Germany and India join hands for Smart Cities
The German Government in the year 2016 had announced its cooperation with India in transforming Coimbatore, Kochi and Bhubaneshwar into Smart Cities by supporting India in its ambitious ‘100 Smart Cities Mission.’ Enlarge image Indo-German Industry Roundtable (© Fraunhofer India)
In view of this bilateral cooperation, Fraunhofer Office India in coordination with Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation (CCMC) had organized an Indo-German Industry Roundtable in presence of the German Ambassador to India, Dr. Martin Ney and the Commissioner of CCMC, Dr. K. Vijayakarthikeyan on 27th November, 2017 in Coimbatore.
At the third Intergovernmental Consultation, held in Delhi in October 2015, Prime Minister Modi and Chancellor Merkel agreed to steer the strategic partnership between India and Germany into a new phase. They identified sustainable urban development as a key area of Indo-German cooperation. They also recognized the new opportunities that India’s Smart Cities Initiative presented. A joint Indo-German Working Group on Urbanization has been formed. Germany is lending support to three Indian cities: Bhubaneshwar, Kochi and Coimbatore.
Germany has provided loans amounting to 2,300 crore Rupees to the Tamil Nadu Urban Development Fund. These loans are used to finance sustainable urban development projects, including projects in Coimbatore.
Germany has much expertise when it comes to Urban Planning and Smart Cities. A strong industry and world-class research institutes are joining forces to find solutions for the city of tomorrow, be it in the fields of mobility, energy-efficiency or environmental technologies, to name just a few examples.
India and Germany are strategic partners. Germany has a lot to offer when it comes to creating smart and thriving cities. Building the cities of tomorrow is an enormous global challenge that India and Germany will tackle jointly. Smart City Innovation Lab Coimbatore is an important contribution in this regard.