The Germans have a close relation with the city as renowned German architect and town planner Otto Konigsberger designed the city in late Fifties.
BHUBANESWAR: The Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) on Friday gave a proposal of Euro 140 million (Rs 1046 crore) to German ambassador to India Martin Ney for developing a smart city here.
The Germans have a close relation with the city as renowned German architect and town planner Otto Konigsberger designed the city in late Fifties. After the city was accorded the smartest city status in the country, Germans have again been attracted to designing the city.
On Friday, Ney along with German embassy consul general (Kolkata) and business representatives of nine German companies held a meeting with Housing and Urban development (H&UD) minister Puspendra Singhdeo. The meeting was followed by a presentation, which was given by the Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited officials.
The BSCL told the German delegates that it wants development of streets, public bicycle sharing project, e-rickshaw project and city bus modernization. The proposal has mentioned the cost of the projects that the BSCL wants to implement with German investment. While development of streets will require Euro 106 Million, public bicycle sharing project is worth Euro 2.4 million. The e-rickshaw and modernization of city buses projects have been earmarked at Euro 32 million.
The German envoy said, “German companies will be interested in smart city projects and to bring in new technology and expertise. We have planned to invest around Euro 320 million in three smart cities including Bhubaneswar under smart city mission. We will have another round of meeting with Odisha government to finalise the projects”.
Ever since the city was accorded smart city tag, German delegates have shown keenness to provide technical assistance for smart city development. Earlier, a German team led by Wolfram Klein, head of division, South Asia (India), from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development visited the city. Klein had said Bhubaneswar showed the spirit to promote non-motorised transport, which is one of the objectives of smart city mission.
“The German delegation has evinced interest in several smart city related projects. But, we will prioritise street development, bicycle ride, public transport and e-rickshaw,” Singhdeo said.
Two weeks ago, the BSCL launched the ‘make your city smart’ contest to involve the citizens in designing the city’s roads, junctions and parks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched it at Pune during the celebration of first anniversary of launch of smart city mission.