Strengthening Indo-Nordic sambandh on Smart Cities

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Dharamshala in the state of Himachal Pradesh is known as the home of the Dalai Lama, it is also one of 100 cities under the Government of India’s Smart Cities Mission.

The India-Nordic Smart City Conclave this week brought together over 100 Nordic and Indian Smart City experts, companies and officials to build, as one of the speakers pointed out, stronger Indo-Nordic sambandh within the Smart City segment. Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the five Nordic embassies in New Delhi (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) organized the event.

India’s Smart City Mission was launched by the Indian Government in 2015. Through Joint Ventures, Public Private Partnerships, Subsidiaries and Turnkeys, 100 Indian cities will become smart cities with affordable housing, efficient urban mobility and public transport, renewable energy and smart distribution and management, good water and waste management, good governance and smart ICT solutions.

During his opening remarks, Joint Secretary Mr. Naidu, from Indian Ministry of External Affairs pointed out the long and strong bonds between Indian and the Nordic countries. Specifically highlighting the opportunities that lies in strengthening these bonds within Smart City development – the Nordic countries have valuable experience and expertise to bring to the table.

The “Nordic Solutions” are a combination of holistic thinking, participatory approach and system integration and innovation. It is particularly true, in the field of sustainable urbanization – which has become of the most important driver for economic growth and job creation worldwide.

“The Nordic countries have built some of the world’s most sustainable, smart and attractive cities. The Nordic countries are frontrunners in relation to sustainable urban development and efficient land use. Creative and innovative Nordic forces are thriving, particularly within the fields of design, architecture and landscape planning.” Ambassador Kamsvåg pointed out in his address. 

The daylong conclave held sessions on sustainable business models for Smart Cities, renewable energy, urban planning and transport solutions, waste management and wastewater treatment.

The conclave provided the relevant stakeholders from India and the Nordic countries with an ideal occasion to discuss the most recent innovations, trends, challenges and opportunities in the rejuvenated Indian urban landscape. The Conclave provided a platform for collaboration between the proposed Smart Cities and the potential technical urban solution providers from the Nordic countries.