Himachal Pradesh government on said it would utilize the global experience of Korea and World Bank for solution of problems in areas like solid waste management, public transport, urban management, road constructions and maintenances etc. The state’s Urban Development Minister Sudhir Sharma said, the government would follow the analogy of Korean model for developing Shimla and Dharamshala as “smart cities” and solving the traffic problems of Shimla city which had also been included under Centre’s AMRUT Mission.
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He was presiding over the experience sharing workshop on green growth initiatives, organised here today by the state government in collaboration with Korea Green Growth Trust Fund (KGGTF) and the World Bank. The Korean specialists in various areas were invited by the state government for exchange of ideas and seeking their support in these areas.
The visit was a part of the World Bank’s long term support for the state government in its move towards green and inclusive development. The Minister said the Himachal government had a long partnership with the World Bank and the Development Policy Loan of the World Bank to promote inclusive green growth and sustainable development had helped the state in implementing critical structural and administrative reforms necessary to achieve rapid inclusive economic growth and development.
He said Himachal Pradesh had left behind various other states of the country in many sectors because of good co-ordination and commitment of the administrative machinery and the state leadership and emerged as one of the states with the best human development outcomes, which had also been documented in the World Bank report. Sharma said the towns and urban areas were going to be instrumental in economical and social progress of the state and government was according top priority to check haphazard and unplanned growth of these areas and to provide best infrastructural and public services like housing, sanitation, disposal of solid wastes, transport, water, health and education etc.
He said that in its initiative towards green growth, the state government had imposed complete ban on green felling, use of polythene, plastic bags, cups and plates besides smoking in public places. Sharma, also the Housing, Town and Country Planning Minister, added that Himachal was the first state in the country to initiate green forest accounting.