Indo-France signs 16 MoUs

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French President Francois Hollande, left, poses with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during a visit to the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh, India, Sunday, Jan.24, 2016. Hollande began a three-day visit to India on Sunday. Designed in the 1950s by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier, Chandigarh is one of three places that France has pledged to help develop as so-called "smart cities" — with clean water supplies, efficient sewage disposal and public transportation. (AP Photo/Kapil Sethi)

Chandigarh, Jan 24 (PTI) An agreement between Airbus Group and Mahindra for manufacture of helicopters and three MoUs under the Smart City theme were among the 16 pacts signed between India and France here today.

The Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs), which cover a wide range of sectors like urban development, urban transport, water and waste treatment and solar energy, were signed in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande, who began his three-day visit from here today.

As part of Make in India initiative, an agreement was signed between Airbus Group and Mahindra to manufacture helicopters here.

From the French side, the agreement for “cooperation” to manufacture the helicopters was signed by Pieree De Bausset, President and Managing Direcor Airbus Group India, while from the Indian side, it was inked by Prakash Shukla, the Group President of Mahindra Aerospace. Besides, three MoUs were signed under the Smart city theme for city-specific urban development between French Development Agency (AFD) with the state governments for the cities of Chandigarh, Nagpur and Puducherry. The aim of the MoUs is to provide specific technical assistance on urban development experts from the French governments programme. Urban Development Experts from the French public sector will be based in each city, CII President Sumit Mazumder said on the occassion.

Under the MoU, expert in the fields of urban transport, water and waste treatment, solar energy, urban planning and architecture and heritage they will assist the three cities with their smart city development plans.

A joint Venture between Indian SITAC group and EDF Energie Nouvelles was signed to acquire 50 per cent stake in its renewable energy business in Gujarat. This JV investment is worth 155 Million Euros in 2016 and would generate 142 MW power. Its objective is to produce one gigawatts wind energy in five years period. (MORE) PTI VJ AKA AKK AKK

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