The Mall of Srinagar is set to be one of the largest malls in the region and will have over 500 shops
By KS Correspondent
Srinagar, March 19: In a significant step towards the development of Jammu and Kashmir, Lieutenant Governor Shri Manoj Sinha has laid the foundation stone for the Mall of Srinagar. The project is being undertaken by Dubai’s Emaar Group and is set to have a transformative impact on the union territory, including the boost of infrastructure, employment generation, and ease of living. Speaking on the occasion, the Lt Governor congratulated the people of J&K and emphasized that this is a new dawn of limitless possibilities, as the Mall of Srinagar represents the realization of Hon’ble PM Shri Narendra Modi ji’s vision for the development of the region.
“The Mall of Srinagar & allied projects with the Government of Dubai will fuel the economic growth of J&K and bring us closer to achieving the shared vision of strengthening bilateral trade and investment ties between India and UAE,” observed the Lt Governor.
The credit for the strong ties between UAE and India goes to the strenuous efforts of the Hon’ble Prime Minister, said the Lt Governor.
The Lt Governor highlighted the progressive reforms introduced under the guidance of the Hon’ble Prime Minister to create a favourable environment for Industries and businesses to flourish in J&K.
“Unprecedented Industrial investment & economic growth of J&K is laying the foundation for a stronger and more prosperous future for the people of Union Territory,” said the Lt Governor.
The Lt Governor expressed gratitude to the Hon’ble Prime Minister and the Hon’ble Home Minister for new industrial development scheme.
Within 22 months of the implementation of the New Industrial Policy, we have received investment proposals from more than 5000 domestic and foreign companies. Every day, 8 companies have expressed their willingness to invest in J&K, the Lt Governor noted.
A new industry is becoming operational in the UT every day. Last month, 45 industries started their operations, he added.
Hon’ble Prime Minister has already done the groundbreaking ceremony for projects worth Rs 38,000 crore. Those who raised questions on employment post-August 2019, should introspect about what they have done for J&K in the past decades. Only Rs 14,000 cr industrial investment came to J&K since independence till 2019, said the Lt Governor.
In the last three years, we have registered phenomenal growth in different sectors, and in terms of knowledge, physical and digital connectivity, Jammu and Kashmir has performed exceptionally well in the entire country, he added
The Lt Governor invited Industry leaders from across the world to be a part of the new industrial revolution of Jammu Kashmir.
We have broadened the economic and social base of development and are offering best incentives across the country, land for industries, skilled labour, technical support, market connectivity, national and international air cargo facilities, raw materials, cheapest power, lowest crime rate, single window clearance, ease of doing business, he observed.
One lakh crore rupees worth highways and tunnels projects are going on in J&K UT. Kashmir will be connected to Kanyakumari this year. The flight operations in both Jammu & Srinagar airports have increased and international flight connectivity has been strengthened, observed the Lt Governor.
Today, peace is prevailing in Jammu Kashmir. Days of Hartals have become history now. World has witnessed the youth and people of Pulwama, Tral, Shopian coming out of their houses in huge numbers with national flags in their hands, he noted.
Jammu Kashmir has everything to offer to maximize the immense potential of the business. This decade belongs to Jammu Kashmir, the Lt Governor said.
Amit Jain, CEO Emaar said the Mall of Srinagar is one of our milestone projects and we are excited about the potential of it. As Emaar group, we bring along strong relationships with leading retail brands of UAE, most of which will be launching their presence in India through this initiative, he added.
It was informed that Emaar Group will develop One IT tower at Jammu and One at Srinagar.
The mega-mall is the first significant FDI investment in Jammu and Kashmir to facilitate investments in marquee projects as per the MOU signed between the governments of the UAE and India. Launched by Emaar and Magna Waves Buildtech, the mall is set to become operational by 2026.
In January 2022, during the Investor meet at Dubai, J&K Government entered into a bilateral agreement with various stakeholders and Government of UAE to deliver over a billion dollars worth of projects in the valley. These projects include the development of industrial parks, a medical college, a specialty hospital, logistics centres, IT towers, and multipurpose towers, in addition to the Mall of Srinagar by Emaar.
Eminent dignitaries, including Sh Kailash Vijayvargiya, National General Secretary of BJP; Dr. Aman Puri, Consul General of UAE; Sh RR Bhatnagar, Advisor to Lt Governor; Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary and Sh. Nikhil Nanda, MD of Magna Waves Buildtech were present.