By Accommodation Times Bureau
Chief Minister V Narayanasamy said here on October 10, that the Smart City
project being implemented in Puducherry in collaboration with the French
government, aims at transmuting the city into a global tourism destination by
leveraging its heritage, cultural, spiritual and educational advantages,
Speaking after the inauguration ceremony of the one-day conference on
'Implementation of Puducherry Smart City Project' organized by Puducherry Smart
City Development Limited, which is accomplishing the project, he said France
had been consistently supporting the union territory in various developmental
He said 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.
At the conference on October 10, an agreement was signed between Puducherry
government and French Development Agency to intensify the drinking water
supply at an outlay of Rs 534 crore.
While the Agency would provide Rs 455 crore as loan, the balance of Rs 79 crore
will be provided by the Puducherry government to ensure water supply in all the
four regions. Chief Secretary Manoja Parida and Nicolas Fornage, Director of the
French Development Agency, signed the agreement.
He thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for including Puducherry as one of the
cities under the Smart city mission.
Local Administration Minister A Namassivayam said the Project involved a total
outlay of Rs 1,828 crore. While the Centre and Puducherry government each
contributed Rs 500 crore crore, the balance was mobilised through open market
borrowing and public private partnership.
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.
He said participation of delegates of 23 French firms in deliberations on various
projects of Smart Cities club at the conference spoke volumes of his government's
commitment to support Puducherry.
Opposition AIADMK legislators A Anbalagan and Vayyapuri Manikandan staged
a walkout within minutes of commencement of the conference to protest against
'improper' seating arrangements by the organisers'.