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Gurgaon to be Smart City, private participation critical: Manohar Lal Khattar

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New Delhi, 22 September 2015: Despite losing in the national competition Gurgaon will be developed as a Smart City with state funds, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced Tuesday at the 41st Skoch Summit.

Skoch Group, a think-tank headquartered in Gurgaon, will play an active role in the process, he said.

“Gurgaon will be a smart city. May be, we will not get the financial assistance from the Centre meant under the smart city programme… We will develop it from the state funds,” Khattar said.

The Chief Minister said considering the population of the state only two cities had to be chosen from Haryana in the 100 Smart City to be developed with the Central government assistance across the country. “Two of our cities have been selected. We will develop that. At the same time I assure you that Gurgaon will also be a smart city,” Khattar emphasised.    

However, he said the state would request for technical assistance from the Central government to make Gurgaon a smart city. He announced that Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu has agreed to provide the technical assistance in making Gurgaon a smart city.

Seeking private participation in the process, Khattar said Skoch Group would play an active role in the process of making Gurgaon a model smart city.

“We have a larger goal. First, let’s together make Gurgaon a smart city, then our target should be to make Haryana a Smart State,” said Sameer Kochhar, Chairman, Skoch Group.

The 41st Skoch Summit is organised in the national capital on the theme “Transformative Governance”. In the latest Skoch Smart Governance study, Haryana has made an impressive progress featuring in the top 10 performing states. Kochhar said Haryana’s ranking in Skoch Smart Governance report 2015 has jumped by 128 per cent when compared with the previous year. 

“Haryana ko Manohar Lal ji manohar banayege (Manohar Lal ji will make Haryana beautiful),” Naidu said lauding the progress of Haryana made under the stewardship of Manohar Lal Khattar. Naidu conferred the award to Khattar on the first day of the two-day Skoch Summit here.  

Elaborating on the Award, Kochhar said Haryana has emerged as amongst the top three performing states in both the areas of transport and finance. Seven projects from Haryana were conferred Skoch Order-of-Merit awards. Several of them are likely to be conferred Skoch Governance Award to be conferred on 23rd September. The awarded projects include CM Window Haryana, e-Disha, e-Pension and Implementation of Integrated Management Information System.

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