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Singapore to draft detailed land use and concept plans for PMRDA

MoU signed to develop Pune as growth engine of Maha in the next 20-30 years, says Fadnavis

pune Updated: May 17, 2018 17:19 IST
Nadeem Inamdar
Nadeem Inamdar
Hindustan Times, Pune
Pune,Singapore,PMRDA
The MoU was signed in the presence of Devendra Fadnavis, Maharashtra chief minister, and S Iswaran, minister-in-charge of trade relations, government of Singapore, at the Sahyadri guest house in Mumbai on Wednesday. (HT PHOTO)

Pune metropolitan region development authority (PMRDA), on Wednesday, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with international enterprise Singapore (IES) for developing a concept plan for the Pune metropolitan region, covering an area of 7,357 sq km, for the next 50 years.

The agreement stipulates that the government of Singapore will nominate one of their prominent entities to prepare and draft a concept and detailed land use plan for key growth centres in the Pune metropolitan region. Subsequently, they will also develop demonstrative centres which are intended to serve as models for the future development of similar centres in Maharashtra. A joint working group will also be setup, which will include members from both the governments and will ensure that the projects enlisted are implemented in a time-bound manner.

The MoU was signed in the presence of Devendra Fadnavis, Maharashtra chief minister, and S Iswaran, minister-in-charge of trade relations, government of Singapore, at the Sahyadri guest house in Mumbai.

Speaking on the occasion, Fadnavis, said, “The agreement is a historic milestone in bilateral relations between the two countries. In the past 50 years, Mumbai was the growth engine of Maharashtra. Now, in the next 20-30 years, the role will be donned by Pune. Therefore, we have entrusted the work of collating a master plan for the Pune metropolitan region to Surbana Jurong, who are global experts in the sector.”

According to the chief minister, the initiative focuses on the planned development of Pune metropolitan region for the next 50 years. “A concept plan will be prepared within six months and a detailed land use plan will be charted out in 10 months. Various discussions were also held for collaboration between the two countries in urban infrastructure, aviation and industrial development,” tweeted Fadnavis.

“Singapore is a small country with limited resources and therefore, we partner with selected countries to facilitate development in both countries. The government of Singapore and Maharashtra share core values of transparency and efficiency. We will start with the master plan of Pune metropolitan region, but will soon expand our work horizon to the airport and housing sectors,” Iswaran said.

Pune’s guardian minister Girish Bapat was also present during the signing of the memorandum of understanding.

Kiran Gitte, chief metropolitan commissioner, PMRDA, said that the authority will get a new and updated model of development through the initiative. “Under the guidance of chief minister Fadnavis, we are all poised to achieve bigger and greater milestones of growth and prosperity in our region,” he said.

First Published: May 17, 2018 17:18 IST