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Spotlight - UP Will an young CM, put UP on fast track ? By Jaya Raj

it to the Delhi Metrol Rail Corpo- ration (DMRC).

Comprehensive urban develop- ment schemes are being drawn up for the Lucknow, Kanpur and Gorakhpur regions.

Lucknow and Agra as

Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in India, has now got the youngest Chief Minister in the 38 year old Mr Akhilesh Yadav who too oath of office on March 15. Soon after securing a decisive two-third majority in the recent assembly elections by his leftist- centrist Samajwadi Party, Mr Yadav declared that infrastruc- ture building, clean administra- tion and economic development would be his priorities. He is a civil engineering graduate from the Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering, Mysore, and thereaf- ter secured his Masters in envi- ronmental engineering from the University of Sydney, Australia. In his policy initiative with the state government officials on March 25, the new Chief Minister said development, infrastructure

and urbanization issues are seri- ous in Uttar Pradesh. The state has more number of metropoli- tan cities than any other state in India..

Mr Yadav told the officials that money would not come in the way of ushering in development in the state and that public-pri- vate partnership (PPP) would be encouraged in all feasible areas. Metro, mono rail and bus rapid transport system in Kanpur, Luc- know, Agra and Varanasi are being talked about and also the second phase of Metro rail in Ghaziabad, in the neighborhood of the na- tional capital Delhi. Reviewing the Noida City Centre-- Greater Noida metro link project, the Chief Min- ister was appraised that there is general consensus on entrusting

IT hubs Mr Akhilsesh Yadav said the state government would make Luc- know and Agra as the next impor- tant IT hubs, as he believes that it not only generates employment but also fast tracks development. “But this can be achieved only if our youth are computer savvy and have IT education. For this, he said the government would be bringing in an integrated IT educa- tion policy.”

The Chief Minister has brought in Mr Jawed Usmani as the new Chief Secretary of the state. Mr Usmani who had a three year stint at the World Bank as Senior Advisor to the Executive Direc- tor in Washington DC has han- dled the Commonwealth Games infrastructure planning during his central government deputation. Almost in reassertion of the new state government’s priorities, the Uttar Pradesh Infrastructure and Industrial Development Department has stated that it would give top priority to power, expressways, special economic zones (SEZs) and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) for rapid development.

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