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PM for atomic power plant in Haryana

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday promised to consider setting up an atomic power plant and a medical college in Haryana.

india Updated: Apr 05, 2006 15:42 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday promised to consider setting up an atomic power plant and a medical college in Haryana.

"We will examine the possibility of making available additional power to Haryana from power projects in other states," Manmohan Singh said while laying the foundation stone of an elevated expressway here, about 60 km north of the national capital.

"As and when we move to the next phase of development of nuclear power, we will consider setting up an atomic power plant," he added.

The prime minister also promised to look at the possibility of establishing a medical college in the memory of the late Indian American astronaut Kalpana Chawla, who hailed from Karnal in Haryana, after a pointed request was made in this regard.

"We will also surely consider setting up a medical college named after Kalpana Chawla in collaboration with NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Agency)," he said.

The prime minister was in Panipat to lay the foundation stone of a 10-km stretch of the six-lane highway on National Highway 1, that includes an elevated 3.6 km section being built to decongest long distance traffic.

He also promised assistance for more infrastructure projects to help Haryana develop as one of the country's most advanced states.

"We will provide all possible assistance for the development of Haryana - its cities, towns and villages. We will assist Panchkula so that its infrastructure becomes comparable to Chandigarh," he said.

While lauding the agricultural sector in the state, which is among India's largest food producing regions, Manmohan Singh advocated higher productivity and movement up the value chain.

"It is now time for the state and its people to move to the next stage of development. You will need to diversify away from rice and wheat to horticulture and floriculture so that you have better incomes," he said.

"You need to have more industries which can provide high wage employment. You need new knowledge industries, which can take you to the cutting edge of development. For this, you will need to invest in high-class educational facilities.

"You have an extremely important advantage - as the neighbours of Delhi. You should capitalise on it and develop knowledge cities and other centers, which can link their prosperity to the growth of Delhi. Having excellent transport connections with the national capital will certainly help."

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Governor AR Kidwai were present at the function.