Having already signed MoUs worth Rs 81,500 crore during six roadshows ahead of the Global Investors Summit on December 8-9 to be held in Dehradun, Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami said the priority of his government is development with a fine balance between ecologyand economy. On the Uniform Civil Code, the CM told TOI’s Manash Gohain it would be tabled at the earliest.Excerpts from the interview:
You have just concluded the 6th road show in Ahmedabad for the investors’ summit…
There is a lot of excitement to invest in “Destination Uttarakhand,” which has been inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modiji’s “Vibrant Gujarat” model that changed the developmental contours of the state and it became an exemplar globally. More than 54 corporates from Gujarat joined hands with us during the roadshow in Ahmedabad a couple of days ago and MoUs for investment of close to Rs 24,000 crore were signed from diverse sectors. Another historical link of Gujarat with Uttarakhand is the direct flight service, which is one of the oldest services, and the inbound travel of people from Gujarat be it for pilgrimage, tourism or economic activity.
Is tourism one of the key focuses of the summit?
Tourism has been the main (revenue) source and this year we recorded the highest ever 54 lakh yatris for ‘Char Dham Yatra’. So definitely this is one of the focus areas.
You have held roadshows in London and Dubai as well. What is the mood of foreign investors?
The world has acknowledged the capabilities of India post the success of G20 and sees big opportunities in India which is why big investors are interested to invest here. Investors are equally interested to invest in Uttarakhand.
When is the status of the Uniform Civil Code?
The UCC panel has almost completed its job and the compilation work is underway currently. We are expecting to get it at the earliest and since this is what the public endorsed during the elections we will move forward with it. We will initiate it as soon as we get the document.
Ecology is a critical area. How will you bridge the conflict between conservation and development?
Our development model is ‘ecology and economy.’ There will be a balance. We have initiated plans to implement GEP (Growth Environmental Product) in the State in order to ensure a fine balance between the ecology and economy. We are committed to offer fresh air, water and environment to the world.

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