Pune: The Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) and International Enterprise Singapore (IES) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in which IES will prepare the draft concept plan and detailed land use plan of Pune Metropolitan Region (PMR) for next 50 years.
PMR region covers an area of 7,357 sq km. The MoU was signed in the presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations, Government of Singapore, S Iswaran at Sahyadri Guest House in Mumbai on Wednesday.
As per the agreement the Government of Singapore will nominate one of their renowned entities to prepare the draft concept plan and detailed land use plan for key growth centres of PMR region and subsequently develop demonstrative centres which are intended to serve as models for the future development of similar centres in Maharashtra. Similarly a joint working group(JWF) would be set up which would include members from both governments. The JWG would ensure that the development projects are implemented in a time-bound manner.
Speaking on the occasion, Fadnavis said the agreement is a historic milestone in bilateral relations between the two countries. “I am personally impressed by the governance values of Singapore. In last 50 years, Mumbai was the growth engine of Maharashtra. Now in next 20 to 30 years, Pune will drive the growth engine,” added Fadnavis.
Iswaran said the governments of Singapore and Maharashtra share core values of transparency and efficiency. “We will start with Master Plan of PMR and soon expand our work in airport and housing sectors,” added Iswaran.
Kiran Gitte, Metropolitan Commissioner and CEO of PMRDA said, “The Master Plan of development of PMR region is being prepared for next 50 years and will include residential areas for projected population of 20 million. As the industrial area in PMR is expanding it needs support of logistics park, container depot, water supply, solid waste management and connectivity to Purandar airport and other facilities. The Draft Master Plan will be prepared in next 10 months and will be finally approved in 2 years. This will act as a model development plan for the entire State.” Pune Guardian Minister Girish Bapat was also present.