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Hooda offers to create more Gurgaons in state

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, August 26, 2013
First Published: 21:35 IST(26/8/2013) | Last Updated: 21:36 IST(26/8/2013)

Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Monday assured global standard infrastructure, offering to set up more Gurgaons in the state.

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Hooda, who was addressing the inaugural session of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) event - Invest North 2013 - with focus on Haryana, in New Delhi on Monday asked industrialists to come forward with proposals for setting up more units in the state.

"Gurgaon is no less than Singapore and I am ready to create more Gurgaons in Haryana if industrialists come forward. The creation of global standard infrastructure is our priority," the chief minister told the gathering.

Hooda said they were constantly striving to improve connectivity, ensure adequate power and water supply, and create social infrastructure such as schools, hospitals and recreation centres.

The chief minister said the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway, when completed, would provide the state seamless connectivity. Along its 135-km route, theme hubs will be developed, Hooda said. "Several metro rail projects have been undertaken, including the extension of Delhi Metro to Gurgaon, Faridabad and Bahadurgarh. The Regional Rapid Transit System projects have been approved to connect Delhi-Gurgaon-Alwar and Delhi-Sonepat-Panipat."

Besides, there are other initiatives, including upgrade of national and state highways, new inter-city connectivities and intra-city transport.

Addressing industrialists, industries and commerce inister Randeep Singh Surjewala said the critics had jumped the gun by comparing the present-day economic meltdown to a 1991-like scenario.

"I know that with a rapidly declining rupee, downgrading of country's credit worthiness by certain private international credit agencies, flight of foreign-direct investment (FDI) and reduction in the growth rate to about 5%, prophecies of doomsdayers may sometimes appear partially true. Yet, I must say that it is our job as the government, both at the state and national level, to fix the engine, enhance the torque and enhance the BHP. But we finally look up to you and millions of other small, medium and large entrepreneurs to captain and propel the ship forward," Surjewala told entrepreneurs.

He said Haryana was the fastest urbanising state with a young skill trained population. "Proximity to Delhi is our strength but the biggest strength is the capacity of its people to assimilate. Haryana is home to nearly 1,000 national and multi-national companies.

We have surged ahead of not only counterpart states but also many Asian nations in terms of infrastructure creation, growth rate, investment translation and ease of doing business. In spite of being 1.6% of country's area and 1.19% of its population, Haryana contributes 3.4% of national gross domestic product (GDP)," the industries minister added.

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