German team visit may boost Indore Smart City plan

  • Vinit, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Jun 07, 2016 20:09 IST
Germany is likely to extend technical support to Indore in designing and executing the Smart City project. (Pic for representation)

Germany is likely to extend technical support to Indore in designing and executing the Smart City project.

A delegation from the European nation is expected to visit Indore next month to study the topography and demographics of the city, said district collector P Narahari on Monday.

“A delegation from Germany is likely to visit India next month to study various aspects of the cities selected for Smart City development. They are likely to visit Indore too,” Narahari said.

Narahari was a part of an Indian delegation that visited Berlin, along with union minister for urban development M Venkaiah Naidu, to attend a three-day conference on India’s Smart City mission.

“Germany had expressed their interest in taking a couple of more cities apart from Kochi, Coimbatore and Bhubaneswar for extending help in Smart City development,” the district collector said.

Apart from this, Narahari said, the Germans are keen to take up urban mobility project in Indore to revive public transportation system in the city.

In addition, Germany’s KfW Development Bank had given an in-principle nod to provide 50 million Euros (approximately Rs 380 crore) for conducting research, preparing plans and overseeing execution of the Smart City projects they undertake.

A German organisation for international cooperation for sustainable development, GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft Fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit), has shown interest in contributing towards research and preparation of Smart City projects for Indian cities, said Narahari.

During the three-day conference, the delegates discussed different aspects of development of Smart Cities in various countries across the globe, some of which may be adopted in India too.

In March this year, Germany chose Kochi, Coimbatore and Bhubaneswar for extending their technical knowhow for the development of Smart City plans in these cities. However, after the conference, they are considering choosing a couple of more cities.

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