Ambassador leads a French delegation to Chandigarh

H.E. Mr François Richier, Ambassador of France to India, leads a 28 member industrial delegation to Chandigarh on Monday, 12th October 2015.

Chandigarh, 12 October 2015

Focusing on urban development and partnering the Smart-City initiative, announced by Prime Minister Modi earlier this year, each French company has been specifically chosen for its cutting edge technology, particularly adapted for Indian conditions.

During the day, Ambassador Richier met with Mr Vijay Dev, Adviser to the Administrator, Union Territory of Chandigarh, and other senior officials in areas of collaborative interest, and held discussions on urban development, the Chandigarh city vision of the future, renewable energy, urban security, urban transport solutions and most importantly Chandigarh as a Smart City.

Recalling French association with Chandigarh’s planning and architecture, Ambassador Richier briefly addressed a symposium on Le Corbusier, the French architect who designed the city plan of Chandigarh in 1947.

Ambassador Richier also called on H.E. Shri Kaptan Singh Solanki, Administrator of Chandigarh, during the day.

Smt. Bhawna Garg, Municipal Commissioner, received the French delegation, and accompanied by Heads of all technical departments, had discussions on urban infrastructure project plans for the future and discussed how French technology can partner in this development.

French technology specializes in meeting the requirements of a modern and sustainable city. Some of the unique technologies developed are:
  • An Intelligent bus management system, optimizing usage of bus capacity and saving operational costs
  • Urban ropeways for optimizing passenger movement over crowded roads at low cost
  • Pillarless tramways using existing roads and pathways
  • Urban security solutions for crowded urban sites
  • 24/7 urban water supply management
  • Leak detection in water pipes without digging up roads, conserving water, saving leakage costs
  • Waste management developing energy from waste and reducing costs
  • Computerized management of integrated multimodal transport solutions
  • Intelligent bus stops giving real time bus fleet details to waiting passengers
  • Development of Renewable energy sources utilizing minimal land use
  • Energy efficiency solutions to reduce costs
  • Modern street furniture adapted for Indian conditions financed through advertising models
  • Operation and maintenance solutions for urban transportation
  • Wifi and digital solutions and communications technologies for the modern city
  • 3D modelling to plan smart and sustainable cities, preparation of integrated city master plans
  • Signalling, smart ticketing and passenger information systems for urban transportation

In India, France is one of the only foreign investors to have more than 40 companies operating in 25 Indian cities covering 15 different Indian states (10 of which are in megacities with a population of 5 million plus). Their projects range across all the sectors of urban development including urban transport, renewable energies & electricity, water and waste management, urban planning and development, city lighting and street furniture and information & communication technologies. They cover the entire production chain required for a city, starting from feasibility studies to construction & project implementation, up to the operation & maintenance of new and existing projects some on cost sharing partnership models.

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