MP gets half of 6 industrial projects; Haryana loses out to Mah

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New Delhi, Mar 13 (UNI) Madhya Pradesh has got half of the six industrial projects worth Rs 373.50 crore sanctioned by the Central government, while Haryana lost a project to Maharasthra.

Of the remaining two projects, Jagdishpur in Amethi constituency of Congress president Sonia Gandhi got one, while one went to Jharkhand.

The projects, including a Central grant of Rs 247.80 crore, were sanctioned under Industrial Infrastructure Upgradation Scheme in a meeting held under the chairmanship of Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath on Tuesday, an official statment said today.

Madhya Pradesh, which elected Mr Kamal Nath to the Lok Sabha from Chhindwara constitutency, got three projects. These were a handloom cluster at Chanderi at a cost of Rs 24.39 crore, including Central grant of Rs 16.35 crore, an industry cluster worth Rs 70 crore, including Central component of Rs 50 crore, at Chhindwara and a cluster of readymade garments that will come up at Jabalpur at a cost of Rs 44.00 crore, including Central grant of Rs 32.95 crore.

In lieu of the earlier proposed textile cluster at Panipat in Haryana, an engineering cluster costing Rs 69.96 crore will be set up at Nashik in Maharasthra, the statement said, adding it included Rs 50 crore of the Central grant.

Jagdishpur in Amethi constituency got an industrial cluster worth Rs 99 crore, including Central grant of Rs 50 crore.

Jharkhand has been sanctioned an auto cluster at Adityapur, costing Rs 65 crore with a Central grant of Rs 48.75 crore.

So far, 26 projects worth Rs 1,766.18 crore with Central assistance of Rs 952.10 crore had been sanctioned under the scheme.

These projects, to be executed by special purpose vehicles involving the local industry associations, were aimed at improving the competitiveness of the clusters.

As many as 18 out of the 26 sanctioned projects were in Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The department of industrial policy and promotion obtained the approval of Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs(CCEA) for sanctioning six additional projects in less industrially developed states.

The scheme, launched in 2003, gets Central assistance up to 75 per cent of the project cost subject to a limit of Rs 50 crore. The remaining is funded by stakeholders of clusters subject to a minimum industry contribution of 15 per cent of the approved project cost.

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