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Germany to develop Kochi, Coimbatore, Bhubaneswar as smart cities

By Ritika Bisht
In Governance Watch
March 9, 2016
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smart-citiesAfter Nottingham Germany has confirmed its role in helping India in its ambitious smart city project by developing Kochi, Bhubaneswar and Coimbatore as smart cities. “Germany would contribute to India’s smart city programme and will help develop the cities of Kochi (Kerala), Bhubaneswar (Odisha) and Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) as smart cities,” Gunther Adler, State Secretary in Germany’s Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety stated.

The three cities are among the 20 cities which were selected for first phase of the project in January this year. Germany had earlier set up a six-member joint committee with India to identify the cities which it could develop as smart cities.

German Ambassador to India Martin Ney said Germany is an ideal partner in India’s mission to create smarter cities as the country is “very strong at smart planning for urban centres”.

“We have developed the technologies to make life in cities easier. We have developed the processes to bring on board the stakeholders to make cities thrive and German companies have developed smart solutions to make smart cities,” he said.

Germany had already been engaged in various fields related to smart cities-such as sustainable urban mobility, water and waste-water management, renewable energies and energy efficiency, the Ambassador said. Germany is India’s second largest bilateral donor with a record commitment of 1.5 billion Euros agreed last year, Ney said.

Apart from Germany, India and the US have also agreed on formulating action plans for development of smart cities in Allahabad, Ajmer and Visakhapatnam.