India and Germany ink Joint Declaration on Sustainable Urban Development

Mr Kamal Nath, Minister of Urban Development and Dr. Peter Ramsauer, German Minister for Transport, Building and Urban Development today signed a Joint Declaration in the field of Sustainable Urban Development in New Delhi. Dr. Peter Ramsauer is leading a high level German business delegation to India.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Kamal Nath stressed upon the immense challenges and opportunities in the Urban sector in India. He informed that the Government of India is likely to launch the next phase of the Urban Renewal mission shortly with an allocation of around USD 40 billion over the 12th Five Year Plan period. The Government of India is keen on encouraging PPP in the urban sector especially in the larger cities. Minister Nath also informed the German delegation of the major thrust of the Government towards the development of Metros in the major cities across the country and invited the German companies to participate.

Minister Kamal Nath stated that both India and Germany would benefit from the Joint Declaration, as it would provide an enabling platform for the officials, professionals and business leaders to meet and share knowledge and best practices in the urban sector. He expressed hope that this joint declaration will lead to enhanced cooperation and deepen the engagement between the two countries.

The Joint Declaration envisages - Promoting discussion and strategies on integrated policies and principles for urban development and revitalization in the two countries; and fostering fair, equitable and sustainable urban communities in the two countries and the ideals of a democratic society with equal opportunity for all.

The declaration focuses on analysis of integrated urban and regional policies relevant to the development and redevelopment of cities, metropolitan communities and rural areas in a broader framework with coordination of spatial, sectoral and temporal aspects; ways to foster the design and development of sustainable communities through integrated and inter-governmental partnerships in a federal system, with particular attention to transit-oriented development planning and finance; Public-Private sector investment partnerships, particularly in regard to sustainability and the revitalization of cities in transition in Germany and fast growing cities in India; urban land use, including green space planning, temporary greening, brown field rehabilitation, as well as the quality of public spaces, urban man-made landscapes and architecture and their role as locational factors.

The bilateral work under this Declaration is to be jointly led by the Ministry of Urban Development of India and Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development of the Federal Republic of Germany. Senior officials from Germany and India were present at the signing ceremony.

10 April 2012