India and Germany have announced a collaboration on the development of the Mumbai Metro and a number of solar energy projects as a part of a bilateral cooperation program, involving the urban development and energy sectors. The news was disclosed by a senior official at the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation.
Claudia Warning, the Director General (Bilateral Cooperation) of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development addressed the press about the development saying: “Government-to-government negotiations were held on Wednesday and it was decided that 25 concrete projects related to energy cooperation and urban development would be carried out between the two countries. Germany has pledged an amount of 1.6 billion euros for projects in energy and energy efficiency and in natural resource management as well as in urban development and urban re-motorization.”
India and Germany Signed 17 Agreements
The negotiations between the two governments came following the recent visit by Chancellor Angela Merkel to India earlier in the month. She had visited the country for a two day period to attend the 5th Indo-German Inter-Governmental Consultations to strengthen bilateral ties.
Both governments signed 17 agreements between them which included deals in the fields of maritime technology, agriculture, yoga, and Ayurveda among others during this visit. Claudia Warning spoke about these agreements:
“We decided on concrete 25 projects in concrete areas where we would like to work together which is about working together for the next 3-5 years. One example is that we will be taking part in the Metro of Mumbai which is going to be erected very soon so we are going to finance this. We are also going to finance solar water plants for agriculture center. We are going to finance soil knowledge center which is very important for small scale farmers.”
She also stated that negotiations went amicably and smoothly, and that Germany was impressed by the bold targets set by the Indian government in the aim of tackling climate change: “India and we see a lot of joint interest and we see that the Indian government and the German government are very concern about climate change.”