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France to help Chandigarh ‘restructure’ its proposal

The MoU was signed at the Indo-French summit recently.

THE CHANDIGARH administration will now have assistance from France in restructuring its Smart City proposal.

The Chandigarh administration on January 24 had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with France for in connection with the smart city mission.

The MoU was signed at the Indo-French summit organised by CII with Agence Francaise Development (AFD), a French government agency on technical cooperation in the field of sustainable urban development for development of smart city in Chandigarh.

As per the MoU, if Chandigarh fails to make it to the first round, the French government will provide technical support to restructure the proposal based on the central government’s assessment of the first submission.

The French government will provide technical assistance on urban development. French urban development experts from the French public sector will be based in the city. Experts in the fields of urban transport, water and waste treatment, solar energy, urban planning and architecture and heritage will assist the city with their smart city development plans. The agency will assist the administration in the creation and structuring of the special purpose vehicle (SPV) and capacity building for financial management. Last year, France had committed to help three Indian cities – Chandigarh, Nagpur and Puducherry – to be developed into smart cities.