India, Germany Sign Agreement to Encourage Sustainable Urban Development

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On February 23, 2018, India and Germany signed an agreement for ‘Implementation Agreement in Sustainable Urban Development and Smart Cities in India’ in New Delhi.

The main objective of the programme is to develop and apply concepts for sustainable urban development about the provision of urban basic services and housing in selected cities and Smart Cities in India. The pact was signed between Union Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) India and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), on behalf of Germany. The agreement was signed in presence of Ranjan Mishra, Additional Secretary of Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry and Annette Röckel, Deputy Country Director and Tanja Feldmann, Cluster Coordinator, Sustainable Urban and Industrial Development, GIZ India. The Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri and the German Ambassador to India, Martin Ney were present at the event.

The agreement is said to aid the technical cooperation between India and Germany. It is further expected to assist sustainable urban development approaches in the field of integrated planning, provision of affordable housing and basic services with particular focus on water, waste water and solid waste management and mobility. It is expected to seek to attain the set goal of promoting sustainable urban development under the national urban missions/programmes such as Smart Cities Mission, linking with the Sustainable Development Goal No. 11, ‘Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable’. The German contribution to the project is up to 8 million EUR. The project will be worked upon a period of three years starting from 2018 until December 2020.

This is an essential project necessary for developing India. The project can be related to the transportation system an important aspect of urban development, which is elaborated in the Automotive and Transportation Market report published by Coherent Market Insights.

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