British minister for the Indo-Pacific Anne Marie Trevelyan arrived in India on a three-day visit aimed at strengthening collaboration on environmental and technology initiatives.
Trevelyan, who arrived in Chennai on Friday, will launch the UK government-backed smart district project in Tamil Nadu.
The initiative involves the deployment of sensors across a district to collect real-time data on water and waste management, as well as environmental quality, the British High Commission said in a statement.
The project seeks to identify patterns and trends that can aid in better resource allocation and management decisions.
Trevelyan will also tour Larsen and Toubro Ltd’s (L&T’s) state-of-the-art Kattupalli shipyard in the southern Indian state.
Talks between British and Indian officials are likely to focus on the electrification of naval fleets and enhanced maritime security cooperation.
Last year, the UK and India initiated an electric propulsion capability partnership, combining the expertise of the Royal Navy and UK industry with that of the Indian Navy and L&T.
Trevelyan will announce two new technology partnerships with India to further address sustainability issues during her visit, the British High Commission statement said.
The minister will also tour the National Institute of Ocean Technology to gain insights into India’s deep-sea programs, marine systems, and vessel management.
She will also explore the UK’s existing partnership with Tamil Nadu state on climate-related matters, including a visit to Anna University’s Climate Studio to review unique climate modeling systems used for weather forecasting and rainfall prediction.
“The UK and India are close partners, pooling our unique expertise to work toward a shared goal of increasing security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific. Our efforts on a range of issues are vital to tackle global challenges and build a more sustainable future,” Trevelyan said in a statement.
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