Haryana invites NRI entrepreneurs to invest in the state

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New Delhi, Jan 9 (UNI) Haryana today called upon NRI entrepreneurs to invest in building a strong Indian economy as the state government has identified Infrastructure projects, Agro based and food processing, Electronics and Information and Technology, Automobiles and auto components, Textiles and Apparels and export oriented units for investment in the state.

Addressing the plenary session of Parvasi Bhartiya Divas here, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said that the exports from the state had exceeded Rs 30,000 crore in 2006-07 and major export items were software, Automobiles and auto-components, garments, rice, handloom products, scientific instruments, electrical appliances,pickles and Guar Gum.

He claimed that the software exports which were just Rs 300 crore about five years back, have touched Rs 14,000 crore this year.

''Haryana is the third largest exporter of software among the Indian states with a growth rate two-and-a-half times that of the national average,''he added.

The Chief Minister said that as a result of the new policy initiatives of the present state government, the state had already attracted investments to the tune of Rs 28,000 crore and investments of about Rs 68,000 crore were in the pipeline.

He informed that there were proposals for setting up 91 Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in Haryana and the Central Government had already approved 57 of these. SEZs are being set up by Reliance Industries, DLF and Unitech in Gurgaon, Jhajjar, Sonepat and Ambala, he said and added that the growth of industries which was earlier Gurgaon-Faridabad centric, has spread to all parts of the state which were earlier dubbed as low potential areas.

After developing Gurgaon as a mega corridor to the NCR, the Chief Minister said the government also planned to develop Panchkula and surrounding areas in Chandigarh capital region with emphasis on IT and related sectors and a petro-chemical hub was also being set up at Panipat to utilise the capital feedstock from IOCL refinery for downstream units.

The state government also planned to develop a global economic corridor along the six-lane Kundli-Maneshar-Palwal expressway with the objectives to open new opportunities for the development of new urban and industrial townships and it was being further supplemented by creating the metro extension upto Gurgaon, Faridabad and Bahadurgarh, he said.

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