Japan to develop eco city in Haryana

Written by Preeti Parashar | Chandigarh | Updated: Nov 19 2010, 06:43am hrs
The Japanese government has proposed to develop an eco city/smart community project in Haryana under the aegis of Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC), on the lines of Kitakyushu town of Japan.

The project will be undertaken on pilot basis at Industrial Model Township (IMT) of Manesar at first and then later extended to the upcoming Manesar-Bawal investment region being developed under the DMIC. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has already been signed between Japan and India in April this year during the visit of Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan to India. The project will be routed through the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC).

A senior HSIIDC official told FE, Discussions are going on with the concerned officers and the plan is being conceptualised. Once the concept is ready, other factors like investment, implementation and institutional framework will be worked out. A consortium of companiesToshiba, NEC and Tokyo Gas has been assigned the task of implementation of the project. MoU has been signed between the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC), Haryana government through HSIIDC and the consortium on April 30 this year. The consortium will undertake the project's implementation in Manesar-Bawal region.

Feasibility studies are being conducted in the areas of water, power, logistics, solid waste management and the team is interacting with various departments of the state government. Moreover different teams are working on the areas of transportation and water recycling etc. Toshiba will take care of supervision, smart grid, water and storage battery. NEC will be looking after the logistics systems and Tokyo Gas will manage the regional heat supply system, said the official.

Japan has successfully implemented the concept in Kitakyushu town and developed it as a smart community. It is recognised as a unique model of sustainable industrial development where different wastes including automobiles, home appliances, medical instruments, construction waste, food waste etc are recycled through various private companies.