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Modi in Maharashtra on Saturday, to launch roadways, port projects

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Maharashtra on Saturday, launching several roadways and ports projects. Maharashtra is slated for assembly elections later this year.

According to separate press statements issued simultaneously by the Press Information Bureau and Bharatiya Janata Party, the PM will pay a day long visit to Maharashtra. The PM was in Jammu and Kashmir earlier this week, another poll bound state. BJP president Amit Shah had addressed a rally in Haryana on Thursday. Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Haryana and Jammu & Kashmir are four states where assembly elections are scheduled later this year.

Modi will land in Mumbai where he will lay the foundation of a Port Connectivity Highway Project at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT). This project is to be completed by December 2017 and will cost about Rs 1927 crore. The Ministry of Shipping under the National Highway Development & Port Connectivity Programme will execute this Project on Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC) mode through a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV).

The PM will also lay the foundation for a port-based multi-product Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at the JNPT. This is also to be developed through JNPT-SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle) over 277 hectares under the Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC) mode and is to be completed in three years. This is planned to be a Self-Sustainable Integrated Development Project with an investment of about Rs 4,000 crore and has an employment generating potential of about 1.5 lakh direct and indirect jobs.

With a focus on collaborating with upcoming sectors of India, the SEZ will develop a free trade warehousing zone for engineering goods sector, electronics and hardware sectors, non- conventional energy sector, multi services (IT and healthcare) sectors and apparel and textiles Sectors.

The PM will also participate in a function to allot land to JNPT- Project Affected persons (PAPs). This land is being allocated to those land owners of the Navi Mumbai Project from which JNPT was given land in the 1980s. Land owners were given assurances at the time of land acquisition that developed land would be given to them to the extent of 12.5 per cent of the land acquired. The Ministry of Shipping has now transferred 12.5 per cent of the 1,172 hectares of land earlier transferred for the JNPT project. This land will now be handed over to the JNPT- (PAPs).

Modi will later visit Solapur to dedicate to the nation a  four-lane section of the Pune-Solapur section of National Highway 9 (NH-9). He will also lay the foundation stone for widening of Solapur-Maharashtra/Karnataka border section of NH – 9. The Highway connects Maharashtra with Karnataka, Telangana & Andhra Pradesh. This is one of the major high-density traffic corridors in India connecting Northern & Western India with Southern India.  The section from Mumbai to Pune is already four or six lane and the section from Pune to Solapur is also ready.

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