[ecis2016.org] The Maharashtra government has announced that it will collaborate with Canada, to implement a joint action plan on affordable housing, urban infrastructure and smart cities
The Maharashtra government, on November 9, 2016, signed an agreement with Canada, to implement a joint action plan on urban infrastructure development in the state. The Canada-Maharashtra action plan seeks to introduce companies, solutions and financing from the North American country, for urban development and implementation of state-led infrastructure projects.
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“We are implementing a joint action plan and the target areas for collaboration include affordable housing, urban infrastructure, including smart cities, project financing, training and skill development,” Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said.
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The plan envisages supporting Indo-Canadian partnerships, including private sector companies, universities and colleges, to speed up project implementation, promote economic development and contribute to improving standards of living in the state. The action plan will allow world class, innovative Canadian companies to find new partners and projects, said visiting Canadian minister of economic development, Navdeep Bains.
A working group, comprising officials from the consulate general of Canada and Maharashtra’s home, urban development, housing, labour, information and technology departments and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, will oversee the implementation of the projects.
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