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INDO - GERMAN COOPERATION : India and Germany share a long and strong partnership, and both have taken it to a whole new level. Further strengthening and expanding Indo-German cooperation, they have chosen sustainable urban development as a priority area. It’s great to have a technological powerhouse like Germany assist India in implementing green urban mobility solutions. After all, it has a lot of expertise in environment-friendly urban planning. Germany’s main objective is to work together with the Indian government to facilitate inclusive growth, reduce poverty and protect the environment. What’s Up, Germany? highlights several Indo-German transport projects and their impact.

In May 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed that sustainable urban development would be a major focus of bilateral cooperation between India and Germany. To this end, between 2017 and 2022, Germany will provide financial and technical assistance worth €1.6 billion towards sustainable development in India, especially in the transport sector.

Kochi Waterways Germany has been supporting India’s “Smart Cities Mission” in Kochi, Bhubaneswar and Coimbatore since 2016. It is already working towards modernising water transport in Kochi, which will subsequently be integrated with electric buses, pedestrian paths and bicycle tracks. The plan is to introduce 76 energy-efficient ferries that will carry 100,000 passengers daily and provide lastmile connectivity to the Kochi Metro. The German Development Bank KfW is giving financial assistance of €85 million for this project.

SMART-SUT In 2017, additional funding of €5 million was approved for the project SMART-SUT (Integrated and Sustainable Urban Transport Systems for Smart Cities) with a view to improve planning and implementation of integrated sustainable transport systems in Kochi, Coimbatore and Bhubaneswar. This project supports solutions for seamless mobility, including public transport, last-mile connectivity and nonmotorised transport, and strengthens agencies providing mobility services. The German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) will implement SMART-SUT together.

Nagpur Metro In 2016, KfW signed a loan agreement for €500 million in the presence of Ambassador Dr Martin Ney to co-finance the building of a modern and sustainable metro system in Nagpur. The Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MAHA-METRO) has already conducted trial runs, and the southern and western links of the metro should be operational by December 2018 and March 2019 respectively. That should help bring down the number of cars on the streets!

“Mobility is a crucial lever for safeguarding security, education, employment and political participation. To achieve our development and climate targets, we need a global transformation in the transport sector.” — Gerd Müller, German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation & Development

Indo-German Cooperation | Indo-German Transport Projects  

Germany assists India in implementing green urban mobility solutions. What’s Up, Germany? highlights several Indo-German transport projects...

Indo-German Cooperation | Indo-German Transport Projects  

Germany assists India in implementing green urban mobility solutions. What’s Up, Germany? highlights several Indo-German transport projects...

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