Guj planning environment-friendly townships in coastal region

Gujarat CM Narendra Modi on Sunday said his government was planning to develop environment-friendly townships in the coastal region of the state and promised special schemes for developers who would participate in the initiative.

Last Updated: Oct 17, 2010, 18:14 PM IST

Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister
Narendra Modi on Sunday said his government was planning to
develop environment-friendly townships in the coastal region
of the state and promised special schemes for developers who
would participate in the initiative.
"Since tourism along the coastal belt is fast
developing, in coming days a new Gujarat is likely to take
shape in the coastal areas of state," Modi said while
launching a township project of Godrej Properties.

"I am thinking about a scheme for future of coastal
region of the state. At present, it is limited to my mind, but
I am telling this today because many professionals associated
with the housing sector who are here will help me by giving
suggestions," he said.

"We have planned a Panchvati Scheme wherein we will
develop townships in the coastal areas of the state. These
townships will have five basic elements like a desalination
plant to convert sea water into potable water, a solar energy
plant, ample space for planting trees, solid waste management
and waste water treatment systems," the Chief Minister said.

The government will develop special schemes for those
interested in building such townships along the coastline of
the state, he added.
Modi also talked about the Swarnim Jayanti township
scheme of his government under which townships will be
developed for the poor who are eligible under various housing
schemes like Indira Avas and Sardar Avas Yognas.

"What happened earlier was that a beneficiary would
take the money under the scheme and build a small house like a
hut in corner of the village. But under the Swarnin Jayanti
township, a plot in the village will be allocated and houses
for 100 or more beneficiaries with all modern facilities will
be built," Modi said adding this scheme was already under
implementation in over 20 talukas of the state.

Because of the state`s township policy, Gujarat has
become a major attraction for investors around the world and
even big companies now find it safe to invest in the housing
sector, he said.

PTI