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HindustanTimes Thu,21 Aug 2014

Infra projects: Singapore’s expertise to city’s rescue

Sayli Udas Mankikar , Hindustan Times  Mumbai, June 19, 2013
First Published: 02:03 IST(19/6/2013) | Last Updated: 02:05 IST(19/6/2013)

Having received flak for the delay in the Metro project and damage of utilities during roadwork among others, the state government has decided to get expert advice on infrastructure development from Singapore.

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Authorities such as the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, City and Industrial Development Corporation have been asked to identify infrastructure and other urban issues for which they need expert advice and training.  After the problem areas are identified, the government will sit with the advisers from The Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC) — an offshoot of the Government of Singapore created to share knowledge on livable and sustainable cities — to devise courses to train officials.

The decision was taken on Friday, at the meeting of the special task force for Mumbai transformation chaired by chief secretary JK Banthia. Representatives of the Singapore government and CLC participated in the meeting and gave suggestions on the way forward.

Water supply, housing, planning of urban growth, industrial infrastructure, roads, power and energy are some of the issues that the centre deals with.

“Our next phase of metro corridor is set to take off. We will take help from the experts on planning and operation. They also plan to devise special one-week training programmes for our officials,” said MMRDA commissioner UPS Madan, who attended the meeting. He said they would seek help from the centre on urban issues such as integrated transport development.

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“Singapore is a great success story in infrastructure development and governance. If we share our experience, seek expertise and learn from them, holistic planning for the city will become much easier,” said Narinder Nayar, chairman, Bombay First, an organisation of individuals from the private sector that has pushed for Mumbai makeover.


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