Netherlands will help UP manage its urban affairs better

CnVPq_TWYAAgw5VThe Netherlands will help Uttar Pradesh in managing Solid Waste Management, Urban Development and Infrastructure, Water Management, Water Supply, Cleanliness of Water Resources, Sewage Treatment, Transport Management and Revival of Water Bodies.

The Government of Uttar Pradesh has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Netherlands in this regard. Dutch Ambassador Alphonsus Stoelinga and UP Chief Secretary Deepak Singhal signed the MoU on July 14, 2016  in presence of UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

The Netherlands it would also help in land reclamation of 1,500 acres in the Ganga basin in Kanpur and development of cultural heritage, as per the MoU.

Besides, with an aim to facilitate the farmers with latest agri-techniques in Uttar Prdesh, a Skill Development Centre would be established in the State, with the cooperation of the Netherlands. With this facility, the farmers would get information of not only food processing but also of how modern techniques can be also used for better produce of sugarcane, potato, dairy development and flowers.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said that by works undertaken under the MoU, income of farmers would increase and that agriculture production would go up, dairy industry would be modernised and modern technology would be introduced in the food-processing industry. The MoU would also boost the agro-processing industry, especially units based on potato and many new jobs would also be created.

The Chief Minister further said that the two governments would take up skill development, training, research, symposiums and educational journeys and that with this Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) would also be encouraged.

Chief Secretary Deepak Singhal said that the Chief Minister during his visit to the Netherlands in September 2014 had closely seen the remarkable work done by the Dutch in sectors like dairy, flower production and sale, food processing and sewage treatment. Thereafter, he had asked the State Government officers to make the best use of the expertise of Netherlands, following which the MoU has been inked.

Work on the MoU would begin at the earliest, he added.

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