Kolkata becomes first city in South Asia to be part of C40 cities

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In a first for South Asia, Kolkata has become part of a worldwide network of C40 cities which collectively work on addressing urban sustainability challenges.

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the West Bengal government and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, which has over 80 cities as members including New York, London, Shanghai and Singapore.

It is a partnership to share experience and expertise on urban development issues, said Urban Development Minister of West Bengal Firhad Hakim, adding that the city incorporates environment sustainability features into urban planning.

Sanjay Sridhar of the C40 group said, Kolkata is the first city in south Asia to have signed the MoU.

He stated they would work with Kolkata on the issues related to transport, solid waste management, air pollution, water, energy and integrated planning.

We will find cities from our network from whose models and expertise Kolkata can learn from. The idea is to work collectively on the sustainability of cities, Sridhar added.