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French delegation meets Adviser; appreciates Smart City projects in City

Chandigarh, 31st January 2019: A Joint Working Group (JWG) of Sustainable Urban Development, 2019(delegation) from France led by Mr. Olivier Robinet, Deputy Director of the International Division at MEST-MTCRLA met  Sh. Manoj Kumar Parida, IAS, Adviser to the Administrator, UT, Chandigarh and the team of officers of Chandigarh Smart City Ltd at UT Secretariat today.

The Adviser welcomed the delegation at the Smart City Chandigarh. The discussion took place about the conservation of heritage projects being undertaken in the city and how the city is taking leaps towards use of renewable energy. He further told the delegation to work on projects like use of electrical fleet of buses for mass transportation in the city.

The meeting of the delegation with the Adviser paved the way forward for funding of 24x7 water supply project for the city by the French agency AFD.

Earlier a detailed presentation over the Smart City projects was made by CEO, CSCL, Sh. K.K. Yadav, IAS to the delegation at Smart City office. The presentation highlighted the need for 24x7 water supply distribution in the city, which will not only discourage storage of water but the problem of low water pressure and contamination will also be eliminated. The delegation offered the officers of Smart City to visit France for training and capacity building in the field of water supply, sanitation and transportation. The delegation went around the city including Capitol Complex, Le Corbusier’s Centre, Pierre Jenneret House, Sukhna Lake and other prominent places of city.

Present among the delegation were amongst Ms. Zenaide Hubert, Project officer incharge of Indian subcontinent, Ms. Dominique Campana, Director of International Affairs art ADEME (French Environment & Energy management agency), Ms. Aurelie Bernard, Project Manager, ADEME, Mr. Brahmanand Mohanty, Project Manager, ADEME, Ms. Clemence Vidal de La Blache, Deputy Regional Director for India & Bangladesh, AFD, Mr. Jean-Marc Fenet, Minister counsellor, Mr. Maxime du Bois, Counsellor sustainable development, Ms. Louise Rousseau, project officer, Smart Cities & energy, Ms. Aakriti Arora, Deputy head for sustainable development and transport from Regional Economic Department, Embassy of France and Mr. Aurelien Sostaponti, head of industries and cleantech at business France India.

Officers present during the meeting were Sh. Arun Kumar Gupta, IAS, Principal Secretary, UT, Chandigarh, Sh. K.K. Yadav, IAS, CEO Chandigarh Smart City Ltd.-cum-Commissioner, Municipal Corporation Chandigarh, Dr. Saurabh Mishra, IAS, Additional CEO CSCL-cum-Additional Commissioner, MCC, Sh. Mukesh Anand, Chief Engineer, UT, Chandigarh, Sh. N.P. Sharma, General Manager, CSCL and other senior officers of Chandigarh Administration.

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