M. Ramesh

Singapore, Oct 30

The Gujarat Chief Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, on Monday said that he proposed to come out with an `integrated township policy' for Gujarat which would create "habitats catering to different global lifestyles".

Speaking at a session on `Global Indian business summit' at the Global Entrepolis @ Singapore conference here, Mr Modi said that Gujarat had created an `urban development mission' to address the specific problems of urban population. He noted that 40 per cent of the State's population lived in urban areas.

Natural gas

Observing that the State-owned Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation had discovered natural gas in the K-G basin, Mr Modi said that the government was building a 3,000 km pipeline to transport the gas back to Gujarat. Because of the gas "cheaper, assured source of energy" would come into being.

Mr Modi also told the gathering that Gujarat planned to come out with an exclusive `Petroleum SEZ' "for servicing oil rigs and (to offer) other exploration and development services".

Noting that Gujarat encouraged private participation in port development, he said, "our concept is to have port-based SEZs with backward linkages with warehouses, cold storage and transportation network".

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated October 31, 2006)
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