London Mayor praises Delhi for social tolerance

Staff Reporter

Signs an agreement with the Capital on promotion of business, sports, tourism

NEW DELHI: Praising Delhi for its ability to accommodate people from various places and various cultures, the visiting London Mayor Ken Livingstone on Monday said the city was not only among the most beautiful in the world but could also teach a thing or two about social tolerance to London.

Speaking after signing of an agreement between the two cities on promotion of business, sports, tourism, environment, education, cultural exchanges and a range of other such issues, Mr. Livingstone also praised the Sheila Dikshit Government for involving common people in matters of governance through the much talked about “Bhagidari” scheme.

The visiting Mayor expressed hope that Delhi would be able to host the Commonwealth Games-2010 in an efficient and fruitful manner. He also appreciated the Delhi Government’s efforts to increase the Capital’s green cover nearly 15 times in the past decade.

Ms. Dikshit said her Government had done a lot for making the Capital a green and beautiful city. “We also stand up to the challenge of hosting the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010,” she added. Efforts were also on to make Delhi a city with a modern, urban and civic infrastructure, she said.

The Chief Minister said her Government wanted to usher in economic prosperity for even the most marginalised sections of society and adopt humane policies that ensure sustainable development, open and transparent governance and satisfaction of the citizens.

Ms. Dikshit said the agreement to strengthen the relations between the two cities was based on a foundation of shared democratic values and beliefs which celebrated the contribution of communities.

The agreement was based on the understanding that both the cities had much to learn from each other, said a Delhi Government spokesperson. “This special partnership is intended to promote, in particular, cooperation in the areas like urban transport. It would help find ways to encourage the use of public transport and other environmentally friendly modes of transport and also on adoption of environment friendly technologies,” he added.

Under the agreement, both cities have pledged to identify common themes that could generate new initiatives to nurture the increasingly powerful economic, social and cultural relationships between them and also encourage and publicise existing exchanges between New Delhi and London so that a wider cross-section of citizens of both the cities benefit.

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