To avail technical assistance under integrated sustainable urban transport systems for smart cities in India,the State Government of Odisha has signed a note of technical cooperation with Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH India, Government of Federal Republic of Germany.
Under the agreement, GIZ will provide 4 million Euro technical assistance to three Smart Cities in India – Bhubaneswar, Coimbatore, and Kochi and their respective state governments.
The note of cooperation was signed by Prem Kumar Jha, Special Secretary in the Housing and Urban Development department; Krishan Kumar, Vice-Chairman of Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) and Sarah Habersack, project manager, GIZ in the presence of Minister for Housing and Urban Development Niranjan Pujari, Jurgen Thomas Schrod, deputy consul general, Federal Republic of Germany and Tanja Feldmann, cluster coordinator, sustainable urban and industrial development, GIZ India.
The prime objective is to improve planning and implementation of sustainable and integrated urban transport system and solutions.
Under this collaboration, the first activity would be to prepare a low carbon mobility plan (LCMP).
The State Government has constituted capital region urban transport (CRUT) by merging the transport special purpose vehicles (SPVs) of Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Puri, Khurda, Jatni and other adjoining areas, said the minister.
To place a sustainable public transport system in the Capital City, 200 AC and non non-AC are bring procured to augment the fleet system.