A high level delegation led by the Himachal Pradesh, Industry Minister Mukesh Agnihotri on Saturday called on the Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma at the Udyog Bhawan here to discuss various ongoing and proposed new industrial project in the state.
It was decided in the meeting that two new state of the art industrial townships at Kandrori in Kangra district and Pandoga in Una district under the modified industrial infrastructure upgradation scheme at an estimated cost of Rs. 218.00 crores will be approved, wherein the Central assistance would be to the tune of Rs. 100.00 crores which would be released during the current financial year.
The Union Commerce Ministry also approved industrial infrastructure projects amounting to Rs 72.17 crore under the ASIDE scheme in the state for setting up of the export warehouse project at Baddi, composite pharma testing Lab at export cluster Baddi, upgradation of the power grid in the export promotion park at Baddi and setting up of common effluent treatment plant at Kala Amb in Sirmour District.
The Union Ministry also approved the setting up of a 10,000 MT capacity new apple juice concentrate plant by HPMC at Gumma in district Shimla with an estimated cost of Rs 15 crore and upgradation of the existing apple juice concentrate plant of HPMC at Parwanoo with an estimated cost of Rs 12 crore, under which the crushing capacity of the plant would be enhanced from 10,000 MT to 20,000 MT annually.
By setting up these plants, it would be possible to procure almost the entire quantity of apples produced in the state by the government under the MIS scheme every year.
It was also decided to consider other projects submitted by the HPMC for setting up of CA stores, packing houses and vegetable processing plants in the districts of Shimla, Chamba & Hamirpur.
Setting up of similar plants in Nagrota Bagwan in district Kangra and Una district was also principally agreed.
Moreover, APEDA will provide financial assistance for setting up of organic product certification agency in the state.
The APEDA shall also provide 50 percent of the registration charges to the HPMC for getting its products registered in different countries for export purposes.
Considering the potential of setting up of wineries in the state due to its favourable climate, it was decided that the Commerce Ministry would also assist the state in exploring possibility of setting up of wineries in the State along with wine manufacturing units in potential areas of Hamirpur, Kullu, Lahaul Spiti districts of the
It was informed in the meeting that the state government has decided to lease out land measuring 10 acres to the Spice Board for the setting up of Spice Park at Nadaun and the foundation stone of Rs. 17 crore Spice Park will be laid in Hamirpur district during February next.
The Union also agreed in-principle to finance Rs. 10 crore cost fruit and vegetable processing plant at Nagrota Bagwan in Kangra district for which the HPMC will submit Detailed Project Report in time bound manner.
The Union Ministry also agreed to provide one time relaxation in respect of pre registration of tourism elated projects for availing central investment subsidy.
The Union Commerce Ministry has agreed to release Rs. 25 crores for meeting out the pending liabilities under the central investment subsidy and Rs. 36.83 crores under Central Transport Subsidy.
The Union Commerce Ministry has also approved Rs 561.76 lakh cost special project for tea farm mechanization and development for the Kangra district of the state.
A sum of Rs 1.2 crore also has been sanctioned for setting up a Kangra tea museum at Palampur.
The Central government will also assist the state government for conducting survey for the identification of suitable coffee growing areas in the state.
It was informed that the state government proposal for extension of central investment subsidy is under active consideration of the central government for which positive decision is expected very shortly.
It was also decided to carry out a diagnostic study for cultivation and processing of grapes in different parts of the state for production of international standard wine for export purposes and offered financial and technological assistance in this regard.
It was also approved that the regional centre of Indian Institute of foreign trade would start working from April 2014.
--IBNS (Posted on 11-01-2014)