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India, Germany to collaborate on Mumbai Metro and solar energy projects: German official


Press Trust of India New Delhi
India and Germany will collaborate on Mumbai Metro and solar energy projects as part of a bilateral cooperation in energy and urban development sectors, a senior official of Germany's Ministry of Economic Cooperation said on Wednesday.
Talking to reporters here, Director General (Bilateral Cooperation) of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development Claudia Warning said, "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-motorisation," she said.
The government-to-government negotiations come after the visit of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to India earlier this month. She was on a two-day visit to the country for the 5th Indo-German Inter-Governmental Consultations to strengthen bilateral ties.
Seventeen agreements were signed between India and Germany in the fields of agriculture, maritime technology, ayurveda and yoga among others, during her visit.
Claudia Warning said, "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 centre. We are going to finance soil knowledge centre which is very important for small scale farmers," she added.

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First Published: Nov 27 2019 | 8:05 PM IST

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