Germany to smarten three cities

Tue, 2016-03-15 12:46 -- SCC India Staff

Dr Martin Ney, Germany's Ambassador to India

Germany will help develop Bhubaneswar, Kochi and Coimbatore in their journey to become Smart Cities. This was revealed by Gunther Adler, state secretary in Germany’s ministry for environment, nature conservation, building and nuclear safety. All three cities are on the list of the government’s first Smart Cities list. Earlier, Germany had set up a six-member joint panel (after India had invited the European powerhouse to do so) with Indians on board to identify the list of cities that the western country would support in their transformation into smart cities. Adler said that Germany would form Public Private Partnerships (PPP) to develop these three cities.

The joint panel set up to transform the identified cities for development has two representatives of the Urban Development Ministry, one member from the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, and three representatives from Germany.

The German building ministry will support German companies who want to cooperate intensively with Indian partners in order to assist Indian cities in implementing the Smart Cities plan.

According to a German official, Berlin would be an ideal partner with India for developing smart cities. That’s because Germany has intensive experience in transforming the cities in erstwhile East Germany after the country’s reunification in 1990.

Germany comes on board with extensive experience in various fields related to smart cities, such as sustainable urban mobility, water and waste-water management, renewable energies and energy efficiency.

Reports quote German Ambassador to India Dr Martin Ney saying that Germany is an ideal partner in India’s mission to create smarter cities as the European country is very strong at smart planning for urban centres. The Ambassador said that Germany had experience in all fields crucial to the transformation of urban centres into smart cities.

Ney further said that Germany has developed the technologies to make life in cities easier and German companies have developed smart solutions to make smart cities.