A 10-member delegation from the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi visited Stockholm for a study tour from 24 to 30 October 2015. The high-level delegation was led by Mr. Satyendar Kumar Jain, Minister of Health, Home, Power, PWD and Industries and also included Shri Gopal Rai, Minister of Transport, Employment, Development, Labour and General Administration; Shri Chetan Bhushan Sanghi, Principal Secretary; Shri Sarvagya Kumar Srivastava, Engineer-in-Chief (Projects), Public Works Department and Shri Sanjiv Ahuja, Executive Director, Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (DSIIDC) and other senior officials. TheIndian Ambassador Banashri Bose Harrison, hosted a welcome dinner for the Indian Delegation and representatives of the Swedish companies participating in the programme.
The main focus of the visit was on collaboration opportunities with Sweden in the field of sustainable urban development and Smart City planning. The dimensions which were emphasized included connectivity, sustainable urban transport solutions, smart traffic management systems, solid and liquid waste management, water treatment, and smart and sustainable living. To study how Sweden had dealt with these aspects, the delegation visited the Stockholm Royal Seaport and the City Hall where they were given presentations on the existing state of the city of Stockholm and challenges, and for its sustainable development. The delegation also visited the Vatten’s Henriksdal Water Treatment Plant and the Högdalen’s Waste Incineration Plant. The Indian delegation also visited the offices of the Volvo Group and the Scania CV AB where they were given information and demonstrations regarding the working of smart transport solutions, green fuel and traffic management. The delegation visited the Ericsson headquarters to hold discussions on smart digitization of Delhi. They also visited the Karolinska Institute and the Karolinska University Hospital and discussed potential cooperation including possible exchange of medical students, doctors and other faculty members.
Business Sweden organized a Breakfast Seminar where the Delhi delegation presented the many opportunities that the capital’s ambitious infrastructure projects offered to Swedish companies.
The visit succeeded in deepening the mutual understanding regarding how India and Sweden could work together to build a sustainable urban future together; thereby building on the focus that both countries agreed to put on this important area during the visit of the President of India in June 2015. This important visit is also expected to stronger capital-to-capital ties.