Australia shares best urban practices for the development of smarter, sustainable, and efficient cities in India
The Australian Trade and Investment Commission – Australian Government jointly with the Smart Cities Research Cluster, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia India Council, and NITI Aayog organised a workshop on “Smart Cities and Informed Urbanisation” in New Delhi recently. It was inaugurated by Mr. Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Union Minister for Urban Development, Government of India. The workshop was aimed at creating opportunities for learning, technology transfer and trade and a knowledge exchange network between Australian and Indian cities.
The workshop provided a platform for sharing of ideas and projects dealing with digital urban renewal in Australian and Indian cities. It established durable knowledge – exchange and co-operation networks between organisations in Australia and India in the smart cities and urban development sector. It developed new collaborations focused on addressing the emerging challenges of urban transformation in Indian and Australian cities.
It brought together smart city decision makers, urbanists, and digital experts from Australia and India to engage in conversation regarding urban transformation experiences in Australia and India. Key participants were Dr Arvind Panagriya, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog; Dr Bibek Debroy, Member, NITI Aayog; Mr Amitabh Kant, Chief Executive Officer, NITI Aayog; Mr Yaduvendra Mathur, Additional Secretary, NITI Aayog; Mr Rajiv Gauba, Secretary, Urban Development; Principal Secretaries from the States and Joint Secretaries from the Central Ministries; Municipal Commissioners; Heads of City Development Authority and Managing Directors of Bangalore & Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd.
The workshop in New Delhi was the final in the series, followed by workshops held in Sydney and Chennai. A 6-member Indian delegation from NITI Aayog, CEPT University, Faridabad Municipal Corporation, Jawaharlal Nehru University, National Institute of Urban Affairs and Tamil Nadu Urban Finance & Infrastructure Development Corporation, attended a workshop in Sydney in April 2017. The delegation also participated in a study tour of the key government departments and technology business in Australia to understand Australian Smart City best practice approaches.
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Australia is recognised as one of the most urbanised countries in the world with two thirds of the population living