Industrial focal point to come up near Kapurthala

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Kapurthala, Feb 11 (UNI) The Punjab Government will set up a Industrial focal point on 216 acres of land at village Theh Kanjla near here, to promote industries in the state, Punjab Principal Secretary Industries A R Talwar said here.

Mr Talwar, accompanied by Punjab Small Industries Exports Corporation Managing Director S.S.Rajput, Deputy Commissioner J M Balamurugan and other officers earlier visited the open jail area at village Theh kanjla and approved the site for industrial focal point.

Mr Talwar also held a meeting with Rail Coach Factory (RCF) Secretary Rajnish Bansal and Chief Material Planning Manager R N Mishra regarding the setting up of ancillary units at the focal point.

Mr Talwar said that RCF was purchasing components amounting to over Rs 700 crore from other states while its purchase from the Industries of Punjab was a mere Rs 136 crore annually.

Mr Talwar said government would hold talks with the Industrial units located outside Punjab which were supplying components to Punjab to set up their units in the focal point.

He said government would provide infrastructural support like roads, water and power supply in the focal point. He said the approach roads from National Highway and Kapurthala linking to RCF would be widened to give an easy assess to the factory.

The other steps to promote and rejuvenate the industries in the state, Mr Talwar said Textile Park at Ludhiana and Barnala were being set up to promote garment industries.

He said the Central government had approved the textile park at Barnala and an engineering park was being set up at Ludhiana.

To improve the conditions of foundries at Batala, the Centre has approved the setting up of Rs 80 crore Industrial cluster, of which 75 per cent grant would be by the Centre while the 25 per cent would be contributed by the local industrialists.

He disclosed that government was also approaching the Central Leather Research Institute at Chennai to set up a leather park at leather complex Jalandhar. He said government would also set up an Industry cluster at Jalandhar to improve the conditions of hand tools and sport goods.

He said efforts were being made to revive the industrial focal point at Goindwal by setting up special economic zone there after making assessment of the area.

The Principal Secretary claimed that an investment of Rs 572 crorehad come to Punjab in the small and medium industries during the past ten months and government had approved 16 large projects amounting to Rs 2000 crore to be set up within five years.

Replying to a question regarding the shortage of power which is a main hindrance in the growth of Industries, he said new power plants were being set up to overcome the power crisis and there would be no shortage to the new industries.

Replying to another question, regarding the shifting of industries to other states, he said some pharmaceutical units have shifted to Himachal Pradesh because of the Centre extending concessions to Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand.

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