Hyderabad - mega city of tomorrow

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Sustainable Holistic Approaches and Know-how Tailored to India
2005 - 2007
German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
  • European Institute for Energy Research (EifER), Karlsruhe
  • University of Karlsruhe
  • French-German Institute for Environmental Research
  • Institute of Aquatic Environmental Engineering Department of Applied Geology
  • Institute of Urban and Regional Planning, Lab for Planning in a global Context
  • Institute for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing University of Trier
  • Urban, Environmental and Planning Sociology
  • University of Witten Herdecke in Cooperation with Hohenheim University
  • German Competence Centre for Sustainable Development
  • Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment, Berlin
  • German Remote Sensing Data Center,
  • German Aerospace Center (DLR), Wessling
  • PTV Traffic Mobility Logistics AG, Karlsruhe
  • ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
  • ASCI - Administrative Staff College India
  • Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad
  • Hyderabad Urban Development Authority
  • Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board
  • Regional Transport Authority
  • AP Transco
  • Central Power Distribution Company of Andhra Pradesh
  • Municipal Administration and Urban Development Department


Co-ordinated by the European Institute for Energy Research (EIfER - University of Karlsruhe) and the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI - Hyderabad), a inter-disciplinary consortium of German and Indian research institutions as well as of regional and local Indian authorities has been established. The aim of SHAKTI is to conjointly formulate and implement integrated projects and fostering solutions for sustainable development of Hyderabad as a mega city of tomorrow.

Hyderabad the capital of the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh is a sprawling metropolis and cosmopolitan city with a population of 5.752 million in 2001 and a current growth rate from 2.42 percent. Dotted with major industries, public sector enterprises, central research and training institutions, universities and professional colleges, it has emerged as a knowledge hub making rapid strides in information technology ("Cyberabad"), biotechnology, medical care and tourism.

First targets for future development are already set in Hyderabad’s master plan and in the "City Development Strategy". Still, additional research and technical know-how transfer for the implementation process is needed. The overall objective of SHAKTI is to address the current and future challenges Hyderabad is facing by simultaneously providing applicable solutions with associated strategies, action plans for implementation as well as business models integrated in a long-term sustainable development perspective. The priority setting of problems to solve will be primarily based on on-site knowledge of the Indian partners. Methods and actions of problem solving will be worked out conjointly.

The main areas pointed out from the city authorities and our Indian research partners lead to three overall goals:

  • Concepts, strategies and instruments to cope with growth
  • Sustainable solutions for technical urban infrastructure (energy, water, transport)
  • Integration of a collaborative learning and planning processes

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* SHAKTI: Hindi for power, force, capability


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