Digital Dev-Bhoomi: Mukesh Ambani Lays Down Ambitious Plan For Uttarakhand; Adani To Also Invest Rs 6,500 CroreReliance Industries Limited’s Chairman Mukesh Ambani (Pradeep Gaur/Mint via Getty Images) 

Among the world’s richest men, Reliance Industries Limited’s Chairman Mukesh Ambani has laid down an ambitious plan for a Digital Uttarakhand.

Ambani’s telecom venture Reliance Jio has already invested Rs 4,000 crore in the state. Speaking at the investor summit, he said that Jio will invest further in the state in the next two years and provide most of the 2,385 government schools and colleges with high speed internet connections.

He said that Jio is committed to a ‘Digital Uttarakhand’ where every citizen could have the best quality digital connectivity and services adding that Jio would take special care to promote industries and businesses that protect the environment. Ambani said that he wants to convert Uttarakhand from “Dev-Bhoomi Uttarakhand” to “Digital Dev-Bhoomi”.

“Jio will boost sustainable tourism. Jio will improve the delivery of healthcare, education and government services and improve the life of every citizen,” he said.

Adani group too has committed a sum of Rs 6,500 crore for investment in the state which was the largest investment proposal at the summit. The group is planning to invest in various projects in the state which includes a Rs 5,000 crore investment in a metro rail project, Rs 1,000 crore investment to upgrade power transmission in the state and Rs 500 crore to develop a logistics park.

“We see tremendous potential in Uttarakhand. Its economy has grown at a rate 11 per cent in the last fiscal year. We have also signed an MoU in the area of farm production,” Adani Enterprises Director Pranav Adani said.

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