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German delegation briefed on Smart Cities projects

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The Hindu      21.07.2016   

German delegation briefed on Smart Cities projects

Warm welcome:Mayor P. Rajkumar greeting German Ambassador to India Martin Ney on Wednesday. Commissioner K. Vijayakarthikeyan is in the picture.—Photo: S. Siva Saravanan.
Warm welcome:Mayor P. Rajkumar greeting German Ambassador to India Martin Ney on Wednesday. Commissioner K. Vijayakarthikeyan is in the picture.—Photo: S. Siva Saravanan.

The civic body officials on Wednesday shared details of its proposed projects under Smart Cities to a visiting German delegation led by Ambassador Martin Ney.

Sources in the civic body said that the Commissioner made a detailed presentation on the area-based development project – cleaning and development of eight tanks and the pan-city project – smart street poles.

The delegation, that included representatives of German industries, funding agencies and trade bodies, spoke in general about possible areas of cooperation.

Mayor P. Rajkumar said that only broad areas of collaboration were discussed and specifics did not come up at all. “I can tell you that we did not discuss numbers.”

Officials said that the delegation spoke about the country’s understanding with India, how it had funded projects in other states and Tamil Nadu, in particular. The team also expressed its desire to have a long-term understanding with Coimbatore.

Coimbatore had just inked a twin-city understanding with the German city, Esslingen.

Mr. Rajkumar added that the Wednesday’s visit would pave the way for serious discussion among participating agencies for implementing the Smart Cities project.

Earlier, Corporation school students gave a warm welcome to Mr. Ney and his team.

 

Germany ready to fund projects in Coimbatore

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The Hindu       21.07.2016 

Germany ready to fund projects in Coimbatore

Germany is ready to fund development projects in Coimbatore, said the country’s Ambassador Martin Ney on Wednesday.

Addressing reporters after meeting Mayor P. Rajkumar and Corporation Commissioner K. Vijayakarthikeyan here, Mr. Ney said that said if the Corporation forwarded proposals for the projects it planned to start this October, Germany would be willing to consider extending financial support.

The Corporation could, therefore, approach the Central Government so that it was brought on table during the inter-government negotiations.

The Ambassador, who led a 10-member delegation, said that he had met Chief Minister Jayalalithaa. And he was in Coimbatore, one of the three Smart Cities that Germany was collaborating with. The other two were Bhubaneswar and Kochi.

Mr. Ney said that Germany and Tamil Nadu had strong links as in the past seven years his country had granted three loans worth Euro 265 mn to fund 30 urban development projects. Of those, a few had been implemented in Coimbatore as well.

Germany had also given Euro 76 million to the Tamil Nadu Transmission Corporation under green energy cooperation.

As for helping Coimbatore in the Smart Cities project, he said that Germany had expertise in smart and intelligent transport and waste water management. The German expertise went back to 1972 when the country was preparing for the Munich Olympics. It took the transport underground and cleaned its rivers, including Rhine. During his interaction with Mr. Karthikeyan, there was a mention of developing smart and intelligent transport in the city. German companies had also developed technical expertise in those areas.

Members of the Germany Embassy in New Delhi, funding agency KfW, Bosch, German Water Partnership, Siemens, TUV SUD South Asia and Fraunhofer Office, India, were also present.

 

Mettupalayam to get UGD

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The Hindu      08.07.2016  

Mettupalayam to get UGD

Mettupalayam Municipality a few days ago passed the resolution that will help the town get an underground sewerage system and stop flow of sewage into River Bhavani. According to municipal chairman D. Satheesh Kumar, the civic body will implement the scheme at over Rs. 80 crore in all the 33 wards.

The civic body had prepared the underground drainage (UGD) project keeping in mind the sewage to be generated in 2047 and the then population – 9.40 million litres a day and 8.36 lakh people respectively.

The implementation of the UGD project would not only help the Mettupalayam Municipality but also a number of local bodies that were dependent on River Bhavani as their water source.

At present, the town generated four to five million litres sewage a day at 110 litres per capita a day basis.

Mr. Kumar said that the civic body would take up the project with help from an international funding agency and the State Government. Its contribution would be around Rs. 9 crore. The Municipality would lay 75,642 km pipelines and built 3,169 manholes. It would also build seven lifting stations and provide connection to 12,000 households.

The collected water would reach the sewage treatment plant that the Municipality would build on the land housing the municipal compost yard. It would go in for the modified sequential batch reactor technology.

The chairman added that the civic body also decided on the one-time deposit and monthly charges. The deposit would vary from Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 12,500 depending on the size of the establishment and water consumption and the monthly fee would vary from Rs. 100 to Rs. 160.

 


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