Nod for MoUs on smart cities, higher education, bridges

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on January 22, 2018 Published on December 30, 2015

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Urban Development and Bloomberg Philanthropies, New York, to support the Centre’s flagship scheme ‘smart cities’, an official statement said. 

According to the proposal, Bloomberg Philanthropies will work as Knowledge Partner and support the development and execution of the city challenge under the mission.

Bloomberg Philanthropies will bear all the costs of supporting the mission with the Centre having no financial role, the statement added.

On May 15, the Ministry had accepted the offer of Bloomberg Philanthropies for cooperation in conducting the ‘cities challenge’ competition. A letter of acceptance in this regard had been issued by the Ministry.

Pact with Norway

The Cabinet also approved the signing of an MoU between SINTEF, Norway and Central Public Works Department for cooperation in the development of human resource capacity building and scientific research in the field of recycling of construction and demolition waste in India. 

An MoU between India and Canada for cooperation in higher education was also renewed. Further, the Cabinet gave its approval for an MoU on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia, also called the ‘Raptor MOU’ with the Convention on Conservation of Migratory Species.

Apart from these, ex-facto approval was also given for signing of an MoU among BRICS countries for the BRICS Network University. The Cabinet was also apprised of the MoU signed in October 2015 between India and Jordan for promoting cooperation in the field of IT and electronics. 

Further, approval was received for construction of 69 bridges including approach roads on the Tamu-Kyigone-Kalewa (TKK) road section of the Trilateral Highway in Myanmar at a cost of  ₹371.58 crore. 

The Cabinet also approved the exchange of Airports Authority of India’s land measuring 11.45 acres at Visakhapatnam Airport with an equivalent area of land offered by Visakhapatnam Port Trust for setting up of Multi Modal Logistics Park by Container Corporation of India at Visakhapatnam. 

Published on December 30, 2015
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