Gadkari lays out red carpet for UAE investors
Showcases Sagarmala, Bharatmala as potential areas for investment
Inviting UAE investors to join hands with India and be part of its infrastructure growth story, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari today said two mega initiatives worth ₹24 lakh crore — Sagarmala and Bharatmala — are going to be game changers.
Addressing the India-UAE Business Summit in Dubai via video conferencing, the Highways, Shipping and River Development Minister said India is also keen to attract investors from the UAE for the Clean Ganga Mission and projects related to it.
“India shares a good relation with the UAE. A lot of the stakeholders from there are investing in India... Prime Minister has taken a great bold decision to start Bharatmala wherein we are planning to start projects worth ₹8-lakh crore within two years,” he said.
“These are important projects related to border connectivity, internal ring roads, tribal areas, tourism... There is huge potential available,” he added. Gadkari informed investors that in an ambitious initiative, Sagarmala, “we are expecting the investment of ₹16 lakh crore including ₹4 lakh crore for port road connectivity and modernisation of ports.
“We have started work worth ₹1.6 lakh crore in the port sector. Investors have huge opportunity and should join hands with us.”
In Sagarmala, the government has planned for 14 industrial clusters and special economic zones which are going to accelerate the economy, he said.
SEZ in JNPT
He said the Ministry in JNPT, one of the 12 major ports in India, is planning for special economic zone where it is expecting investment of ₹6,000 crore besides creation of 1.25 lakh jobs.
“We have a huge Clean Ganga Mission. Cities on banks of Ganga are polluting its water. We are going to start work on projects to clean the river before March next. There are various projects worth ₹4,000 crore... I request all of you Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development
(investors) in Dubai to take up projects. We are developing websites for it, all detailed project reports are ready,” he said, adding that they could also sponsor and maintain a project for 15 years.
He said investors could also help Clean Ganga Mission by donating for it.
Stressing that there was a significant presence of the UAE companies in India, he said the government was interested in investments from there, especially in the infrastructure sector which has been accorded the topmost
priority. He said the road building pace was bound to reach 40 km a day shortly, from 23 km currently, adding that it was barely 2 km a day when the BJP government had taken over.
“In highways sector alone we have awarded more than 35,000 km of highways construction. We are making express highways, green express highways,” he said.
Besides, he said the government has plans to develop 101 rivers into waterways and work on 10 such stretches will begin shortly.