The Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways was speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the dry port proposed to be constructed at Javas village, around five kms from here.

"In the first phase, Rs 350 crore would be spent on the project. The Jawharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), which is setting up this dry port, has already released Rs 93 crore for land acquisition," he added.

According to Gadkari, the dry port would reduce the cost of transportation of goods and lead to news industries in the region, which would provide employment opportunities.

"Just like in China, where they produce fertilisers from coal, the Centre plans to produce coal. This would make fertilisers available at cheaper rate for farmers," he said.

Gadkari also performed 'bhoomi pujan' of new roads being constructed at an expenditure of Rs 334 crore.

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