Union Shipping Minister
Nitin Gadkari has said that 24 companies have offered to invest over 60,000
crore rupees in a special economic zone adjoining the countryís largest
container port Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust. He said this will create
employment for 1.25 to 1.50 lakh people.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation for the facility in May
2014 and the government was targeting to create 1.50 lakh jobs in the
Mr Gadkari said, works of over 2 lakh crore rupees have already started under
the ambitious Sagarmala project and port-rail connectivity will alone witness
investment of 1 lakh crore rupees under the project.
He said the ministry was constructing the Indore-Manmad railway
line at an investment of ₹6,000 crore and was also looking to connect
neighbouring Thane districtís Kasara and JNPT directly.
In order to reduce the container traffic passing through the
financial capital and suburbs, it has asked for land near Vasai on the
outskirts, from where the containers can be sent directly on barges to JNPT via
the water route, he said.
It is also investing Rs 1,000 crore to build a cruise terminal
in the financial capital, Mr. Gadkari said, adding that the first of the
Mumbai-Goa cruise ships will be sailing before the end of December.