India, Germany sign MOU to promote sustainable urban development

Feb 23, 2018 16:57 IST
India, Germany sign MOU to promote sustainable urban development

India and Germany on February 23, 2018 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for an ‘Implementation Agreement in Sustainable Urban Development and Smart Cities in India’ in New Delhi.

The agreement was signed between Union Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit(GIZ), India on behalf of Germany.

It was signed by Ranjan Mishra, Additional Secretary of Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry and Annette Röckel, Deputy Country Director and Tanja Feldmann, Cluster Coordinator, Sustainable Urban and Industrial Development, GIZ India.

The Union Minister of State (IC) for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri and the German Ambassador to India, Martin Ney were present at the occasion.


The main objective of the programme is to develop and apply concepts for sustainable urban development about the provision of urban basic services and housing in selected cities and Smart Cities in India.

Key Highlights

• The technical cooperation agreement between India and Germany is expected to support sustainable urban development approaches in the area of integrated planning, provision of affordable housing and basic services with particular focus on water, waste water and solid waste management and mobility.

• It will seek to achieve the set target of promoting sustainable urban development under the national urban missions/programmes such as Smart Cities Mission, linking with the Sustainable Development Goal No. 11 ‘Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable’.

• The German contribution to the project is up to 8 million EUR.

• The project will continue for a duration of three years starting from 2018 until December 2020.

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Other Details

• The Sustainable Urban Development Programme - Smart Cities in India’ project will be supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

• The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and Germany’s GIZ will jointly work on implementing its missions –

- The optimisation of the national orientation framework

- The dissemination of practice-proven approaches on sustainable urban development

• Besides this, the focus will be laid on integrated planning approaches for the three Smart Cities with the development of local innovations and pilot approaches pertaining to the provision of affordable housing and basic services within the three cities.

• Experiences and learning’s from previous technical cooperation measures in the area of the provision of housing and sanitation as well as solid waste management will also be integrated into the new project.

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