India, Germany to collaborate in urban development New Delhi: India and Germany on Tuesday decided to promote bilateral cooperation in the field of sustainable urban development through exploration of solutions to problems of mutual concern and exchange of information. Official sources said a joint declaration to this effect was signed at a meeting between Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath and his German counterpart Peter Ramsauer. Following the understanding the two countries intend to develop cooperative programmes in fields related to research and policy planning issues on cities, they said. The two countries may work jointly in areas like making greater use of integrated urban development policy approaches, creating and ensuring high-quality public spaces and modernizing infrastructure networks and improving energy efficiency, the sources said. The two countries may also jointly pay attention to deprived neighbourhoods in cities as a whole and all other areas related to urban planning, they said.