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Dr.Abdul Kalam’s birth place Rameswaram declared as AMRUT town



Dr.Abdul Kalam’s birth place Rameswaram declared as AMRUT town

A Committee to work out details of Kalam’s Memorial at Rameswaram

Shri Venkaiah Naidu says Dr.Kalam was a Yogi who dreamt of a Great India 

Rameswaram town in Tamil Naidu has been included in Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformatin (AMRUT) for providing basic urban infrastructure. This was announced by the Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu while speaking on the occasion of 84th birth anniversary of former President Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam at a programme organized at DRDO here today.

The Ministry has so far identified 497 cities and towns under Atal Mission under which basic infrastructure is to be developed in 500 cities and towns. Rameswaram is the 498th to be included in the Mission. With the addition of Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu would have 32 cities and towns under Atal Mission.

A Committee comprising of Union Ministers Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu, Shri Manohar Parrikar, Shri Pon Radhakrishnan and former Chief Election Commissioner Shri N.Gopalaswamy will work out the details of a Memorial for Dr.Kalam at Rameswaram. This Committee will consult all concerned before giving a final shape to the Memorial. Tamil Nadu Government assured the Ministry of Urban Development that land for memorial will be made available at the place in Rameswaram where the mortal remains of the former President were laid to rest.

Speaking on the occasion of birth anniversary of Dr.Abdul Kalam, Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu described him as a “Yogi who was detached from material life but passionate about the country, its people and their future. He was a great scientist and at the same time spiritual. He was the Missile Man but always thought of the poor and their problems. He was the President who always reached out to the students and the young igniting their minds and giving wings to their dreams”.

Quoting Dr.Kalam saying “We will be remembered only if we give to our younger generations a prosperous and safe India, resulting out of economic prosperity coupled with civilizational heritage”, Shri Naidu said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is committed to fulfill this vision and mission of the former President. 

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Malaysia proposes US $ 30 billion investments in urban development and housing projects in India

Malaysia’s Works Minister says Unfolding India is exciting

Large Malaysian and Chinese delegations discuss investments with Shri Venkaiah Naidu 
Construction Industry Development Board(CIDB) of Malaysia has proposed to invest US $ 30 billion in urban development and housing projects in India. A 30 member business delegation led by the Malaysia’s Minister of Works Shri Haji Fadillah Bin Haji Yusof today held detailed discussions in this regard with the Minister of Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi today.

The visiting Minister told Shri Naidu that “the unfolding India is very exciting and that is the reason for coming here with a huge 30 member delegation of senior representatives of 12 leading government and private companies of Malaysia”.

On behalf of CIDB, a government agency, presentations were made to Shri Venkaiah Naidu and senior officials of the two urban ministries on concept plans for two proposed projects. Redevelopment of New Delhi Railway Station adjoining area as a mini-smart city is proposed to be taken up with an investment of about US $ 24 billion. CIDB also proposed to take up a Green City Project at Garhmukhteshwar in Uttar Pradesh involving housing and Ganga cleaning projects with an investment of about US $ 4 billion. National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) of the Ministry of Urban Development will be associated with these projects.

Appreciating Malaysia’s interest in investing in India, Shri Naidu suggested to NBCC to make detailed presentations to the concerned Ministries of Railways, Finance, Water Resources and the Government of Delhi and Uttar Pradesh for further consideration.

CIDB is a government agency which has so far implemented various construction projects overseas with an investment of US $ 24 billion since its inception in 1995 and projects worth US $ 8 billion are under execution.

The Malaysian delegation included senior representatives of government agencies like CIDB, Malaysian Highway Authority(LLM), Pembinan and EXIM Bank besides private sectors companies –IJM Construction, UEM Group, Selia Group, Amona Group, Sunway Constructions, KLCC Projecks, Scomi International and Veritas Architects.

KLCC, a property investment and facility management services company associated with building of PETRONAS Tower in Kaulalampur has expressed keen interest in smart city development in India. Pembinan has shown similar interest in affordable housing projects in India.

Chinese companies too show interest

A large 20 member Chinese delegation led by the Chairman of SANY Group Shri Liang Wengen also met Shri Venkaiah Naidu and held discussions on investment opportunities in the new urban sector initiatives in India. The delegation comprised of representatives of 9 public and private sector companies of China including State Power Investment Corporation, Power Construction Corporation of China, CHINT Group (industrial electrical equipment and energy), China Minsheng Investment Corporation (private financial investment), CCTEG Shenyang Engineering Company( designing), Tebian Electric Apparatus Stock Company (transformers) and Golden Concord Holdings Ltd(integrated energy).

SANY Group is China’s No.1 and world’s 5th largest construction machinery manufacturer with a market cap of US $ 21 billion.

Shri Venkaiah Naidu gave a detailed account to both the delegations of investment opportunities in urban development and housing sectors further to the launching of new urban missions and emergence of India as a ‘happening place and favoured global investment decision’. He referred to the latest report of Ernst & Young which, after a survey of 500 global corporates reported India as the most favoured investment destination. Shri Naidu said that several initiatives have been taken to enhance ‘ease of doing business’ in India. He explained that Smart City Mission offered sizeable investment opportunities in retrofitting and redevelopment of identified urban areas besides builing greenfield townships and in public transport, solid waste management, 24x7 water and power supply, smart grid management and other Pan-city Smart Solutions. 


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