Narendra Modi mulls developing Surat-Navsari as Twin CitiesAhmedabad, Sunday: Chief Minister Narendra Modi today dedicated urban projects totaling Rs.264-crore for Surat City completed under Golden Jubilee Chief Minister’s Urban Development Projects.
Speaking at a function to mark the events, he said the projects include a bridge on the Tapi to connect Kapodra and Utran, Rs.50-crore drinking water and Rs.132-crore drainage project for newly included localities in Katargam Zone in Surat Municipal Corporation. He said that plans are there now to develop Surat-Navsari as Twin Cities.
He said that Gujarat has won 75 per cent of national awards for excellent work in urban development, thanks to fiscal management in sync with project execution. It was due to Gujarat Government’s farsighted policies that the underwater table has come up by 3 to 13 metres in different regions of the state.
Giving an outline of ongoing works, he said, some development project or the other is taking shape somewhere or the other in a diameter of 25 km in the state. It could have possible only because we did not allow ‘hand’ to lay its hand in public money.
Urban Development and Water Resources Minister Nitin Patel informed that development works worth Rs.600-crore have been allotted by the Chief Minister to Surat. He said that Surat is the pride of Gujarat.
City Mayor Rajendra Desai delivered the welcome address and assured to provide all civic amenities to the newly included localities under the jurisdiction of Surat Municipal Corporation by 2013.