The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was apprised the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Government of India and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Government of Australia for Technical Cooperation in urban water management. The two governments signed the MoU in December, 2021.
The pact would reinforce bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the area of urban water security. It would strengthen institutional capacities at all levels for urban water management; improve accessibility, affordability & quality of water and sanitation services; promote circular economy of water & water secure cities; encourage climate resilient water management practices; enhance community participation in water management and improve social inclusion through initiatives for accessible infrastructure.
The MoU will enable both sides to learn about technological advancements gained by the two nations in key areas of urban water security and will promote exchange of learning, best practices, and capacity building of institutions. This will help towards realization of AatmaNirbhar Bharat.
(With inputs from PIB)