ICLEI South Asia and GIZ Urban Nexus sign MoUs with Rajkot and Nagpur city governments
Nagpur and Rajkot have recently signed a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding with GIZ Urban Nexus and ICLEI South Asia under the project “Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus”.
The MoU was signed in Nagpur on 26 September, 2016 by Mr. Shravan Hardikar, Commissioner, Nagpur Municipal Corporation; Ms. Ruth Erlbeck, Project Director, GIZ Urban Nexus and Mr. Emani Kumar, Executive Director, ICLEI South Asia. The ceremony was attended by Mr. Pravin Datke, Honorable Mayor, Mr. Satish Hole, Deputy Mayor and Mr. Sudhir Raut, Chairman Standing Committee.
(MoU being signed in Nagpur, Maharashtra)
Two days later, the MoU with Rajkot Municipal Corporation was signed on 29 September, 2016. The Commissioner Mr. Banchhanidhi Pani welcomed all the delegates and promised to extend support for further implementation of the project. Along with the Commissioner, Dr. Darshitaben Shah, Deputy Mayor and Mr. Pushkarbhai Patel, Standing Committee Chairman were also present when the MoU was signed.
(MoU being signed in Rajkot, Gujarat)
The project will be implemented over a period of 30 months and will help to identify and develop nexus-compliant projects that are also in consonance with the urban development plan of the project cities. The municipal officials in Nagpur and Rajkot will be trained and capacitated by the experts enabling them to adopt integrated planning and management approaches in developing urban development and infrastructure projects in sectors like water and wastewater management, solid waste management, affordable housing and others. Mr. Hardikar, Commissioner, Nagpur Municipal Corporation also mentioned that city is aiming to provide 50,000 houses under affordable housing scheme of the Central Government and requested GIZ Urban Nexus team and ICLEI South Asia to provide support in terms of technical expertise.
Earlier this month, two municipal officials each from Nagpur and Rajkot have attended trainings on a particular waste water technology (vacuum sewer) in Hanau, Germany under the project.