Will work with Bloomberg to advance 'Smart Cities' initiative, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday termed his meeting with former New York City mayor as very productive, adding that the two leaders would work together to take forward the 'Smart Cities' initiative.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday termed his meeting with former New York City mayor as very productive, adding that the two leaders would work together to take forward the 'Smart Cities' initiative.

The Prime Minister took to twitter to share news of the meeting.

"My friend @MikeBloomberg and I had a great meeting! We will work together to advance the Smart Cities Initiative," he posted.

Prime Minister Modi also retweeted a post by Bloomberg.

"Prime Minister @NarendraModi and I share the belief that #Cities are key to driving innovation and progress," Bloomberg had written.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi and Bloomberg announced a partnership between the Ministry of Urban Development and Bloomberg Philanthropies, which will work for the 'Smart Cities' initiative by promoting economic growth, improve governance and deliver effective public services to urban residents across the nation.

According to a release by the Prime Minister's Office, Bloomberg Philanthropies shall provide help the ministry select cities for the initiative, as well as providing funding on a continuous basis. This move will seek to ensure that real citizen engagement takes place, with residents being involved both in design and execution of development plans, thus actualizing the idea of cooperative and competitive federalism. 

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