Ambassador Ney visits Bhubaneswar on smart city plans

A German high-level delegation led by Ambassador Dr. Martin Ney held discussions in Bhubaneshwar about the Odisha capital’s smart city plans on 8 July 2016. They met with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Governor Dr. SC Jamir as well as Housing and Urban Development Minister Pushpendra Singh Deo.

Germany wants to give a push to the planned makeover of Bhubaneshwar under the Smart City program of the Indian Government. It has selected the capital of Odisha in addition to Kochi and Coimbatore for special German support. Bhubaneshwar’s connection to Germany reaches back into the 1950s when German architect Otto Königsberger – who had found refuge in India during the Nazi period in his home country - laid out the plan for the city.

Ambassador Dr. Ney said: “German companies are interested in the smart city projects and will bring in both technology and expertise. The Federal Republic of Germany plans to invest around 320 million Euros for urban development in India including  in the three cities in India under the smart city mission”. He added “ Germany already supports the Odisha Urban Infrastructure Development Fund with 52,5 Mio Euros in close cooperation with the Government of Odisha”

Germany plans to focus its cooperation on climate resilience and low-carbon development, such as support for local non-motorized transport. The projects, which still need to be defined and finalized, will be financed through KfW, Germany’s leading development bank and long-standing partner of India.