Shimla, Oct 26 (UNI) The pace of industrialisation in Himachal Pradesh received a further boost today with the government's Single Window Clearance and Monitoring Authority clearing 18 new industrial units with a proposed investment of Rs 581.71 crore.
''The total investment in the state after the authority cleared the setting up of 18 new industrial units have crossed over Rs 21,000 crore during the last three years,'' Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said after the meeting.
He said that the Centre had sanctioned a sum of Rs. 45 crore for the widening and improvement of the Pinjore-Baddi-Barotiwala road to be constructed by the National Highways Authority of India.
Expressing his gratitude to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for providing funds for the project, he said the construction of the road was a long pending demand of the industrialists of the state.
Mr Singh said that his government had already notified the Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh Development Authority and a Chief Executive Officer has been appointed to head the authority.
The Chief Executive Officer has been empowered to undertake all civil, municipal and other works in the areas besides ensuring planned development of the industrial towns, he said.
He said the authority would be the sole agency to undertake all the projects of development and civic amenities in the industrial townships.
The government was also considering a proposal to construct working women hostel in the state to provide accommodation to the working women in the industrial areas, he said.
The chief minister said the industrialists who had set up their units in the industrial had been requested to construct houses for their workers.
Builders and developers were also being encouraged to construct residential accommodation for the skilled and unskilled workers in the industrial sector, he said.
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