‘Swiss Challenge’ to help improve city’s air quality

December 02, 2015 12:00 am | Updated March 24, 2016 01:19 pm IST - New Delhi:

Several months after announcing it would use the ‘Swiss Challenge’ method of procurement for providing infrastructure to ‘revolutionise public-private partnership in development-oriented government projects’, the Delhi government is doing the same with an aim to improve the Capital’s air and water quality.

In keeping with the method, the University of Chicago Urban Labs and the Delhi Dialogue Commission, on Tuesday, launched a first-of-its-kind competition focused on improving air and water quality in Delhi by soliciting ideas from citizens, civic leaders, academics and corporations across India.

The Urban Labs Innovation Challenge will see the Delhi government awarding up to Rs. 2 crore in funding to the most promising solutions, which organisations, agencies, students, and researchers across India with ‘promising programs or interventions’ are invited to submit as short Letters of Interest for the same.

Proposals being solicited are required to be broadly confronting the challenges that Delhi faces in energy efficiency and help reduce environmental hazards to public health and climate for the residents, the government said in a statement.

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