BHOPAL: PPP Mode will be adopted to provide quality facilities to common people in the larger interests of Madhya Pradesh. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has said that this experiment can give direction not only to Madhya Pradesh but also entire country. Chauhan directed all departments with possibility of undertaking projects under PPP mode to chalk out practical and useful proposals after due consideration.

The Chief Minister was addressing a workshop on ” Accelerating Inclusive Growth in Madhya Pradesh through PPP” at Mantralaya here on Wednesday. Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa was also present. Chauhan said that apart from available resources, public- private partnership should also be adopted to make Madhya Pradesh the best state in the world.

Every department should take initiative towards this in right earnest. Chauhan directed that PPP mode- based plans should be chalked to construct express highway inter- linking state’s major cities and new industrial areas. Interests of poor families should be taken into consideration in power schemes under this mode.

He said that estimates for light metro or mono rail should also be chalked out under the mode for Jabalpur city in view of increasing population. Union Planning Commission’s Gajendra Haldia said that Madhya Pradesh is pioneer state in implementation of PPP projects. The state has presented best examples of transparent and better implementation of these projects before the country.

Madhya Pradesh is considered as a symbol of good governance in the country. The state has the potential of Rs. 2 lakh crore investments under PPP to provide major facilities to people by using limited financial resources of the state. In his presentation, he highlighted possibility of PPP mode projects in power, education, urban development, road, irrigation, storage, tourism, power distribution, slum development and other schemes.

Construction of Singrauli airport under PPP mode can also be considered. Senior officers of the departments concerned were present on the occasion. The workshop undertook point- wise discussions on possibilities of various departments.

CM no to privatisation of water supply

In the workshop, CM said that he was against privatization of water supply. He said that it was the responsibility of the government to provide clean drinking water to people. Effective steps have been initiated towards this end. He said that irrigation projects, however, can be implemented under PPP mode, though under terms and conditions stipulated by the government. MP has investment potential of Rs 2 lakh crore, workshop told

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