NSW Planning experts to assist India in building Smart Cities

Mike Baird
Mike Baird

The NSW Government will send a delegation of urban planning experts to India to provide

assistance to local urban planners as the nation embarks on a major development drive.

NSW Premier Mike Baird made the announcement while visiting the state of Gujarat during his first

official visit to India.

Mr Baird toured the site of the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) in the city of

Ahmedabad, which is set to become one of India’s biggest financial hubs and has similarities to

Barangaroo in Sydney’s CBD.

“NSW is an international leader in sustainable urban development and we have offered to share

our knowledge and expertise with our Indian friends,” Mr Baird said.

“Gujarat is one of the most populated states in India with 6.2 million residents and reports suggest

Ahmedabad is one of the fastest growing cities in the world.

“To address the demand Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has outlined a plan to build 100

Smart Cities featuring high-quality infrastructure and communications technologies to attract the

world’s brightest minds.

“GIFT is India’s first Smart City under construction and Prime Minister Modi considers it the model

for the nation’s development and reform.

“The NSW Government recognises the mammoth task facing Gujarat and a new partnership will

allow us to share our experiences in building sustainable cities.

“We are building Sydney’s new financial centre at Barangaroo, and providing the infrastructure and

housing needed to create jobs and address population growth in Western Sydney.

“I will meet with Chief Minister Anandiben Patel to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to

pave the way for closer economic cooperation.

“As part of the MOU, NSW will offer to send a delegation from UrbanGrowth and the Barangaroo

Delivery Authority to Gujarat to share their knowledge and experiences in building sustainable and

connected urban centres.

“The delegation of leading planning experts would travel to India to meet with project managers to

share expertise in contemporary planning and major urban renewal.

“India is a priority market for NSW and we see this partnership as an opportunity that will mutually

benefit our economies and our populations into the future,” Mr Baird said.

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About Ashok Kumar

Ashok Kumar is an accomplished journalist with over 38 years of experience in the profession in various capacities. He was a sub-editor in Patriot and later Chief Sub-editor in The Hindustan Times, New Delhi. He has several published articles and reports in Patriot and HT. Published reports in The Blacktown Sun in Sydney. He had also been a tutor in journalism in the University of Western Sydney. He is currently Editor at The Indian Sub-continent Times, Sydney.

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