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Minister Surjewala hardsells Haryana abroad

Addresses the Indo-French working group seminar on Urban Development Expresses great satisfaction that Indo-French relations had been very cordial for a long time

CHANDIGARH: Haryana Transport Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala has invited French companies to make investment in the State in the core sectors of urban development, drinking water, health, sanitation, transport and housing.

Addressing the Indo-French Working Group Seminar on Urban Development jointly organised by the French Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Tourism and Sea and the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, here on Monday, Mr. Surjewala expressed great satisfaction that Indo-French relations had been very cordial for a long time and the French Government had always extended full cooperation in trade, industries, technology, tourism and other development infrastructure fields.

He pointed out that as against a target of Rs. 400 crores for 2005-06, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) had spent Rs. 217.28 crores up to November 30, 2005, on various development works. Also, the Urban Estates Department had acquired 2,946 acres of land during the period between March 5 and December 31 and compensation amount of Rs. 340.54 crores has been paid to the landowners and the possession of the land had been handed over to HUDA.

He said "the aim of the Congress Government was to change the face of the State keeping pace with the changes in the international arena".