Hello and welcome to the Current Affair's Portal of ExamPundit.in. Japan has decided to associate itself with the development of Chennai, Varanasi and Ahmedabad as smart cities.
This decision was announced on 5 January 2017 when the Japanese Ambassador to India, Kenji Hiramatsu met the Union Urban Development Minister, M Venkaiah Naidu. Kenji said that Japan was interested in the urban development initiatives of the Indian government and had decided to be its partner.
He further added, replying to Naidu’s observation about the need for a speedy action that Japan would like to match the action-oriented approach of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.
Japan is however not the only country to express interest in being associated with India’s initiative of developing over 100 smart cities.
Recently, Dominic Asquith, the British High Commissioner also met Naidu and discussed the implementation of the MoU signed between the two nations on cooperation in the urban development sector. The MoU was signed during the British Prime Minister, Theresa May’s recent visit to India.
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