Inaugurating a one-day conference on ‘Implementation of Puducherry Smart City Project’ organized by Puducherry Smart City Development Limited, Chief Minister V Narayanasamy said that Puducherry with the assistance of the French government is working to transform the city into a global tourism destination by leveraging its heritage, cultural, spiritual and educational advantages.
France based Development Agency (Agence Francais pour Development) had signed an agreement with the Puducherry government in January 2016 to provide technical support in sustainable urban development through this project.
A memorandum of understanding was signed between Puducherry government and French Development Agency to augment drinking water supply at an outlay of Rs 534 crore. While the Agency would provide Rs 455 crore as a loan, the balance of Rs 79 crore will be provided by the Puducherry government to ensure water supply in all the four regions.
The Chief Minister said that Puducherry (a former French colony), had been described as ‘a window on French culture’ by former Prime Minister, the late Jawaharlal Nehru. He thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for including Puducherry as one of the cities under the Smart city mission.
The project will go on stream in the next four years. French Ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler said Puducherry had come out with an impressive draft plan for implementation of the project. France would cooperate in developmental programmes and implement the project as early as possible.