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India, Japan sign MoU to develop Varanasi into ‘smart city’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe look on during signing of an agreement on developing Varanasi as a Smart City, at the State Guest House in Kyoto on Saturday. PTI  

Varanasi, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi represents in the Lok Sabha, will be developed into a ‘smart city’ by using the experience of Kyoto, the ’smart city’ of Japan, under a pact signed here on Saturday.

A Partner City MoU was signed by Indian Ambassador Deepa Wadhwa and Kyoto Mayor Daisaka Kadokawa at a ceremony witnessed by Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.

The MoU, which was signed soon after Modi’s arrival here on a five—day visit, provides for cooperation in heritage conservation, city modernisation and cooperation in the fields of art, culture and academics, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin told reporters

This will serve as framework for Smart heritage city programme between the two countries, he added.

Kyoto, which is a heritage city with Buddhist culture, provides special symbolism to the visit as the Prime Minister has the vision of “rejuvenating” Indian cities.


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