Chandigarh, August 20—The World Bank has agreed to explore investment opportunities in the fields of multi-modal logistics hubs, energy, smart cities, mass rapid transit systems, and other infrastructure projects in Haryana.
The international financial institution would also examine the scope for technical and financial assistance through Global Infrastructure Fund (GIF) and International Finance Corporation (IFC) for a public-private participation project to set up a multi-modal logistics hub.
Besides, the global lender has evinced keen interest in deepening the engagement with the Haryana Government in the field of cutting down losses in transmission and distribution of power, and in bringing about efficiency in demand management.
All these possibilities emerged at the meeting Mr Devender Singh, Principal Secretary, Industries, had with senior World Bank officials in Washigton DC, yesterday. He is part of the high-level delegation, led by the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, presently visiting US and Canada to bring investment to Haryana. Mr Neeraj Mittal, Senior Adviser to Executive Director, representing India at the World Bank, was also present
The meeting was attended by Mr. Dorota Nowak, Senior Program Officer, South Asia Region, Mr Shamsher Gopal Singh, Regional Head, South Asia, IFC; Mr Jose Irigoyen, Director, Transport & IT, Mr C. Feinstein, Director, Energy; Mr Akihiko Nishio, Director, Strategy & Operstions; Mr Simon Stopl, Lead Energy Specialist; Sameh Wahba, Manager, Urban and Disaster Risk Management; and Mr Vineet Garg, MD HSIIDC.
The World Bank officials were briefed on the Haryana Government plans to set up an integrated multi-modal logistic hub over 1,200 acres as a part of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) project. They were also told about the proposal to develop smart cities--Gurgaon, Ambala, Faridabad and Panipat--as smart cities and set up MRTS in almost all million plus cities of the state.