By Our Staff Reporter
Bhopal, Oct 02
The Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan held detailed discussions with the World Bank’s top officials at Washington DC on the first day of his visit on October 1 and sought cooperation for the ambitious development projects in various sectors. He was welcomed by Mr. Akihiko Nishio Acting Vice President South Asia Affairs.
The World Bank officials appreciated the Chief Minister’s positive development vision describing it the most suitable for sustainable development. They were also appreciative of Shri Chouhan’s approach to development dialogues saying that it is for the first time a Chief Minister of any Indian state himself is making presentations and opening development dialogues.
The World Bank officials highly appreciated the e-governance initiatives for sustainable transparency and guarantee of public service delivery. They said that such development initiatives can be easily replicated. The Managing Director World Bank Ms. Mulyani Indrawati assured cooperation and support from the World Bank. She said that proposals for financial support will be positively evaluated at different levels.
The World Bank’s top officials and sector heads looking after South Asia affairs with whom Shri Chouhan held a series of meetings included Ms. Tamar Manuelyan Atinc – Vice President, Mr. Amit Dhar – Sector Manager South Asia Human Development and Education, Mr. Hiroshi Saeki- Human Development Officer South Asia, Ms. Jill Armstrong -Country Programme Coordinator India, Mr. M.N. Prasad – Executive Director, India-World Bank, Ms. Rachel Kyte -Vice President Sustainable Development, Director Sustainable Development South Asia, Mr. Jack Stein – Director Infrastructures and Water, Mr. Jose Luis Irigoyen – Regional Industry Director Infrastructure and Natural Resources South Asia Ms. Anita George.
The Chief Minister in his presentation informed the World Bank officials about development projects in water resources, water supply in urban and rural areas, establishment of public service centres, renewable energy projects, women and child development, higher education projects and Narmada-Malwa Lift Irrigation and Water Supply Projects.
Shri Chouhan said that Madhya Pradesh is the fastest growing Indian state. He said that the pace of development can be further accelerated with the World Bank financial support.
The Chief Minister also apprised the World Bank officials of the development strategies Madhya Pradesh has adopted.
He listed some novel initiatives like agriculture cabinet, agriculture budget, inclusive growth of urban areas, urban governance and infrastructure building.
He also discussed the strategies in rural development, health, women and child development and women empowerment, social security, good governance practices and e-governance.
Giving details about the development scenario in Madhya Pradesh, Shri Chouhan said that human development indices have improved impressively. Remarkable progress has been visible in key sectors like water resources, power generation, agriculture, storage capacity building, horticulture, surface connectivity and health, he added.
The Chief Minister had discussions on expansion of Madhya Pradesh Water Sector Restructuring Project, which he said requires additional financial support of 181 million US dollar. He also urged to expand Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project upto 2016-17 and sought 60.19 million US dollar assistance.
Shri Chouhan apprised the World Bank officials about ambitious plan of providing piped water supply to all urban cities in coming ten years. This project he said will cost 300 million US dollar. Madhya Pradesh will arrange 200 million US dollar from its own resources.
Shri Chouhan held discussions on mega urban development projects like urban roads and metro rail project, that would require 300 million US dollar. He said that Madhya Pradesh would manage 200 million US dollar under CM’s Urban Infrastructure Development Project. Similarly, he discussed 180 million US dollar –rural road development project saying that it would improve road connectivity in rural areas. He also sought support for establishment of a network of Public Service Delivery Centres and equipping them with adequate IT enabled infrastructure. The solar, wind, small irrigation and bio mass energy projects were also discussed. In addition, 1082 million US dollar projects for women and child development and 480 million US dollar projects for higher education infrastructure building and introducing vocational courses were also discussed in detail.
Narmada-Malwa Drinking Water Project
The Chief Minister elaborated why Narmada-Malwa Drinking Water Project is important for the people living in Malwa region of the state. He said that it will provide irrigation and drinking water in 3000 villages and 70 towns in the region. This project will not only generate 1000 MW power but also ensure irrigation on 16.8 lakh acre command area. He said that this would entail a cost of 3600 million US dollar.