Tel Aviv Municipality and the Thane Municipal Corporation have joined hands, as part of India’s ‘Smart City’ initiative, Isareli ambassador Daniel Carmon announced, after inaugurating his country’s pavilion at the 3rd Smart Cities India 2017 Expo at the Pragati Maidan, in New Delhi.
As part of the cooperation, the two civic bodies, alongside an Israeli private technology major with an Indian partner, will work on replicating the ‘DigiTel Aviv’ project, as ‘DigiThane’, a senior official of the Tel Aviv Municipality said. Thane city in Maharashtra, has a population fo 18.18 lakhs.
Talking about India-Israel cooperation, the envoy said 10 companies were being showcased at the pavillion. “We are offering to India what we are capable of doing. The two countries already have cooperation in defence, security and agriculture. Now, water management technologies are being showcased here,” Carmon said.
The Israeli ambassador said the smart city cooperation, was the result of the visit of a delegation led by the Maharashtra chief minister in 2015.
Carmon said, “We are keen on cooperating in several areas. A meeting of all stakeholders, from both the countries, was held to discuss challenges and solutions related to water, from recycling to desalination, among other things.
Later this summer, we are also going to have an exposition on Israel and we invite India to be part of it,” he said. “The bilateral cooperation is the manifestation of the interest shown by the Indian government and Indian people, to meet new challenges and find solutions,” he added.