German Consul General visits Mayor of Kochi to discuss Smart City initiativeEnlarge image (© German Consulate)
German Consul General Ms. Margit Hellwig-Bötte met with the Mayor of Kochi Ms. Soumini Jain to discuss the Smart City Initiative. Germany is supporting Kochi in the Smart City project with the requisite technical and financial assistance. The Mayor and the Consul General agreed that "a city is smart when it improves the livelihood of the common man and woman!"
The Smart city intiative by German development bank KfW aims to connect the Kochi metro with the ferry metro and inland bus services. This integrated model of connecting the land and water projects can set an example for future smart city networks in Kochi. It will help to improve the lives of millions who spend a lot of time travelling making it an economical and environment friendly approach to the transport challenges in Kochi.
The Consul General also met with Elias George, CEO Kochi Metro Rail and head of the special purpose vehicle for Smart City-Projects. She was given a detailed brief on planning and timelines for the project. The team visited the Kochi Metro site.
During her visit to Kochi, Ms. Hellwig took the opportunity to meet the Chairman of the Spices Board and Maritime Products Association of Kerala and its members for an interactive session to discuss problems of exporting to the European Union. She opined "Kerala is no. 1 in producing spices, and Germany no. 1 in consuming them!"Enlarge image (© German Consulate)