Smart city on mind, HP minister invites Sweden to invest in state
SHIMLA: Himachal Pradesh urban development minister Sudhir Sharma said Dharamshala town was being developed as a ‘smart city‘, and he was planning to introduce the best techniques of various countries for making it a well-developed, beautiful town of the state.
At a meeting in New Delhi with Harald Sandberg, the Swedish ambassador in India, Sharma enquired about the techniques being adopted by Sweden in transport, power, and health sectors, and invited Sweden to invest in the state in various sectors.
He also invited the ambassador and his team to Dharamshala to seek their suggestions for the construction of parking facilities, and natural disaster management.
It was decided that the Swedish team would give its suggestions on developing 10 pollution-free parkings and pilot terminal projects at Dharamshala.
Sharma also inaugurated an exhibition of Sweden put up in the ‘Smart Cities Expo-2016’, being organized at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. Various companies from more than 40 countries displayed their exhibits in the three-day long expo.
Sharma said this kind of initiative would go a long way in ensuring planned and systematic development of the country’s cities, along with modern facilities.
He said various leading companies working in different sectors were participating in the expo, which would benefit stakeholders. “The main objective of this expo is to provide a suitable forum to interested companies to know about the techniques of different sectors for the development of cities,” he added.
He also met Alphonsus Stoelinga, the ambassador of Holland, who briefed him about the features of green grass used in playgrounds.
Sharma said the technique could also be used in Dharamshala grounds to give a boost to sports activities at the international level.