World Bank preparing business plan for Haryana

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Chandigarh, Oct 13 (UNI) World Bank is preparing a business plan for Haryana and has decided to send a multi-sectoral team to the state for providing assistance in its various infrastructure projects.

This decision was taken in a meeting held at Washington between Haryana delegation led by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and World Bank officials for reviewing the Rs 12,648 crore project proposals for major infrastructural development of highways, water supply and sanitation and power in the State.

A team from World Bank would visit the state during the end of October to study the project for the improvement of state highways and creating high speed corridors which is in the advance stage of approval.

The project of Rs 5,888 crore (1177.60 million dollars) which aimed at the improvement of state highways and creating high speed corridors included up-gradation of 494 Km of state highways to four lanes, widening of 1033 Km of state highways and widening of major district roads to ten meters width.

The second proposal to provide civic amenities to 41 towns, mainly to improve the water supply, sanitation, sewerage, roads, streetlights, parks and solid waste management with a project outlay of Rs 2,957 crore (643 million dollars) was discussed in the meeting. The state government has already submitted this project to the Planning Commission for approval. The Bank assured that this project would be taken up on priority basis.

The third proposal for the renovation, modernisation and upgrading of power generation and strengthening of transmission and distribution system with an outlay of Rs 3803.37 crore was also discussed.

On the concern shown by World Bank officials in the environmental aspects especially for the Yamuna-Action-Plan and their stress on the recharging of surface and ground water resources, the Chief Minister apprised them that the state government had already initiated measures for recharging of the water bodies.

The approval for the new urban and industrial zones would be subject to 100 per cent recycling of water and 100 per cent harvesting of water in the buildings.

UNI

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