Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan held wide-ranging discussions with government and industry representatives in the UK during his visit to-day visit to the country for strengthening trade and economic ties, especially in developing of smart cities.
The UK-based Purico Foundation has agreed to establish a skill development centre on a PPP model in the state. The foundation’s chairman Ramnath Puri met the CM during the latter’s visit to the United Kingdom earlier this week and proposed to establish a skill development facility under “the hub-and-scope” model after identifying suitable land near Bhopal and Indore before next month’s Global Investors Summit (GIS) at Indore.
Puri also agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding with the state government and has confirmed his participation at the GIS. The chief minister also held a one-on-one meeting with Magahi Tamilarasan of the Rolls Royce company and discussed investment possibilities in critical sectors, including defence technology and energy.
The company held discussions on development and investment possibilities in smart city projects in Madhya Pradesh besides exploring the possibility of setting up of a waste-to-energy generation plant through global tendering.
Chouhan also held discussion with Martin Sutherland and Robin Mackenzie of the De La Rue Company on setting up of a security paper mill and a research and development centre of identity software in Madhya Pradesh.
The CM told the duo that Madhya Pradesh was an ideal destination for investment for setting up of a security paper mill.
This apart, Chouhan also met the representatives from the Indo-UK Health Institute and proposed to establish a medical college, a nursing college and a multi-super speciality hospital in the state at the cost of `350 crore.
Representatives of the institute have assured to initiate the next step after identifying the land near Bhopal next week.
The chief minister held separate meeting with Tim Buxto, Norman Moltu and Prasad Bhav of the First Group on the public transport system run by the group in Britain and the US.
State urban development commissioner Vivek Agarwal informed the First Group team about the public transport system projects in Madhya Pradesh. Representatives of the First Group expressed their interest to participate in the projects.
Chouhan also discussed prospects of investment in Madhya Pradesh with representatives of JCB Philip Boveret. The CM assured the company of all possible help on the proposal. He visited the London River Front development work in Nine Elms and the restoration project at the Kings Cross station.