The Partner City Affiliation Agreement between Varanasi and Kyoto was signed during the visit of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to Japan during August – September, 2014. This agreement referred to culture, art, academics, heritage conservation and city modernization as potential areas of cooperation.
The Steering Committee will facilitate actions pertaining to:
1.Modernisation of Varanasi, including upgradation of water management and sewage facilities, waste management, urban transportation etc., drawing upon the Japan’s expertise and technologies;
2. Application of Japanese practices, techniques and management for conservation of rich heritage of Varanasi; and
3.Exchanges between Kyoto University and Banares Hindu University, as well as religious organisations.
Mayor of Kyoto Shri Daisaku Kadokawa is scheduled to visit India during the end of this months for further talks will all the concerned in this regard.