Nagpur: The Council General of Singapore Ajit Singh visited Nagpur Municipal Corporation on April 15, 2015 at 10 am. Mayor of Nagpur city Praveen Datke and Nagpur Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar welcomed Council General of Singapore Ajit Singh with sapling of Tulsi and floral bouquet.
Chairman of Standing Committee Ramesh Shingare, Leader of Ruling Party Dayashankar Tiwari, Chairman of Establishment and Public Works Sandeep Joshi, Senior Corporator Sunil Agrawal were also present on the occasion.
A programme was held in the Conference Hall of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Main Administrative Building of NMC. Prominently present for the programme were Deputy Municipal Commissioner R R Siddiqui, Deputy Municipal Commissioner Pramod Bhusari, Executive Engineer Prakash Urade, Executive Engineer Madan Gadge, Works Engineer Mahesh Gupta, Deputy Engineer Rajesh Gurmale and others.
In his inaugural address, Nagpur Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar made a detailed presentation to the guests through a Power Point Presentation. This presentation described the various Schemes and Projects, the on-going projects which will be on for the next 30 years, the expenditure involved in completion of the on-going projects, the projects which they have envisioned and will be undertaken by Nagpur Municipal Corporation for Nagpur city.
To surmise, Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar explained about the two successful projects undertaken by Nagpur Municipal Corporation, viz. Uninterrupted 24X7 drinking water supply, and the recycling or reutilization of water project.
The Council General of Singapore Ajit Singh after praising the successful running of various development projects of Nagpur said that he is visiting some of the important cities in India and are exploring opportunities to help in various developmental projects. He added that Singapore have a regional office in Mumbai.
Ajit Singh said that they are doing a research on how they could get an opportunity to be involved in various development projects in six states in India. Ajit Singh claimed that nearly 8% of Singapore citizens are of Indian origin and are holding important positions. He added that Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, Chief Justice, and other important positions are occupied by citizens of Indian origin.
Ajit Singh added further that Singapore can help India in various Urban Planning Solutions, Tourism etc by their technical experts. He claimed that Singapore has already started a water-treatment centre in Pune. In order to establish a cordial relationship with India, Singapore has undertaken the following projects.
An International Mayor’s Conference in Singapore, Centre for Live able city, Leadership Programmes is undertaken every year. Ajit Singh extended his invitations to Mayor of Nagpur City and Municipal Commissioner for these conferences. He added that Singapore should register itself for the all-round development of Nagpur City. Ajit Singh claimed that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis too is committed for the development of Nagpur city.
Mayor of Nagpur city Praveen Datke utilized this opportunity and proposed for technical expertise and financial aid for the smooth completion or execution of Nag River cleaning project, establishment of water-harvesting projects, efficient and smooth traffic control projects in Nagpur city.
This was followed by Nagpur Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar claimed that if Nagpur city gets technical expertise from Singapore, it will certainly be beneficial for Nagpur city. Hardikar also appealed to share their knowledge base for an efficient Transport Orient Development (TOD) and for skill development which can be inculcated in Nagpur University.
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