14 Indian delegates from New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Ahmedabad started a 1-week long visit to Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Barcelona, on March 19th to examine smart city and urban planning developments in Europe and share their experience with relevant experts. The delegates, which represent key Indian institutions such as the Ministry of Urban Development, 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 will have the opportunity to visit smart cities’ initiatives, transportation projects, government institutions, and environmental approaches, and to see important landmarks, such as Rotterdam South bank and harbor to Maasvlakte II (harbor extension), “De Nieuwe Maze”, the flagship of the Port of Rotterdam, “Schieblock” (rooftop farming), “Benthemplein” (water buffering), mobility planning led by the Center for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI) of Amsterdam, the contrasts of the neighborhoods of the historical center of Barcelona (Barri Gotic, Born, Ciutadella) and the widening of Cerdá with the jewels of Gaudi’s architecture (Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell), new renewable energies as the waste to energy plant of Sant Adriá de Besós or the transit control centre of the city of Barcelona.
The Study Tour visit is delivered within the Framework Contract of the European Union’s urban initiatives in India as part of the project: “Preparation for an EU-India Sustainable Urbanisation Partnership”. This project is developed by the Spanish Engineering Company ACCIONA Ingeniería, in cooperation with Mumbai First.
Mr. B. Anand, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Urban Development of India who is participating in the visit stated that “this is a unique opportunity to examine first-hand the latest urban developments in Europe and relate them to India and also to identify topics and ways for future cooperation.”
Mrs. H. Faergemann, First Counsellor - Environment, Energy, Climate Change, Delegation of the EU to India, said that “The visit of the Indian delegation builds on more than 4 years of EU-Indian cooperation on urban issues and sets the scene for new initiatives, such as the International Urban Cooperation project, which aims at bringing together city/regional stakeholders from the EU and India to exchange experience and know-how on sustainable urban development and climate action for cities”.