Singapore Visit – Day 1
SINGAPORE AND RAJASTHAN – PARTNERS IN PROGRESS
Chief Minister Smt. Vasundhara Raje on the first day of her official tour, visitied the facilities of Hyflux – reknowned fully integrated water solution company in Singapore.
A presentation on Rajasthan’s water issues was made before the Hyflux team. In a recent announcement, the state government has indicated that it shall be setting up 5000 R.O. Plants in the state over the next 5 years. Hyflux membrane based technology could be useful since it allows significant reduction in wastage of water. This was one of the subjects discussed. Chief Minister also discussed with the Hyflux management, a possible partnership in using desalination technology for treating saline water in Bharatpur and Nagaur districts.
The Chief Minister had a formal meeting with Shri S. Iswaran, Minister with PMO, Second Minister for Home Affairs & Second Minister for Trade & Industry, Singapore. Mr. Iswaran had been closely interacting with his Indian counterparts and the discussions with the Chief Minister revolved around possibilities of Singapore Companies tying up with Indian counterparts in medical technology, electronics, urban development, waste management etc.
The Official delegation visited Marina Barrage which is a water treatment and supply facility managed by Public Utilities Board (PUB), Singapore. Marina Barrage is also maintained as recreation area for citizens. The PUB of Singapore is noted for its achievement that all tap water in the city state is well within the WHO drinking water standards. The official delegation interacted with PUB officials on how to improve and maintain drinking water supply in the state.