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Singapore wants to partner with India on “smart cities”

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has expressed interest in sharing the city-state's development expertise with Indian officials. (wikimedia commons/cc)

When it comes to designing “smart cities,” few places are as successful as Singapore. Now, the tiny city-state is offering to lend its expertise to the world’s largest democracy: India.

The Economic Times reports that Singapore officials recently conveyed their interest during extensive talks between Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and M. Venkaiah Naidu, India’s urban development minister.

Assistance from Singapore, which has won acclaim for adopting urban innovations that include congestion pricing, could give a boost to India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of 100 new smart cities. Singapore may provide guidance on intelligent transportation, water management, recycling and electronically delivered government services, among other areas, the article says. The island nation also is keen on helping India establish a new capital for the state of Andhra Pradesh.

Some of the upcoming cities would be along the planned $90 billion Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor. In addition to building from scratch, Singapore also could offer guidance to existing municipalities on housing, infrastructure upgrades and protection of historic sites.

Economic Times

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