District Collector P. Umanath, Mayor R. Venkatachalam and Coimbatore Corporation Commissioner Anshul Misha on Tuesday left for Esslingen am Neckar, a city in Germany to study urban development and explore various options in this area for tie-ups.
The Mayor and the officials are on a week's visit to the German city at the invitation of its administrators, including Mr. Venkatachalam's counterpart there.
One of the earliest trade centres on the route between Italy and Switzerland, Esslingen am Neckar will showcase options in industrial tie-up also. The Coimbatore Corporation said on Tuesday that the Mayor and officials of the German city would also discuss tie-ups for students', youth and cultural exchange programmes with Coimbatore city.
Local self- governance would be a key area of discussion during the visit. Both sides would present their models of self-governance. Each city would look at ways to adopt the best practices in the other.
Specifically, there would be detailed study and discussions on urban development. This was significant for Coimbatore in the context of its embarking upon a number of infrastructure development schemes under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.
Quite a number of other areas would be of immense interest to Coimbatore as the Corporation was already into implementing schemes such as solid waste management and environment protection.
Both basic and modern infrastructure would figure in the discussions and field visits. Traffic planning, which included proper road engineering and creation of related structures, would be another area of study.
With the Corporation already planning flyovers and mass rapid transit systems, the visit to the German city would help in bringing home some models of development in all these areas, civic body officials said.
Tentatively, September 10 had been fixed as the date for the signing of memoranda of understanding between the two cities in these areas.
But, there were also indications from the Coimbatore Corporation that the present trip might be restricted to the study of the projects. The signing of pacts might be done later.