Singapore to prepare master plan for Pune Metropolitan Region
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To undertake massive infrastructure developments in the Pune Metropolitan Region, the Maharashtra Government has tied up with an agency of the Singapore government named as Surbana Jurong. A MoU has been signed in this regard between Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Singapore minister-in-charge of trade relations S Iswaran two days back.

Apart from them, PMRDA’s metropolitan commissioner Kiran Gitte, officials from the urban development department, and guardian minister Girish Bapat were also present for the signing of the MoU.

As per the MoU signed between Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) and International Enterprise Singapore (IES), the agency will prepare a concept plan for the next 50 years. It will also work on the development of demonstrative centres in the region.

Speaking on the occasion, Maha CM Devendra Fadnavis said, “In the last 50 years, Mumbai was the growth engine of Maharashtra, and in the next 20-30 years, this role will be played by Pune. Surbana Jurong, a global expert, has been entrusted with the master plan of the Pune metro region.”

According to S Iswaran, the agency would start with Pune master plan but soon expand in the airport and housing sectors.

Giving more details about the MoU, PMRDA’s metropolitan commissioner Kiran Gitte said that the PMRDA was established in 2015 keeping in view the increasing population and industrial base. There are many gaps in the traditional approach of planning. Keeping all this in mind the agreement was signed. He also said that the draft will be prepared in 10 months and will be approved in next two years.

He further said that the master plan being prepared for the next 50 years will include residential areas for a projected population of 20 million, Logistics Park and container depots, water supply and solid waste management, connectivity to Purandar airport, giving a boost to tourism and increasing employment generation through the planning of new growth centres.

Apart from Maharashtra, Singapore is already helping Andhra Pradesh to develop its new capital city, Amaravati as well as other states like Assam, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh to develop skills centres.