Gujarat to build 'Nano and GIFT city': Modi

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New Delhi, Apr 19 (UNI) The state administration would connect all of its villages with broadband facilities in next two months, besides building a Nano-city and Gujarat International Financial Tax city (GIFT) at Gandhinagar, Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi said today.

Inaugurating the 'Invest Gujarat' summit organised by Assocham in the capital, Mr Modi said the hundred storied nano city would have ultra modern facilities from human resources development to process houses for which the construction will shortly commence.

Mr Modi refused to give further details for the proposed Nano city and GIFT, however, added that since Gujarat has become number one IT power in entire Asia and number two in the world, it is committed to provide broadband facilities to all its villages in the next 65 days time.

''During the FY07-08, Gujarat has achieved an agricultural income of Rs 1,23,000 crore with an outstanding agricultural growth rate of 11 per cent as against an all India average agriculture GDP of around three per cent,'' Mr Modi said.

The agricultural income of Gujarat during 2001-02 was Rs 9,000 crore only and it flourished in the last five years with the income this year being Rs 35,000 crore. Today the situation is such that the state's farmers are making their transactions in the field, the Chief Minister added.

Mr Modi said the state has concentrated towards infrastructure, like water grid, pipeline network, IT network, port, rail and air network.

''Within a span of seven hundred days, the Gujarat laid a water pipeline measuring 1400 KM to supply drinking water to 800 villages.

Similarly the state would create petroleum pipeline network to ensure that entire Gujarat is connected with Gas pipeline network,'' he said.

The Chief Minister called upon Indian Incorporation to participate in Gujarat invest summit, schedule for January 12&13, 2009 and park its investment as in next few years the entire Gujarat and its coastal areas would not have an inch of land to absorb investment.


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