JKSFC signs MoU with IOCL to set up Van Padao in JK

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‘Wayside amenities to be created at various destinations for tourists’

JAMMU: J&K State Forest Corporation (JKSFC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Indian Oil Corporation Limited during an event held at Khanpur in Jammu to set up Van Padao (forest destination) for creating wayside amenities along with fuelling facility on JKSFC land.
The MoU was signed in the presence of Minister for Forest, Ecology & Environment, Choudhary Lal Singh & CGM I/C, J&K, HP & Punjab State Office Sandeep Jain.
Terming the MoU a golden milestone in the history of J&K State Forest Corporation, Lal Singh said it will create ‘first-of-its-kind model’ where infrastructure is developed by a central PSU and the land provided by the state, an official release read.
“It is indeed a moment of pleasure to have Indian Oil on board with us in this project”, said Lal Singh adding that when it comes to development initiatives in the state, “the oil PSUs have been highly supportive”.
These wayside amenities along with fuelling facility at halting places (Van Padao) for pilgrims from neighboring states visiting Shri Mata Vaishano Devi, Katra will be set up as a joint initiative of J&K State Forest Corporation and the Indian Oil Corporation, the release read further.
Indian Oil has joined hands with JKSFC for this project that aims to provide standardised and hygienic facility along with fuelling facility for commuters at regular intervals. These facilities shall have hygienic food courts, clean toilets, washrooms, facility for short stay, minor vehicle repairs, plant seeds and kiosks of other regular usable items. Distinct facilities will be developed for car and bus passengers, for truck drivers and transporters to cater to their diverse requirements, expectations and to suit the budget of each user, it added.