Smart city: Lucknow Municipal Corp ties up with European body

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: Dec 07, 2015 13:34 IST
An upcoming project in Gomti Nagar.

The Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) has entered into an agreement with the European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) for assistance in the smart city mission, as this centre has vast knowledge resource for developing a smart city. The European civic experts would assist in the development of the state capital into a smart city in future. A memorandum of understanding to this effect was signed between the European Business and Technology Centre and LMC on Saturday.

The European Business and Technology Centre has been set up by the European Union ( EU) to assist the business, science and research communities in Europe and India to work together towards generating new business opportunities in clean technology transfer and establishing business relevant cooperation in the fields of research, science and technology. It has expertise in biotechnology, energy, environment, transport and smart city development.

The European Business and Technology Centre will provide smart city solutions, innovative programmes, best practices and case studies to Lucknow Municipal for progressing to a smart city. The centre is also going to help the LMC solve sewer, traffic and solid waste management problems.

According to municipal commissioner Udairaj Singh, the EBTC will promote European clean technologies, (which are the best in the world) in the state capital. The expertise of EBTC and its capacity to reach out to the entire European business and research community will help Lucknow get solutions to its smart city problems.

Additional municipal commissioner PK Srivastava said that director of EBTC Paul V Johnson had assured of his expertise in innovative programmes in solid waste management, green cover and best practices.

Meanwhile, a team of teachers and research scholars from the USA, led by Douglas Allen, met mayor Dinesh Sharma at his residence on Sunday. The team is here to study the pattern of Lucknow becoming a smart city. Additional municipal commissioner and mayor Dinesh Sharma briefed the delegation about the concept of smart city and its importance.

The US delegation also visited the heritage area of Chowk and monuments like Imambada and Satkhanda. The members were all praise for the rich cultural diversity of Lucknow.

The team also elicited information about the solid waste management process practiced by Lucknow, mode of transport, environment, education, employment scenario and security.

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