Himachal signs MoU with Singapore for development of smart township at Jathiadevi
SHIMLA- The Himachal government has signed a preliminary Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Singapore government for proposed development of a smart integrated township at Jathiadevi, near Shimla. The MoU was signed between HIMUDA and Asian Pacific Singapore Enterprise in the presence of Urban Development, Town and Country Planning & Housing Minister Sudhir Sharma during a meeting organized here today.
Presiding over the meeting of delegates of the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (SCE), government of Singapore and senior officers of the HIMUDA, Sudhir Sharma said development of a smart integrated township near the state capital was an ambitious project of the government which would go a long way in decongesting this highly populated city.
He said there had been ten time increase in the population of Shimla city, which was initially developed for 25 thousand people only resulting in congestion and over utilization of infrastructure. This was the high time for development of a smart integrated township outside the city having state-of-art social, physical, institutional and economic infrastructure.
He said HIMUDA has already acquired 32 hectare land for developing this township at Jathiadevi, near Juberhatti airstrip, which was connected by three national highways. The state would take the benefit of expertise of Singapore which had a huge experience of urban planning.
The preliminary MoU has been signed today for this project which will be expanded soon after detailed discussions between the two governments. The state is also looking forward to explore possibilities for expanding this MoU for more housing projects in the state as well,
the Minister said.
Mr. Kevin Chong, Director, Asia Pacific said SCE was very keen to assist HIMUDA in this project and the new township would be developed in a cost effective manner, smartly with Asian concept. He assured the township would be developed as per the expectations of the state government and taking into consideration the topography and other conditions of this hilly state.
Additional Chief Secretary, Urban Development, Town and Country Planning and Housing Smt. Manisha Nanda said TCP had eased the norms to facilitate the developers and Himachal was the first state in the country to provide online permissions. Similarly, a mobile app had also been launched to trap all the applications at one place, she added.
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