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UK ready to support smart cities dream of India

UK will share expertise to drive forward India’s vision for smart cities and better job opportunities

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Aug 13 2016 11:23AM | Updated Date: Aug 13 2016 12:39PM

UK ready to support smart cities dream of India

The United Kingdom is ready to share its skills and expertise to drive forward India’s vision for new smart cities and boost opportunities for new businesses. The support talk was announced by UK International Development Secretary Priti Patel.


First day of her visit, Patel met with the Minister for Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu. She said that the UK’s support for India’s urban development will generate new job opportunities and it will further strengthen the UK-India partnership that was set during Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the UK.


“I am here meeting my Ministerial counterparts to make sure that the UK’s skills and expertise ‎in areas like finance, job creation and infrastructure are used to support Prime Minister Modi’s ambitious plans for the economic ‎ development of India.”


Patel said, “We will help India for urbanization work and the growth will help in boosting business and creating employment.”


“It's by working together on long-term projects like this and involving the private sector that we will take our strong partnership to the next level to deliver prosperity, investment opportunities and growth for both India and the UK," she added.


The UK support announced by Priti Patel will come from the UK’s Department for International Development and includes technical support for India’s ‘Smart Cities Mission’ which will see British expertise boost urban development in India.


Expertise from British government would help in making plans, designs and build smart cities, which will create jobs, growth and prosperity for both India and the UK. It will bring UK experience in areas such as infrastructure, clean energy, governance, security, water and waste management.


The UK is already supporting Prime Minister’s Modi’s agenda for economic growth in several ways including, agreeing for more than £9bn commercial deals during his visit in November 2015 spanning a range of sectors.