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MMRDA signs MoU with Netherlands on Sustainable Urban Development

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MMRDA signs MoU with the Government of Netherlands through Joint Declaration on Sustainable Urban Development
 
MMRDA has signed an MoU with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Government of Netherlands to enforce sustainable urban development in the MMR (Mumbai Metropolitan Region) at the World Economic Forum, Davos 2024. This is a promising step for MMRDA directed towards achieving its dream of sustainable urban development in and around the MMR through the unparalleled guidance of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Urban Development Minister & Chairman of MMRDA Eknath Shinde and the relentless efforts of Metropolitan Commissioner of MMRDA Dr. Sanjay Mukherjee, IAS. The joint declaration ensures a five-year partnership that will allow the Dutch expertise and financial contributions to transform the MMR in terms of integrated waste management, climate resilience and circular economy. In other words, the MMR will become an epitome of effective waste management, in addition to building resilience to climate change through innovative practices in infrastructure development.
The knowledge-sharing goals of the MoU illuminate the pathway for MMRDA’s collaboration with potential and active Dutch companies, namely Sustainable Business Development (SusBDe), Harvest Waste B.V. (Including 9 to 10 companies in the consortia of Harvest Waste), Technimex, Hydraloop, and Deerns (Healthcare). Moreover, other Dutch companies involved in landfill gas extraction, such as Afvalzorg, Multriwell, Hofstetter, Indaver, and Enwell, will also majorly contribute to the objectives of knowledge sharing. Blue Phoenix Group, Royal Haskoning DHV, Rebel Group, BrEAD B.V., and Metasus are Dutch companies associated with Water Processing that will also support the cause. Finally, Water Purification companies like Paques, Nijhuis Industries, Econvert Water & Energy, Colsen, and Colubris Cleantech will share their expertise to support the MMR’s sustainable urban development of the MMR. Thus, the extended exposure to the technological brilliance and voluminous knowledge resources of these Dutch companies under the guidance of the Netherlands’ Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy is promised to the MMR through the signing of this MoU.
MMRDA is implementing environmentally conscious projects that will reshape urban infrastructure by mitigating the adverse effects of climate change, air pollution, emission of greenhouse gases, etc. Thus, this Joint Declaration was envisioned to promote cooperation between MMRDA and the Government of the Netherlands in relation to guiding the sustainable development of the MMR. The Joint Declaration entails the sharing of best practices in smart city master planning, as well as integrated waste management. Moreover, this partnership will aid the MMR in its battle against climate change, alongside supporting its journey of attaining the Livability Goals, as well as becoming a circular economy through sustainable urban development. The mutual cooperation will benefit both sides with the exchange of information on sectoral services, opportunities, and events. Hence, the partnership between the MMRDA and the Government of the Netherlands is assured to make the gleaming future of the MMR much brighter.
Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Urban Development Minister, and Chairman of MMRDA Shri Eknath Shinde expressed “The Mumbai Metropolitan Region sets the benchmark for progress across Maharashtra. Hence, we firmly believe that our ability to tackle the seemingly insurmountable challenges in and around the MMR will reflect our potential to stride towards a sustainable future throughout the state. This joint declaration with the Netherlands stands as a testament to our understanding, as it will redefine our capacity to tackle a wide range of challenges that are faced in the MMR in terms of handling waste management and climate change. These progressive achievements will undoubtedly transform the MMR into a highly efficient circular economy in the near future.”
Dr Sanjay Mukherjee, IAS, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA said “The MMR’s transformation into a sustainable metropolis is imminent, with MMRDA at the helm, guiding its noble journey every step of the way. We are deeply committed to the sustainable urban development of the MMR, and this prestigious collaboration reinforces our commitment. Embracing the global best practices in integrated waste management will be a huge leap for the MMR toward sustainability, whereas becoming a circular economy and gaining resilience to climate change will safeguard the glorious future of the MMR.”
Mr Erwin Nijsse, Director–General for Enterprise and Innovation, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Government of Netherlands said “Meaningful attempts to welcome sustainability demand collaborations between conscious entities across the globe. The environmental welfare of the world depends on such collaborations, and our joint declaration with MMRDA is a result of the perfect alignment of our ideals with MMRDA’s commitment to the sustainable future of the MMR. We sincerely hope that our partnership will have a lasting impact on the MMR’s environment through the enforcement of practices that complement climate resilience and sustainable urban development.”
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