COIMBATORE: The German ambassador to India, Martin Ney on Wednesday discussed the smart city project with corporation commissioner K Vijayakarthikeyan and city mayor P Rajkumar here. Speaking to reporters, Martin Ney said Germany would partner with Coimbatore for the smart city project by not only funding projects but also sharing technologies.
Martin Ney said they discussed four topics related to the existing cooperation between the state (Tamil Nadu) and his country. “Germany has given Tamil Nadu a loan of 265 million Euros in the past seven years and these funds have been used for more than 30 projects such as underground drainage system and storm water drains. Under Indo-German Green Energy Corridors, our financial corporation has sanctioned 76 million Euros to Tamil Nadu Transmission Corporation Limited. Our technical corporation has also decided to help Coimbatore develop sustainable and effective transport system. The fourth point is to fund and support Coimbatore to become a smart city,” he said.
Martin Ney had on Tuesday met the chief minister, J Jayalalithaa. “I met the chief minister and we spoke about our support to the state. She has assured us cooperation in making Coimbatore a smart city. We also met the urban secretary and chief secretary to the government and discussed the smart city project and various business propositions,” Martin Ney said.
Vijayakarthikeyan, meanwhile, said the first meeting of the Coimbatore Smart Cities Limited would be held in a few weeks’ time. “We have begun preparing the agenda and we will begin the discussions soon,” he said. He also briefed the delegation about the smart city proposal and stated that intelligent transport system and development of eight city lakes were the main part of the proposal.
Since Germany’s process of becoming a ‘smart city’ began half a century back, Ney said, they have developed effective technologies that could be used for Coimbatore as well. “Our lakes and transport systems were also a major issue for us and we have come up with technologies to solve these issues. We have asked the Coimbatore corporation to finalise the areas for which they need our support and submit it to the central government. When the two countries discuss bilateral economic cooperation in October this year, these topics would be discussed,” Ney said.
The German government would help three Indian cities in the smart city project. The delegation included Syed Ibrahim, director of GI Zentrum; Annett Baessler from German Embassy, New Delhi; S Raj, director of IGCC; Hubert Reilard, president of IGCC; Usha Rao of KfW; Dhiraj Wali of Bosche; Nirmal Humbad of Dorsch group; Adi Bhujle of German water partnership; Ashok Swaminathan of Seimens; J K rajan of TUV SUD South Asia private limited; and Anandi Iyer, director of Fraunhofer office, India.
Credits ET Realty