Hyderabad, Sept 3 (INN): The Prime Minister of Bhutan H. E. Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay expressed his fascination for Hyderabad. He used to read history of the rich heritage, culture, and the Nizams of Hyderabad as a school student and got positive impression about the pearl-city. As a grown-up collegiate, he developed added fascination for the city for its successful transformation, from old heritage-rich Hyderabad to new Hi-tech Hyderabad, without losing the core values.
Prime Minister of Bhutan shared these views of his in a special address at CII-Godrej Green Business Centre, in Hyderabad today. This is his first ever visit to any country after assuming the office.
The visiting Prime Minister of Bhutan said, “We have similar history, but also natural beauty. We have plenty of rocks. The rivers are still pristine. Energy is in abundance and still got potential to develop alternate forms of energy such as wind power.”
Seventy two per cent of Bhutan has forest cover and the constitution of the country requires a minimum of 60 per cent of the area to be under forest cover. So there is a lot of potential for getting into developmental activities. He appreciated CIIs contribution in the development of Hyderabad in an environment friendly way. He expressed his deep interest in transforming the naturally beautiful Bhutan following the Hyderabad development model.
Prime Minister of Bhutan also asked for generous support from the government of India in this endeavour. He extended an open invitation to CII for doing business together in multiple areas especially IT in which Bhutan has a favourable foundation. “Bhutan is the best option for Hyderabad and we can be strategic neighbours”, the PM of Bhutan added.
CII proposed the potential areas of cooperation between India and Bhutan including energy efficiency, green buildings and waste management. The proposal also included establishing a Centre of Excellence on Green Business in Bhutan.
The dignitaries from Hyderabad present in the gathering were – Dr B V R Mohan Reddy, Ramesh Datla, D V Mahonar, Suresh Chitturi, Vanitha Datla, and S Raghupathy.