New Delhi: A visit to a village in Haryana will give you a feel of being in South Korea. The assumption feels rather impossible, but will soon be a reality as the latter has shown a keen interest to develop a few villages in Haryana as ‘model village’. Grabbing the opportunity, the Union Ministry of Rural Development has given its green signal to the South Korean proposal.  

Once the pilot project becomes a success, the project would be expanded to remodel other villages in Haryana. Adding an icing to the proposed scheme, South Korea has even agreed to provide 100 percent financial aid for the entire project. Korean Chamber of Commerce will bear the entire cost.

South Korean Ambassador to India, Kim Joong Keun on Thursday called on Union Minister for Rural Development Vilasrao Deshmukh for discussing the pilot project. Sources revealed that Deshmukh tried coaxing Kim to opt for Maharashtra instead of Haryana. But proximity to the national capital tilted the balance in Haryana’s favour.

Elaborating his plans, Kim said, “In the first phase, we want to remodel a village which is at a distance of one and half hour drive from the capital. Keeping this aspect in mind we have zeroed in on Haryana.”

But the village in Haryana, for the pilot project, would be finalised only after a detailed discussion with the state government, he added.

The South Korean companies already doing business in India would help in building the ‘model village’.

Korean style of village-building shall be adopted wherein suggestions from the villagers will be sought while planning the developmental project. Also indigenous techniques would be employed for the village development.

Other than the developmental works in a chosen ‘model village’, youths of nearby villages would also be given professional training in the ‘model village’.

Kim asserted that this project has been incredibly successful in Asia-Pacific and African countries.

(JPN/ Bureau)