Smart City's CITIIS Prog Strong Platform For India, France To Achieve Their Shared Vision: Envoy

New Delhi, Sep 27 () The CITIIS programme under the country's Smart Cities Mission provides a "strong platform" for both India and France to achieve their shared vision of a sustainable future and a more equal and just society through collaboration, French Ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler has said.

Under the CITIIS (Cities Investment To Innovate, Integrate and Sustain) challenge programme, cities are encouraged to propose projects in areas of sustainable mobility, urban e-governance and information and communications technology (ICT), public open spaces and social and organisational innovation for low-income settlements.

Ziegler was speaking here at a two-day preparatory workshop held for the 100 cities shortlisted to become the country's next Smart Cities.

The event, organised by the National Institute for Urban Affairs (NIUA) along with the French Development Agency (AFD), was held at the India Habitat Centre from September 25-26.

"The CITIIS programme provides a strong platform for both India and France to achieve their shared vision of a sustainable future and a more equal and just society through collaboration," Ziegler said.

"The competitive approach used, in line with the Smart Cities Mission strategy, will ensure the emergence of innovative and participatory projects answering the needs of the citizens," he was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the French Embassy on Thursday.

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