Jammu, Dec 27: Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Monday said that some people don’t want J&K to grow on the development front and that his government is committed to “break all walls that create hurdles” in making the UT at par with other parts of India.
Addressing the first-ever J&K Real Estate Conference in Jammu, LG Sinha, Sinha said that some people keep on misleading others that there can be no development in J&K.
“They don’t want J&K to develop at part with other parts of India. They want industries without giving land for it and development without investments. But we will break all walls that will come in the way of J&K,” the LG said.
He said that Srinagar will host Real Estate Summit on May 23 this year that will pave way for Kashmir’s development on real estate front.
The LG also announced that likewise in other parts of India, J&K too will have a Central Secretariat soon as the land for the same has been identified.
LG Sinha said that at present all hotels, guest houses and lodges are booked due to the huge tourist influx in Kashmir at present.
“I get three to four calls from people and friends to arrange hotels for them as all hotels are booked in Kashmir. There is need to have more hotels and guest houses in Kashmir to accommodate more tourists,” he said.
Govt Handout Regarding the JK Real Estates event
Titans of India’s Real Estate Sector, including promoters in Residential, Retail & Commercial space, Entertainment Industry, Tourism & Hospitality, Logistics & Warehousing and Financing Institutions came together for the growth of J&K at the first-ever ‘Real Estate Summit-2021’.
In presence of Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Housing & Urban Affairs Minister; Manoj Sinha, Lieutenant Governor, J&K and Dr. Jitendra Singh; Union MoS, 39 MoUs worth Rs 18,300 Crore were signed today to foster growth and development in Jammu and Kashmir. It includes investments in the residential, commercial, infrastructure, and film sectors.
During his address, the Union Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri said that Real Estate, being the second largest employer in the country will create innumerable opportunities for economic growth in J&K.
The natural endowments in the UT of J&K and resilience of its people are second to none in the world which now need to be translated into economic development, prosperity and ease of living, said the Union Minister.
The Lt Governor, Manoj Sinha termed the event as a historic milestone in J&K’s Real Estate sector.
Last few years have seen tremendous change in terms of good governance, delivering development & transforming the infrastructure of the UT. Barriers to businesses in J&K have been removed. The UT of Jammu & Kashmir is now an attractive place to do business and invest, said the Lt Governor.
The Lt Governor announced that the next ‘Real Estate Summit’ will be organized in Srinagar on 21st and 22nd May 2022.
Development of local businesses is imperative in scripting the growth story of J&K. Besides national players in real estate, local developers of J&K will also be at the focus of this new dawn of development of real estate sector in the UT, he added.
The Lt Governor expressed his gratitude to the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and the Hon’ble Union Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs, Shri Hardeep Singh Puri for revolutionizing the real estate sector in J&K.
The multiplier effect of the first-ever Real Estate Summit in J&K will be felt across the entire UT in coming years, added the Lt Governor.
Highlighting the key features of the Model Tenancy Act which was adopted today by the government, the Lt Governor said that the Act has been prepared with the objective of balancing the interests and rights of both, the landlord and tenant, and to create an accountable and transparent ecosystem for renting the premises in an efficient manner.
Owning a house is the dream for everyone and we are making a committed effort to bring it into reality. The launch of many portals including RERA portal, Housing Portal, integrated auction portal will facilitate a transparent and accountable framework in Real Estate Sector. Such initiatives will help both Developers and Homebuyers as one-stop portal for all their needs, said the Lt Governor.
We have also launched three Housing Schemes today under which about 1000 EWS apartments (under PMAY) and another 150 MIG and HIG apartments are being launched. Many more would be launched in the coming months, added the Lt Governor.
The Lt Governor said that the regressive land laws were amended providing relief to many sectors from farming to industries, education, real estate, hospitals and IT. Several progressive policies and procedural reforms have been implemented on the ground. The best single-window Clearance System and every possible support of the government will be ensured to facilitate the investors, he added.
Recently, we have made changes in the Land Use Policy so that the companies eager to set up industries do not face the problem of land, said the Lt Governor.
Despite being endowed with immense natural wealth, business opportunities and excellent human capital, the progress of the industries in J&K were stalled. Since, 5th August 2019, J&K is undergoing a massive transformation, and Industries from all over the country are seeing Jammu and Kashmir as their preferred destination for investments and business ventures, observed the Lt Governor.
Efforts of Prime Minister and Hon’ble Home Minister are yielding favorable results with the new Industrial Development Scheme attracting huge investments in J&K. Within a year, we have received the proposals for investment worth Rs 44,000 crore. By March 2022, we will be able to bring an investment of Rs 60,000 crore to Jammu and Kashmir, said the Lt Governor.
In Jammu and Kashmir alone, Rs 1 lakh crore is being spent on highways, tunnels, and related infrastructure, due to which the nature of urban infrastructure will be completely transformed within two-three years, added the Lt Governor.
Union MoS (I/c), Ministry of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences, MoS PMO, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Atomic Energy & Space, Dr Jitendra Singh, in his address, said that J&K is now entering the mainstream journey of PM Modi’s New India & the first-ever ‘Real Estate Summit’ today is one of the important links to connect it to mainstream India.
Speaking on the occasion, Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA), said that a paradigm shift in terms of development has been witnessed in every sector in J&K. The real estate sector will create a plethora of opportunities for the people of the UT in terms of employment, investment etc, he added.
Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, J&K, during his address, said “Good connectivity, clean air, robust infrastructure, and lowest crime rate makes J&K an ideal investment destination”.
Niranjan Hiranandani, Vice Chairman NAREDCO India noted that – Incentivization by the Central and the UT Government will go a long way in accelerating the real estate growth in Jammu & Kashmir.
Signing of MoUs will help in exploring new opportunities in untapped locations which hold huge potential for future real estate development in the UT, said Sh Rajan Bandelkar, President, NAREDCO.
In his welcome address, Dheeraj Gupta, Principal Secretary, HUDD, J&K highlighted the growth potential of real estate in J&K.
On the occasion, the Government of J&K signed an MoU on skilling with the National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO) under which NAREDCO will 10,000 thousand workers in various skills of the construction industry–electrical, plumbing, masonry, carpentry, and the likes.
A coffee table book capturing the true essence of the new J&K was also released.
The Real Estate Summit- 2021 is organized by the Department of Housing & Urban Development Department, Government of Jammu and Kashmir in collaboration with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India.
Chander Mohan Gupta, Mayor JMC; Junaid Azim Mattu, Mayor SMC; Surendra Kumar Bagde, Additional Secretary, MoHUA, Advisors to Lt Governor, Administrative Secretaries, Divisional Commissioners, senior officers, investors and real estate developers from across the country attended the summit at Convention Centre.