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India, Germany inks MoU for Sustainable Urban Development programme & Smart Cities in India

India and Germany have inked MoU for “Implementation Agreement in Sustainable Urban Development and Smart Cities in India.

The Agreement was signed between Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, India on behalf of Government of Germany.

Key Facts

The objective of programme is to develop and apply concepts for sustainable urban development about provision of urban basic services and housing in selected cities and Smart Cities in India. It will also develop and apply concepts for provision of Urban basic services & housing in Smart Cities Technical cooperation to support approaches in integrated planning, affordable housing and basic services. The technical cooperation measure will support approaches for sustainable urban development in area of integrated planning, provision of affordable housing and basic services with particular focus on water, waste water and solid waste management and mobility.

Sustainable Urban Development Programme – Smart Cities in India’ project

The project is supported by German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and jointly implemented by MoUHA and GIZ India. It seeks to support India to achieve set target of promoting sustainable urban development under national urban missions and programmes such as Smart Cities Mission, linking with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No. 11 ‘Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable’.  The project will continue for duration of three years (starting from 2018 till December 2020) with German contribution to up to 8 million Euros.

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Housing Ministry and GIZ ink agreement with GIZ for sustainable transportation

The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has signed an implementation agreement with German firm GIZ GmbH for technical cooperation in implementation of transport projects in Coimbatore, Bhubaneshwar and Kochi. The main objective of these projects are to improve planning and implementation of sustainable urban transport.

Key Facts

Under this agreement, an amount of Euro 4 million (approximately Rs 29 crore) through GIZ will be envisaged for this purpose over a period of three years. The agreement was signed in line with Technical Cooperation enumerated by Government of Germany for Urban Mobility in India during Annual Negotiations and Consultations between India and Germany in 2015 which was later formalised with MoU between two governments encompassing this project. The project will give desired impetus in three major interventions proposed under Smart City Mission of MoHUA viz. ITS-based transport solutions, non-motorised vehicles and last mile connectivity.

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