Indo-German MOU signed for technical cooperation for affordable housing
An Indo-German memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed on Friday for technical cooperation under the sustainable urban development programme and smart cities in India. The German contribution to the project is up to 8 million euros and the project will be for a duration of three years.The 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.
The agreement was signed between Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Government of India and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, India on behalf of the Government of Federal Republic of Germany in the presence of Hardeep Singh Puri, union minister for housing and urban affairs and Dr. Martin Ney, the German Ambassador to India.
The agreement was signed by Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, additional secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and Annette Röckel, Deputy Country Director and Tanja Feldmann, Cluster Coordinator, Sustainable Urban and Industrial Development, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH India.
The technical cooperation measure will support approaches for sustainable urban development 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, Puri said.The Sustainable Urban Development Programme – Smart Cities in India project is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and jointly implemented by the ministry of housing and urban affairs and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).