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24 companies offer to invest over Rs. 60,000 cr in SEZ adjoining JNPT: Gadkari

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 facility. 

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.

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