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PM to inaugurate Investors’ Summit on Oct 7

| | Dehradun | in Dehradun

Prime Minister Narendra Modi would inaugurate the ‘Destination Uttarakhand- Investors Summit-2018’ on October 7. The PM gave his consent to the invitation given by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat when the latter met him in New Delhi on Thursday. With PM's confirmation, the State Government has declared that the summit would be held in Dehradun on October 7 and 8.

During the meeting with the PM, CM Rawat appealed for an amount of Rs 5000 crores being provided annually to Uttarakhand in lieu of its environmental services as Green Bonus. He said that a study conducted by Indian Forest Management Institute, Bhopal, reveals that Uttarakhand is providing Rs 95,112 crore of Ecological services from its forests but due to environmental and other issues, many hydro projects of the State have remained stalled.

He suggested that environmental services provided by the State should be included in the National Accounting System and through this system money from Green Deficit States should be collected and a national exchange should be formed. Allocation of funds from this exchange should be done to the States according to the green cover.

Rawat also requested for approval for the 300 MW Lakhwar project and funding for 660 MW Kishau project, technical and economic approval for the 300 MW Bawla-Nandprayag Hydro power project and issuance of the term-of-references for Bawla Nandprayag and 100 MW Nandprayag-Langsu projects. The CM also pitched for an industrial package on the line of what  has been given to the north-eastern States for industrial development in Uttarakhand.

The CM also made an appeal for allocation of funds in the form of special central assistance to ensure that arrangements for the Maha Kumbh slated in April 2021 in Haridwar are made in time.

He also requested the PM to see that relief amount to the disaster affected areas is increased. CM, further, said that Gaurikund-Kedarnath Ropeway project should be declared as project of national importance. He also sought central assistance for the gravity-based drinking water schemes wherein reservoirs are constructed on streams. Rawat said that the proposed Jamrani dam project on the river Gaula of Nainital district should be declared a national project. He said that in view of the fact that there are only three air strips in the entire hill areas of the Uttarakhand, more air strips should come up. He said that for all practical purposes, the entire state should be brought under the one Railway Zone.

On the lines of central government approved Rishikesh-Karnprayag railway line, the Tanakpur-Bageshwar-Karnprayag railway line should be approved in view of its strategic importance, CM suggested to the PM.

In order to reduce the logistic cost of the industries in Haridwar, Rawat said that a multi-model logistic park is required. CM said that a plot of 35 acres available with BHEL in Haridwar should be handed over to the State Government for the purpose. He,further, said that the land of the HMT in Ranibagh of Nainital district which has remained closed for the past many years should be transferred to Uttarakhand Government so that it can be utilised for the industrial development.




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