Germany offers Rs 720 crore loan to build climate-resilient infra

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Germany has introduced a loan of Rs 720 crore (90 million euro) at a nominal rate of interest for a 'climate-resilient' reconstruction of delivery infrastructure in the flood-hit spaces in the state.

German ambassador Martin Ney, stated the loan could be equipped by means of German Development Bank KfW and discussion in this regard were already held with Union ministers.

Technical grant of Rs 24 crore (three million euro) may also be equipped for providing global expertise to the general public works department (PWD) in weather resilient infrastructure making plans to reconstruct roads and bridges.

The purpose is to rebuild roads and bridges in such a means that it would be able to resist calamities in long term, the ambassador stated.

Germany, he stated, has revel in in offering technical expertise on reconstruction of disaster-hit infrastructure because the country had tackled situations of flooding.

"The next step would be project appraisal and signing of loan agreement between KfW and the state government," he stated.

Germany will also grant Rs 940 crore (117 million euro) for Kochi's 'Water Metro' project. The project involves five known routes connecting 41 boat piers/jetties throughout10 island communities (about 500,000 inhabitants) with a 76km direction network. It will cater to the call for of about 1,00,000 passengers daily. The 'Water Metro' will probably be absolutely operational by means of 2020, he added.

On Indo-German building co-operation, Ney stated Germany has asway supported India in matters of building and India has replied well to German tasks.

On initiatives involving German cooperation with Kerala in the field of Energy, he stated the learn about on floating sun websites in Kerala (Karapuzha Reservoir and Malamphuza Dam) is in its ultimate level and the results will probably be available soon.

KfW will enforce the Rs 40 crore project on 'watershed building for rehabilitation of degraded soils and weather change adaption'. The project is part of German Initiative 'One World, No Hunger'. It will reduce the vulnerability of small-scale farmers to weather change in selected 43 watersheds via stabilization, enhancement and sustainable use of soil and water sources, he stated.

Earlier in the day, German ambassador referred to as on state governor P Sathasivam at Raj Bhavan, and conveyed him in regards to the Germany's proposed support.

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