The Pune Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (PSCDCL) has signed a two-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) to leverage European Smart City solutions for the Pune Smart City project.
The EBTC has been identified as the “knowledge and technical cooperation partner for the Pune Smart City project”. A not-for-profit organisation, it promotes and helps customise European technologies and solutions through various programmes to suit local requirements.
The EBTC is a program initiated and constituted by the European Union (EU) and managed by EUROCHAMBRES, the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry, with a company incorporated in India. PMC commissioner Kunal Kumar and Director of PSCDCL said, “It will give us valuable global perspectives on local issues, and will also empower our Smart City initiatives through access to European Union standards of expertise, policy frameworks and also European funding bodies.”
Prerna Deshbhratar, Additional Municipal Commissioner of PMC and CEO of the PSCDCL, said, “The EBTC is expected to share real-time knowledge of technologies, solutions and best practices from Europe for the PSCDCL Smart City Project. The PSCDCL will identify the problem areas (demand) and inform the EBTC. They will provide access to technologies and solutions based on EU expertise and knowledge from governments, cities and the private sector (supply).”
“The EBTC endeavours to support the governments and private sector involved in the Smart Cities Mission in India with in-depth information and knowledge of available technologies, solutions and frameworks from Europe,” said Poul V Jensen, Director of EBTC.