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Himachal govt to sign MoU with Singapore to build 'Smart hill town' in the state
The government of Himachal Pradesh will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with Singapore Government on 27th February this month, to build first 'Smart hill town' of the country near Waknaghat, where 450 bighas of land was available. The Singapore government have agreed to invest Rs.2500 crore for the same.
This was revealed in a meeting presided over by Chief Minister, Virbhadra Singh to review progress of various schemes being implemented by Municipal Corporation (MC) Shimla within the municipal limits.

The Smart Hill town will have all the facilities of International Standards. New planned settlements will be created so that population aggregation at one place could be arrested and a more balanced distribution could be achieved.

Briefing the Chief Minister, Urban development Minister Sudhir Sharma, said that the Smart Hill State is expected to provide abundant opportunities in Hospitality, Health and Wellness and Education sector.

He said that it will have a special economic zone (SEZ), international education zone, integrated townships, an entertainment zone, a convention center, Parks, shopping malls etc.

Virbhadra Singh stressed to complete the ongoing works of beautification of town and the roads at the earliest. He said that Shimla being a state capital needs to be given priority so that the city may be included in Smart City Mission. He appreciated the Shimla Mall road restoration project and conservation of churches in heritage zone.

He desired that musical fountains be installed in the town, besides the process of Shifting vegetable market to Darni Ka Bagicha and the Anaaj Mandi (Grain Market) and Timber Market to Shnaan, Malyana should be initiated as soon as possible. The Chief Minister appreciated the renovation of Rani Jhansi Park and the fountains installed therein.

He also appreciated the ongoing renovation projects of roads and parks of Shimla besides lightening the streets and tunnels with LED lights.

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