JAIPUR: Rajasthan, the biggest state in India but with only one percent of the country's water resources, is inviting Malaysian companies to participate in various water infrastructure projects.
Its Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia said the Central Government has a plan to construct a 850km canal from Gujarat to Rajasthan and use sea water to solve water woes in the State which is known for its deserts.
"We want to bring sea water for desalination, and we are also planning to build large dams. Water is a big problem for us...so Malaysian companies with expertise can participate in this big projects," she said.
She told Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the Malaysian delegation attending the "Briefing and Discussion On Project and Investment Opportunities In Rajasthan", here today that the side of the canals will have highways and railways.
Vasundhare, who came to power in 2013, also said that Rajasthan, known throughout the world for its tourism products such as natural attractions, great historical sites and state parks, has many other attractive investment opportunities for Malaysian investors.
Among the major projects being offered are construction of roads and highways, four smart cities, affordable housing, mining and transportation.
At the moment, several road and highway projects worth several billion US dollars are under discussion with Malaysian parties, she said.
Vasundhara had recently announced work on 5,000km of new roads and 1,000km of state highways.
Najib, who is here as part of his six-day official visit to India, told the meeting that several Malaysian road builders were currently bidding for state road projects in Rajasthan spanning more than 3,000km.
On tourism, Vasundhara said it was one of the biggest money earner for the state, adding that they were focusing on medical tourism and plans to build golf courses to attract more foreign tourists. -- Bernama