There is increased interest world-wide for India’s Smart City Mission. First it was France which showed interest in tying up with Puduchery for its Smart City project and now the City of Brussels is planning to tie-up with Chennai for its Smart City project.
The City of Brussels has proposed to partner with the Greater Chennai Corporation for its smart city project. Soon, the City of Brussels will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Greater Chennai Corporation to develop innovative civic aspects relating to smart city, urban planning and solid waste management. Civic representatives from the City of Brussels have visited the Chennai city for a preliminary study and to understand the city. On April 18, high-level officials from Belgium are expected to visit the city.
The City of Brussels is the largest municipality and historical centre of the Brussels-Capital Region, and the de jure capital of Belgium.
The MoU between two cities is expected to benefit the city of Chennai in many ways. First of all, the cooperation may help the Chennai city to manage its solid waste in a better manner. The MoU is also expected to promote cooperation in waste management policy through prevention, reuse, recycling, incineration with energy recovery and land-filling. Also access to funding from multilateral agencies for infrastructure development in Chennai is expected to become much easier once the MoU is signed.