France to help in developing Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala as smart cities

Shimla/October 16 (NG News)
Himachal government would seek the help of France to develop major towns like Shimla, Manali, Dharmashala as Smart Cities for which the French Government had shown its keenness to adopt these towns.

After a meeting with French delegation headed by the Ambassador of France in India Francois Richier, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said Himachal Pradesh intends to take up and develop major towns like Shimla, Manali, Dharmashala as Smart Cities.

“The French Government had shown its keenness to adopt the towns and the state government would take up this matter with Ministry of Urban Development Government of India for creating Smart Cities in the State having adequate infrastructure and facilities like proper water treatment, waste management,” Singh said.

The delegation deliberated upon various issues pertaining to advanced technologies for developing energy and power projects for Smart Cities in the state. The other members of the delegation were Jean-Rene, Minister Counsellor and Head of Regional Economic Services for South Asia Ilika Mann, Counsellor for Regional and Legal Relations, Embassy of France Fanny Herve, Counsellor Sustainable Development, Embassy of France Camille Severac, Project officer, French Development Agency in India (AFD) and other delegates specialized in the field of Urban Development and Solar Energy.

French delegation showed keen to invest in the state and interacted upon the issues especially related to transport solution and mobility, technical solutions for waste collection, urban transportation and re-cycling, appropriate technology for introducing decentralized seepage management system etc.

The Chief Minister honoured the French delegates and assured to study the proposals and seek their valuable and technical expertise as and when required.