Twenty cities across the three Indian states of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan are likely to have a fast-track development under a new Indo-Canadian initiative to train smart city planners on capacity-building and governance, according to experts associated with the project. Under the proposed initiative, a rigorous planning and analysis would be taken up to assess the capacity and investment needs in municipalities. The work involves capacity building, reform implementation, water supply, sewerage amongst others. It is in this context that the Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) based in India, and Canada-India Centre for Excellence (CICE) at Carleton University is undertaking the initiative to improve the service delivery infrastructure of these cities and thus create opportunities for private investments.

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