The Centre has proposed to set up two satellite ports in Jammu and Kashmir to facilitate the direct import and export and has hence sought nearly 300 acres of land. Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said that Narendra Modi dispensation is even willing to spend upto Rs. 600 crore to set up about 10 Roadside Amenities units along with the state’s explanding highway network if the government is ready to provide land for such facilities.
The Minister said that he has already proposed to the Deputy CM Nirmal Singh that the Centre wants to give two dry/satellite ports to the state and two places close to the national highway, river and railway are to be selected now.
If the government agrees to give 300 acres of land there will be direct import and export from Jammu and Kashmir and containers will be sealed and sent directly from here. The Minister also reiterated the Centre’s promise to reach out to the people of Jammu and Kashmir with complete support and suggested that the proposed plans in infrastructure development will boost the economy of the state and will also generate employment.
Also, the setting up of 8 to 10 Roadside Amenities will be done after the Centre is provided with 40 to 50 acres of land. The Roadside Amenities will have petrol pumps, hotels, restaurants, and pavilions for shops for the display of local art and craft items for the tourists. Each such unit will cost us around Rs. 70 crore and the minister said, he is ready to spend Rs 500-600 crore on it if the state government provides us with the land. The Minister also said that the state government has been requested for inland waterways transportation in Dal lake and other rivers and that the central government is ready to help in this venture also.