US to offer smart transport solutions for Allahabad, Ajmer and Visakhapatnam
New Delhi: The US Department of Transportation has agreed to offer sustainable transport solutions for the cities of Allahabad, Ajmer and Visakhapatnam. Bilateral cooperation in the field of transportation was discussed during a meeting between the visiting US Secretary of Transportation Shri Anthony Foxx and Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu here today. Shri Foxx was leading a 9-member delegation including Ms.Susan Kurland, Assistant Secretary for Aviation & International Affairs. Secretary (Urban Development) Shri Madhusudhan Prasad, Secretary(HUPA) Smt.Nandita Chatterjee and other senior officials of the Ministry participated in the discussions.
The two sides focused on cooperation on the transportation elements of smart cities including efficient public transportation systems, Intelligent Transport Systems, Traffic Information and Control, multimodal integration and capacity building and training in the field of urban transportation.
Shri Venkaiah Naidu gave a detailed account of initiatives being taken in the urban sector including building of 100 smart cities, New Urban Rejuvenation Mission for 500 cities, Housing For All, Swachh Bharat Mission etc, with the objective of enhancing the quality of lives of the people in urban areas and enabling cities to drive economic growth.
Shri Anthony Foxx, who was earlier Mayor of Charlottee, North Carolina during 2009-13 stressed that efficient urban transportation based on proper planning and execution holds the key to making cities more livable. He said the US Government is focusing on promoting regional transport solutions. He described the initiative of building 100 smart cities in India as ‘very exciting’.
Shri Venkaiah Naidu suggested to the delegation that Task Forces have been constituted for promotion of Allahabad, Ajmer and Visakhapatnam in association with United States Trade Development Agency and the US Department of Transportation can work with the city-wide teams for promoting sustainable transport solutions.
Memorandum of Cooperation
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) on Transportation with India’s Minister of Road Transport, Highways, and Shipping Nitin Gadkari. The MOC will establish a Transportation Partnership among the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Government of India Ministries of Rail, Road Transport and Highways, Shipping, and Urban Development.
“President Obama and Prime Minister Modi recently announced an agreement for the United States and India to work together on important issues facing both our countries,” said Secretary Foxx. “I’m proud to be here today to further strengthen our country’s cooperation on vital transportation issues that will help save lives and improve the quality of life for the people of India.”
The Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been working with the Ministry on road safety programs, including drunk driving countermeasures, motorcycle safety, and vehicle safety regulations. The MOC will deepen the cooperation of our two countries to include new important activities relating to the development of Smart Cities and sustainability.
Cooperation on the transportation elements of Smart Cities will be coordinated through an inter-ministerial working group and include areas such as intelligent transportation systems, multi-modal planning, livability, safety, and infrastructure financing. In addition, both countries agreed to cooperate on vehicle fuel efficiency standards and promotion of dedicated freight corridors to facilitate the movement of goods from India’s ports to major cities of the region.
While in India, Secretary Foxx is meeting with U.S. and Indian transportation companies to promote the development of advanced technologies and help resolve market access issues that will facilitate trade between the two countries.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]