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In India, the Pune Municipal Corporation signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with IE Singapore to assist with the implemention of its smart city projects. Under the MoU with Pune Municipal Corporation, IE Singapore will facilitate the participation of Singapore-based urban solution providers in smart city projects being deployed under the Smart Cities Mission in Pune.

IE Singapore is a programme which operates under the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry to help local companies to improve their operations outside Singapore.

The MoU is expected to help the Indian city to improve its management of water, wastewater, energy and transport infrastructure under efforts to enhance the quality of life for its residents.

Pune city in Maharashtra state signed the MoU to facilitate the deployment of its $5.2 billion smart city projects including improvements to the city’s housing, security and customer engagement services through the use of IoT technologies.

[quote] The smart city projects will help Pune city avoid pressure on its urban infrastructure due to rapid increases in industrial activities and population.

The signing of the MoU follows Pune ranking by the Indian Development Ministry as the eighth fastest city in implementing its smart city plan.

IE Singapore also previously signed MoU on smart city projects with Indian states of Rajasthan and Gujarat.

Energy efficiency and smart city projects

The news follows an announcement made by the Indian government in October 2016, that it is incorporating energy efficiency measures to its smart city projects.

Energy Efficiency Services Limited signed a deal with the Ministry of Urban Development to enhance energy conservation at municipal level under the Municipal Energy Efficiency programme which promotes grid reliability and stability.

Under the agreement, the two parties will deploy the latest energy efficiency technologies in municipalities and cities selected to benefit from the country's Smart Cities Mission.

The Pune Municipal Corporation is amongst the first cities to benefit from the Municipal Energy Efficiency programme, reported a local publication. Read more...

The signing of the deal between IE Singapore and the Indian government increases collaborations on energy between India and other nations.

India and Switzerland extended the duration of their collaboration to research, develop and implement energy efficient technologies.

The agreement by the two countries to extend their building energy efficient programme, Indo-Swiss Building Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP), was signed by Andreas Baum, ambassador of Switzerland to India and Shir Raj Pal, economic advisor for the Indian government.

The timeline of the programme will stretch through to 2021 to ensure India continue to achieve the stability of its grid network.

BEEP was introduced by the two countries in 2011 to encourage innovation in the energy efficiency sector through knowledge sharing and joint research and implementation of buildings energy conservation measures.

 

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