Puducherry to be included in smart city project, promises Kiran Bedi
PUDUCHERRY: Lt Governor Kiran Bedi expressed optimism that Puducherry will be included in the smart city project of the Union government in the next round. Puducherry, which was first in the country to submit nomination for the ambitious smart city project, was not included in first two lists released by the Centre.
Bedi while speaking to reporters after inspecting the guard of honour on May 30, said Puducherry deserved the smart city status and will earn its place in the list of smart cities. Stressing on the importance of connectivity she assured she would initiate efforts to improve air and rail connectivity besides working on waterways’ connectivity to Puducherry.
She said the administration will set up a single window clearance system under the chairmanship of secretary (industries) to guide entrepreneurs and industrialists in establishing their units here. The system will be the fastest in India, which will ensure total integrity. All clearances will be accorded in one go by one authority.
The industrialists and entrepreneurs can apply to the secretary directly and digitally. Their applications will be processed and cleared in a specific time frame. Puducherry government will soon introduce an attractive industrial policy. The administration will encourage non-polluting industries in the territory, said Bedi.
The government will soon organize business summit to invite NRIs, leading industrialists and corporate houses to invest in Puducherry. She said she would initiate efforts to revive all sick industries including the government-owned Anglo French Textiles.
Bedi said Puducherry will compete with Goa to emerge as the top tourism destination in the country giving tourists a difficult time to choose between the two.