Tel Aviv Municipality and the Thane Municipal Corporation have collaborated together, as part of India’s ‘Smart City’ initiative, Israeli ambassador Daniel Carmon announced, after opening his country’s pavilion in the inauguration ceremony of the’ 3rd – Smart Cities India 2017 Expo’ , at the Pragati Maidan, in New Delhi.
It’s a matter of goodluck for the citizens of Thane city in Maharashtra ; having a population of 18.18 lakhs ; that the two civic bodies – 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 informed .
Talking about India-Israel cooperation, the envoy said, 10 companies were being showcased at the pavilion. “We are offering to India what we are capable of doing. The two countries already have cooperation in defense, 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.