During a meeting of Japanese Ambassador to India Kenji Hiramatsu with Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu here on Thursday, he said, Japan is “quite interested” in urban development initiatives of the government and decided to be a partner, an official release said.
Responding to Naidu’s observation about the need for speedy action, the Japanese envoy said “We would like to match the action oriented approach of the government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”
Meanwhile, British High Commissioner Dominic Asquith also met Naidu and discussed converting into action the MoU signed between the two countries on cooperation in urban development sector.
The MoU was signed during the recent visit of British Prime Minister Theresa May to India.
Asquith said institutionalising “Government to Government cooperation” for smart city development has huge potential.
So far, various countries have come forward to be associated with development of 15 smart cities.
These include United States Trade Development Agency (USTDA) for Visakhapatnam, Ajmer and Allahabad, UK for Pune, Amaravati and Indore, France for Chandigarh, Puducherry and Nagpur and Germany for Bhubaneswar, Coimbattore and Kochi.
Walls N Roof Comment : The Smart City mission has over 60+ cities as a part of its developmental plan. Various cities are going to receive international assistance. Korea will lend its assistance to Kolkata for the green cities mission to 6 towns whereas France will lend assistance to Amravati. The Maharashtra Canada pact will help in the rapid urbanization and development of Thane and others in the smart city mission. Japan adds to the list of countries who have shown keen interest and have come forward to be associated with development of the smart cities.