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CM seeks Rs. 41k cr from World Bank

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Bhopal, October 03, 2012
First Published: 17:34 IST(3/10/2012) | Last Updated: 17:40 IST(3/10/2012)

Eyeing World Bank's financial assistance for several development projects in Madhya Pradesh, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan discussed several development projects, roughly worth Rs. 41,000 crore with WB authorities. Metrol rail project was one of the also projects.

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The development plans Chouhan discussed include expansion of water sector restructuring project ( word 181 million US dollar), expansion of dam rehabilitation and improvement project 2016-17 (60.19 million US dollar), piped water supply to all urban cities in the next ten years (300 million US dollar), urban roads and metro rail project (300 million US dollar), rural road development project (180 million US dollar), women and child development project (1,082 million US dollar), higher education infrastructure building and vocational courses (480 million US dollar), Narmada-Malwa drinking water project to provide drinking water and irrigation in 3,000 villages and 70 towns in the region besides 1,000 MW of power generation (3,600 million US dollar).

According to an official release, the World Bank officials assured that they would help the state in resource mobilisation and guiding it to get the financial support from other financial agencies that encourage development infrastructure building as certain WB aided projects are already under implementation in the state.

Chouhan held detailed discussions with the World Bank’s top officials in Washington DC and sought cooperation for the ambitious development projects in various sectors. He was welcomed by Akihiko Nishio, acting vice president South Asia affairs.

The World Bank officials appreciated Chouhan’s approach to development dialogues saying that it was for the first time a chief minister of any Indian state himself was making presentations and opening development dialogues.


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