The Government of New Delhi is to partner with Sweden to share Stockholm’s energy efficient technologies in transportation, waste management and fibre-optic networks to test its adaptability to the populous capital city.
The Minister of Health and Public Works department Satyendra Jain and transport minister Gopal Rai along with other senior government officials have travelled to the Scandinavian country on a five-day knowledge-sharing trip.
Mr Jain’s focus was to find ways to improve transportation infrastructure in New Delhi and make it more sustainable.
Jain said of particular interest to the government is Stockholm’s underground network of fibre-optic cable networks for high-speed connectivity and sustainability.
Government officials sought to evaluate if such a network could be applicable to the government's plan to execute free Wi-Fi in Delhi.
Jain said: "For me traffic management, road planning and public transportation is an area of interest. Also, I would like to study the waste management and waste-to-energy projects and how the same can be done here.
“For instance, we will be visiting smart city projects. Frankly, I am looking for solutions that are possible to implement in India and am open to investors from Sweden coming in with expertise to deliver solutions that are sustainable."
Energy efficiency through knowledge sharing
The Trade commissioner to India at the Swedish Embassy, Anna Liberg, said the cooperation is aimed at knowledge sharing and working out ways in which Sweden can help New Delhi on clean city initiatives and Wi-Fi facilities.
Ms Liberg said: “There is going to be a detailed presentation on the Wi-Fi experience and the technology available in Sweden. Among other things, there will be a visit to the Royal seaport project site to showcase how energy efficient eco-friendly new housing projects for sustainable living for the future are being created.”
A news report by The Times of India also highlighted that Sweden and Delhi share common challenges, namely traffic congestion and shortage of housing, with both experiencing an increase in citizens moving into cities.
The Indian state and Sweden’s capital are also looking into clean fuel technologies to improve energy efficiency within transport systems, with in the introduction of biofuel-run cars.