With the central government having finalised the names of 60 cities which will receive priority funding for Prime Minister Narendra Modi\u2019s 100 Smart Cities plan, state governments, municipal corporations and urban bodies are gearing up to ensure availability of basic framework and technology for the creation of smart cities. Recently, Pune Smart City Development Corporation (PSCDCL) signed a two-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) to leverage European smart city solutions for the Pune Smart City project. \u201cIt will give us valuable global perspectives on local issues, and will also empower our smart city initiatives through access to European Union standards of expertise, policy frameworks and also European funding bodies,\u201d said Kunal Kumar, Pune municipal commissioner and director of PSCDCL. As per the agreement, New Delhi-headquartered EBTC, which is constituted by the European Union (EU), will share real-time knowledge of technologies, solutions and best practices from Europe for the PSCDCL Smart City project. \u201cWe, at the PSCDCL, will identify the problem areas and inform the EBTC. They will provide access to technologies and solutions based on EU expertise and knowledge from governments, cities and the private sector,\u201d said Prerna Deshbhratar, additional municipal commissioner, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and CEO, PSCDCL. EBTC can offer access to EU policy frameworks, which could be used as templates for the Pune Smart City project. The EBTC can also introduce PSCDCL to EU funding agencies. It will act as a first point of contact for European government bodies, companies and funding agencies that approach the PSCDCL for various proposals, presentations, delegations and other initiatives. \u201cThe EBTC endeavours to support the governments and private sector involved in the smart cities mission in India with in-depth information and knowledge of available technologies, solutions and frameworks from Europe, by way of access to the innovation and legacy created in this field in European countries,\u201d said Poul V. Jensen, director, EBTC. PSCDCL, formed in March 2016 as a special purpose vehicle to implement the smart city initiatives in Pune, had already signed a five-year MoU with Global Compact Network India (GCNI) to prepare a framework of governance for smart city through compliance and procurement management as well as public private partnership module to develop Pune under the Smart Cities Mission.