CICE) at Carleton University is undertaking the initiative to improve the service delivery infrastructure of these cities and thus create opportunities for private investments.
"The joint initiative would leverage Canadian and Indian expertise to address underlying challenges and build downstream receptor capacity," Rajesh Tandon, president of PRIA said.
"The Carleton University and CICE had already carried out considerable work with the Indian Smart Cities Mission. CICE had developed a portal called Smart Cities Navigator to identify market opportunities in India for Canadian investors and companies," Harry Sharma, manager, CICE said.
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