The Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Netherlands government for bilateral co-operation in various sectors, including agricultural and its allied industry, energy and urban development.
The MoU was signed by UP Chief Secretary Anup Chandra Pandey and Netherlands Ambassador to India, Marten Van Den Berg.
“The MoU aims at strengthening collaboration between the UP government and the Government of the Netherlands on the basis of equivalence and mutual benefit and taking into account the practical needs of the parties,” the UP government spokesman said.
This MoU is an extension of the MoU signed on July 2016 by then Samajwadi Party government and the Government of Netherlands. The agreement says that both UP and Netherlands would co-operate in various sectors like solid waste management, urban development which includes city development planning, water management, transport management, co-operation in sewerage and effluent treatment, energy efficiency in industry, agriculture, dairy and horticulture sectors, development of smart cities in UP, cultural and cycle track infrastructure development in various cities.
The earlier MoU expired on July 13 last and on Wednesday it was extended for next five years.
Officials said that considering the ongoing activities, a need was felt for continuing co-operation between both the governments. “Therefore, it was decided to extend the MoU in its entirety beyond July 13, 2019 for a further period of five years (July 13, 2024),” the spokesman said.
The Netherlands Ambassador also met Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday and held discussion on the on-going co-operation.
Discussions were also held on ways to expedite the work of Mission Clean Ganga.
Giving the example of Kumbh 2019, the Chief Minister said that the state government made a stretch of river Ganga clean using the latest technology.
The Principal Secretary (Urban Development) said that 18 hectare out of 25 hectare of land was acquired in Muzaffarnagar and another 35 hectare in Ghaziabad for solid waste management. He said the acquired land would soon be transferred to the agency responsible for setting up the plant.
The Netherlands delegation was apprised of the unlimited opportunities in sectors such as industry, power, dairy, agriculture and food processing, additional energy sources and many other areas in the state.
The Principal Secretary (Agriculture) said that Centre of Excellence was to be set up at Agriculture University in Kanpur with the joint collaboration of the governments of Netherlands and Uttar Pradesh.
He said along with this, the state government sought support to promote floriculture in the Noida region.
The Principal Secretary (Industrial Development) said that the largest cargo hub was also under construction at Jewar Airport and sought technology support from the Netherlands. In addition, there is also scope for participation in the construction of Dedicated Freight Corridor, he said.
Dr Pandey spoke about the modern technology support from the Netherlands for dairy production.
The Dutch Ambassador discussed exchange of technical support for the establishment of potato processing plant, cold chain technology, medicine, road safety and road construction..