Australian to assist AP on Water projects, to set up Water Science University

Amaravati: Under the Australia-AP Economic Cooperation Working Group, Australia and AP have identified water cooperation as a priority agenda item. Representatives from the Australian Consulate-General and the Australian Water Partnership met with Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, as part of the Australian water delegation to the State to discuss potential collaboration around the establishment of a Water Centre for Excellence and Water Science University in AP.A� The team also proposed to collaborate with existing cities and Amaravati for exploring fruitful opportunities in a�?water sensitive citiesa�� area.

Subsequently the Australian team visited APCRDA and presented to Commissioner Cherukuri Sridhar and officials of CRDA about collaborating in building Amaravati as a world class a�?water sensitive capital citya��.

The proposed AP-Australia Water Sensitive Cities Partnership serves as a strategic first step towards the Water Centre for Excellence.

It presents an opportunity for Australia to share its world-class capabilities in relation to urban water management by partnering with one of Indiaa��s most ambitious urban development projects- Amaravati.

By modernising and leapfrogging the linear evolution of water services, the aim of the project is to make Amaravati an exemplar for all of India regarding water sensitivity.

Tony Wong, CEO of the CRCWSC, along with Sean Kelly, Australian Consul-General to South India and his team were present in the delegation. Commissioner APCRDA had thanked the government of Australia, and CRCWSC for coming forward with such innovative and critical area of collaboration for Amaravati. He also expressed that APCRDA would sincerely look forward for materializing this partnership immediately.

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