Signalling the groundwork for a twin-city settlement with the Chinese language metropolis of Jiaozhou, the standing committee of Rajkot Municipal Company on Monday cleared a proposal to arrange a panel for a similar.
At its weekly assembly, the standing committee cleared the proposal moved by the workplace of Rajkot Municipal Commissioner, Banchhanidhi Pani, urging it to get the nod of RMC common board to nominate the municipal commissioner as the principle coordinator for signing the proposed twin-city settlement between Rakot and Jiaozhou.
The proposal additionally sought to get a inexperienced sign from the final board to authorise Rajkot mayor, chairman of the standing committee and the municipal commissioner to signal the settlement with Jiaozhou, a metropolis in japanese China’s Shandong province.
The municipal commissioner primarily based his proposal on a letter despatched by joint secretary of city improvement and concrete housing division of the state authorities to the RMC in January this yr, directing the civic physique to start out making preparations for signing the settlement.
“Rajkot figures among the developing cities of India and it is proposed to sign a strategic agreement with Jiaozhou city in Quingdao state of India’s neighbouring country China for cooperation in areas of mutual interests… like service delivery, citizens, administration, land use planning and management, transport, housing, education, culture, sports and games, management of solid waste and waste-water, physical infrastructure, environment, public health, science and technology, tourism, managing historical places, city rejuvenation, city and regional planning and allied matters…” acknowledged the proposal.
To operationalise the settlement, the proposal sought establishing of an authority comprising civic officers and elected leaders of the RMC.
The settlement shall be of non-biding nature however can embody clauses on making monetary provisions for executing initiatives. The settlement, the proposal mentioned, will facilitate change of know-how and finest practices.
“The agreement will be valid for a period of three years or until the time either of the party gives a three-month notice to end the agreement. However, termination of agreement will have no bearing on any project under the agreement,” acknowledged the proposal moved by the municipal commissioner.
Municipal commissioner Pani mentioned there have been some similarities between Jiajhaou and Rajkot, which was the explanation behind the proposal.
“Other cities like Ahmedabad already have similar agreements with other cities. There are similarities between Rajkot and the Chinese city in terms of size, presence of small and medium scale industries, nature of the city, etc. Both are comparable cities and can learn from exchange programmes, workshops and best practices,” mentioned Pani. He mentioned there was no deadline to finish the formality of signing the settlement.
The final board is the very best decision-making physique of the Rajkot Municipal Company. The ruling BJP enjoys majority within the 72-member board which meets often each three months. Its newest assembly was held in June.