Tamil Nadu’s smart city projects will now move faster at a different pace. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Germany assured that Indo-German pacts would boost the TN smart city projects further.
According to Secretariat sources:
“TN is looking forward to German technologies to execute smart city projects and for solutions in waste management, river restoration and green energy. A high-level team led by housing minister Udumalai Radhakrishnan, slum clearance board MD Shambu Kallolikar and housing secretary Dharmendra Pratap Yadav will be visiting Germany this weekend”.
In order to further strengthen infrastructure and housing policy, the state signed a MoU with the German government. The visit is a follow-up to the Indo-German ties.
Housing Secretary, Dharmendra Pratap Yadav, informed that a one on one meeting with German ministry officials has been scheduled next week.
Several funding institutions, including KFW and GIZ, are not only funding but also technically supporting various projects in TN, including Chennai. Moreover, GIZ is working with the housing ministry of Tamil Nadu and is associated with projects like Smart City, Skill India and Clean India.
“The state is also looking towards German technology in a bid to address urban planning and clean energy-related issues,” said a top official.
Secretariat Sources added, “ Solar Energy is also a subject where the state is looking for joint ventures with Germans. TN officials will leave for the Regional Congress on smart city projects in Germany and will return by the second week of June. More than 1,000 experts in urban planning, energy, economics and governance are to attend the event”.
Also, KFW will be funding Chennai’s third desalination plant. It has also been supporting the Chennai mega city project to strengthen storm water drains.