The Uttaranchal government has drawn up an ambitious development plan to be completed over the next ten years, Additional Chief Secretary M Ramachandran today said.

 

Participating at ”Meet the Press” programme here Mr Ramachandran said for speedy development of this hill state huge funds would be required and the state government had to get in touch with the international funding agencies.

 

He said as the State Government could not approach these agencies without Central clearence, it had submitted a number of development projects to the Central Government underlining the importance of external funding.

 

The Centre after studying the proposals had given a green signal to the State Government for negotiating with the external funding agencies, he said.

 

Mr Ramachandran said the State Government had approached the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for funding a number of proposals and negotiations were at a final stage and the Memorandum of Understanding was expected to be signed between the ADB and the State Government by August.

 

He said accordingly, the ADM will be providing around 400 million dollars to Uttaranchal Government for a number of development projects, he added.

 

He said the State Government was aiming to electrify all villages in the State by 2007 and all homes by 2009. Apart from this around 150 to 200 Million dollars would be required for the creation of new urban centres in the State.

 

He said to further develop the tourism sector in the State, the government had decided to provide a Helicopter hanger facility at Gochar. This would not only boost tourism in the State but also improve the connectivity, he added.

 

Mr Ramachandran further said that State Government was holding discussions with varous agencies and departments for the setting up of a 300 M W gas based power plant at Haridwar. This would cater to the needs of the Haridwar based industrial units.

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