JAMMU, July 30: A delegation of Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) called on Khursheed Ganai, Advisor to the Governor and took up the issues related to Jammu region and pertaining to the trade and industry.
The delegation led by its, president Rakesh Gupta also submitted a detailed memorandum to the Advisor and also discussed some issues. They strongly projected the problems being faced by traders at Narwal Fruit Mandi.
The major issues projected during the meeting included continuation of pick and drop facility by Inter State buses at B C Road Bus Stand, early completion of Artificial Lake Project on River Tawi in Jammu.
The Chamber also demanded that specific advertisement campaign by the Tourism department be launched to highlight all the religious tourism circuits of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi, Shahdara Sharief and Nangali Sahib which shall not only promote tourism but also communal harmony. The detailed Memorandum submitted reads as under:
Giving details about Fruit Mandi, Chamber president said the Fruit & Vegetables Market Narwal in Jammu was to be developed on 800 kanals of land on modern and scientific lines so as to be one of the Main Fruits Market in the Northern India. Against 800 kanals of land, Mandi has been developed on just 326 kanals of land till date. 200 kanals has been taken back by Railways, while 125 kanals continued to be Forest land and rest land has been given to agencies such as NHPC, Banks, Fisheries department and the locals by the JDA.
With manifold increase in fresh and dry fruit production, which was 4 lakhs metric tons in 1980 has now gone up to 27 lakh metric tons during the year 2017 and it is expected to touch 40 lakh metric tons within the next few years. About 10 to 15 thousand people visit this market daily from across J&K and others states of the country which includes growers, traders, exporters, buyers, security forces, transporters etc. Besides about 4000 workers are permanently putting up in the complex on the premises of shop owners. This Mandi being the largest revenue / employment generating market in the State, but it has been ignored in respect of basic infrastructure facilities. Chamber demanded establishment of Mega Market with food processing Park there, remodel the shops design in the market complex, providing for Canteen facility in the market, ensure development of Phase-II, speed up work of Atrificial Tawi lake and holding of national artists camp in Jammu.