Maharashtra and Midland have lot of things in common, says Britain’s Community Secretary
“Both regions are at the cutting edge of modern engineering technology driving the future mobility revolution,” added James.
PUNE: Britain’s Communities Secretary James Brokenshire, who was on a three-day visit to India, on Friday, said that the Maharashtra-Midland tie-up will boost business and technology ties between India and UK.
While addressing a press meet in the city on Friday afternoon, James said that Maharashtra and Midland have lot of things in common, which will lead to great advancements on various fronts, including technology and future mobility solutions. “Both regions are at the cutting edge of modern engineering technology driving the future mobility revolution,” added James.
He further said that Midlands and Maharashtra are thriving tech hubs in their own right, and by bringing these two great regions together, they are strengthening technological and economic ties to the benefit of people and businesses.
Mayor of West Midlands Andy Street said that they are in talks with Tata Motors and Bharat Forge on future mobility solutions such as increasing the use of electric vehicles.
“In UK, too, there is need to increase the use of electric vehicles and so the tie-up will help us in designing infrastructure solutions to meet the future needs,” added Andy.
Speaking on the concept of smart cities, James said that smart cities have to take the help of technology to make efficient decisions. “Smart city is also about green and sustainable solutions,” added James.
Speaking on Fintech and cyber security measures, James said that they are eyeing tech summits in coming future, which will help to showcase their technology. “Such summits will help us in sharing talent. India has talent and UK too has lot of technology related talent and such summits will help us in coming future,” added James. Chairman of Midlands Engine Sir John Peace was present for the meet.
The officials also met officials of Pune Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (PMRDA) to share details of smart cities. James said that they discussed intelligent traffic management solutions with PMRDA officials.