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Shiv Nadar University organises Bilbao-Delhi workshop on urban rejuvenation

A delegation of experts from the Spanish town of Bilbao, which was ravaged by floods in 1983 and has since been rebuilt, shared its views on urban rejuvenation with the recently-appointed Delhi Dialogue Commission

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NEW DELHI, March 11: Shiv Nadar University organised a workshop titled 'Urban Experiences: Bilbao & Delhi' to discuss the issues of Zoning & Urban Planning, Environment & Pollution, Urban Governance, Public Spaces & Public Aesthetics. The workshop was aimed at exchanging ideas and urban experiences of Bilbao - in Spain's Basque Country - and Delhi. Hosted by the Centre for Public Affairs and Critical Theory (C-PACT) of the University, the workshop was attended by the representatives of the Basque Government from Spain; Miguel Burzako, Cabinet Member, Ibone Bengoetxe, Deputy Mayor, and Gemma Rojo, Assistant Mayor, while the Indian delegation comprised of Professor Dipankar Gupta Distinguished Professor & Director of C-PACT, Professor Shubhashis Gangopadhyay, Economist and Director, SHSS among others. The two delegations met Ashish Khetan, vice chairperson of Delhi Dialogue Commission (DDC) and apprised him of the initiatives taken by Bilbao city regarding urban rejuvenation and governance. Their discussions focused on river front management, waste management, preservation of culture, air and water pollution among other issues. The DDC formed by the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi has drawn up a 15-point agenda on developing the Capital on various fronts. A delegation of experts from the Spanish town of Bilbao, which was ravaged by floods in 1983 and has since been rebuilt, shared its views on urban rejuvenation with the recently-appointed Delhi Dialogue Commission (DDC) on Tuesday, while laying emphasis on local-level initiatives for urban planning and zoning. The workshop enabled experts from Spain and India to exchange ideas and urban experiences in Bilbao and Delhi. Experts emphasised the need for giving priority to mobility and public transport in cities. The discussions concluded with an emphasis on the need for local-level initiatives, creation of public spaces and better pollution control.