London mayor gets a peek into city govt functioning

Mayor of London Boris Johnson accompanied by British High Commissioner to India James Bewan and an eight-member delegation called on chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday to participate in an interactive session with city government ministers and officers on civic issues.

Johnson appreciated the switch from diesel to CNG in public transport and commercial vehicles. He also commended the expansion plan of the Delhi Metro.

Dikshit gave an overview of the capital, and apprised the visitors of the administrative set-up.

The issue of foreign direct investment in retail was also discussed. She referred to issues related to the Yamuna, and said the city government is working under a plan to install interceptor sewers.

While the city government is facing challenges in the health sector since it has to cater to large number of patients coming from other states, Delhi is slowly marching towards a well-developed medical tourism centre, she said.

City urban development minister Arvinder Singh, education minister Kiran Walia, chief secretary P K Tripathi and other senior officials attended the meeting.

Johnson said London is yet to complete work on ‘clean and safe’ Thames Project — a separate drainage system is being built underneath the Thames to dump waste directly into the sea.

Johnson said there are more higher education institutes and universities in London than Delhi offering over 30,000 courses.

He offered expertise in higher education, transport, waste management, housing and private sector financing for infrastructure projects in Delhi.

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